Living in a world full of rubbish, pollution, and a waste of a lot of electricity can affect our health. But sometimes there are more dangers in our home rather than outside of them such as the infamous formaldehyde, methylene and chloride nitrobenzene. They are all carcinogens and can be found in items you use every day like dyes, shampoos, rubber, plastic, perfumes.
The items you have considered as totally safe are actually potential cancer-causers you should get rid of as soon as possible since they can cause health problems to you and your family.
1. Air fresheners
Many air fresheners have volatile organic compounds, toxins and carcinogens such as phthalate esters in their formulas. A Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a study of the 13 common household air fresheners, which found that most of the surveyed products contain chemicals that can affect reproductive development and aggravate asthma.
According to Anne Steinemann of the University of Washington, and her study in 2008, all air – fresheners tested gave off chemicals regulated as hazardous or toxic under federal laws, including carcinogens with no safe exposure level. However, none of these chemicals were listed on the product labels or Material Safety Data Sheets. Try natural fragrances from essential oils, as a replacement.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducted a study according to which 40% of the most used candles have led in their wicks, especially the scented candles. This is because the fragrances in them soften the wax so lead is added in order to make the wicks more stable.
CPSC says that the types of candles which contain lead are five times more harmful because they are way higher than the standards for outdoor air pollution on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Overexposure to them may lead to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and many other health problems.
So next time chose candles made from bees was which have cotton wicks and are 100% natural.
Although they prevent water to spray all over the floor, shower curtains release toxic chemicals known as volatile organic compounds. These VOCs can damage your respiratory tract, central nervous system, liver, and kidneys.
To protect yourself from this potential cancer causes, instead of average plastic shower curtains, you can purchase shower curtains made from hemp, linen, birch or organic cotton.
Unlikely as it may sound, conventional shampoos have too many toxic ingredients. Funny as it may sound, their effects are still being researched, and there is no scientific consensus whether they cause cancer. But if you want to be on the safe side, you can use any of the myriads of handmade shampoo bars, offered on Etsy.
5. Art supplies
Art supplies such as permanent markers, acrylic paints and solvents, Epoxy and rubber cement glues contain chemicals that are linked to organ damage, allergies, and cancer. We know that children are particularly vulnerable to toxins, because of their immature immune system and higher metabolism, so we have to pay extra care with the products they use.
The thing which is not familiar to us is that deodorants and antiperspirants contain toxic ingredients which may cause cancer. Also, they are made to stay on our skin for a long time in order to protect us from a bad smell. Due to this fact, the time for absorption of these toxic substances is prolonged. In order to stay safe, you can give up using them or just find a natural way to stay fresh.