There are unlimited items on the market regarding household items needs. Whether you’re looking for a new deodorizer, a stain remover, or cookware, there are thousands of options to choose from. We trust companies, as we believe that our best interest is in mind.
However, many of these products are packed with chemicals and toxins. These chemicals find their way into our bodies, negatively affecting our health. The following ten household items create negative effects, so think twice before buying these items.
10 Household Items That Are Harmful to Your Health
#1. Antibacterial Products
Germs are everywhere, on every surface we touch. The media has a large part to play regarding the public’s fear of these microorganisms. Antibacterial products were created for this purpose, allowing individuals to kill all germs with one quick squeeze of a bottle. These antibacterial products are packed with chemicals.
The most common additive is ‘triclosan,’ which can be found in soaps and toothpaste to toys. This additive accumulates in the body, as a shocking 97% of breastfeeding mothers were found to have triclosan in their milk.
Excessively using these products can also hinder one’s immune system. This is especially true for children who are developing their natural defense systems.
It is believed that exposure to household germs is beneficial, allowing for stronger immune systems to develop. Soap and water is also much more environmentally friendly.
#2. Cooking with Non-Stick Pans
When non-stick pans were first introduced to the market, they were well received. This was first introduced in the 1960s; however, many household items are still using this pan. Sure, it’s easier to clean, but the coating is toxic.
The coating that makes these pans non-stick is referred to as polytetrafluoroethylene or PTFE. When this coating is heated, it begins to release toxic gases. These gases have been linked to several health conditions, including cancer, reproductive damage, and several other harmful effects.
When possible, avoid these pans altogether. Stainless steel and cast iron are your best bet. If you must use these pans, avoid using them at high temperatures. If you cook on medium heat or less, the effects associated with PTFE tend to be less prominent.
Mothballs are essentially small balls of chemical pesticide. They’re either made with p-dichlorobenzene or naphthalene. Both of these chemical compounds are toxic. They’re known to create headaches and dizziness, and irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system.
#4. Air Fresheners
It’s nice to make your room smell like vanilla, but at what cost? Just as mothballs can negatively affect one’s respiratory system, air freshener products have the potential to do the same. They include chemicals that are known to cause hormonal abnormalities and even congenital disabilities.
Opt for essential oils, adding a few drops to boiling water. You can also simmer your favorite scents, such as cinnamon (simmering cinnamon sticks in a pot of water). Allow fresh air to circulate through your home, and there will be no need for these synthetic scents.
#5. Laundry Detergent
Once again, we need to keep our clothes clean. However, conventional laundry detergent contains chemicals that create a variety of negative health effects. These effects range from skin irritation to carcinogenic effects.
Be conscious of the products you’re buying. If a product says ‘danger’ or ‘warning,’ then avoid them. There are many tricks for clean, chemical-free laundry. You can make your detergent, replace fabric softener with
vinegar, pre-treat stains with baking soda, and so much more.
#6. Dryer Sheets
Just like detergent, dryer sheets contain various chemicals. Researchers have found that dryer vents can release more than twenty-five volatile compounds. Seven of these compounds are classified as hazardous air pollutants.
Since most dryers do not have a vent that is released outdoors (which wouldn’t be beneficial for the environment either), you can create indoor air pollution. Once again, essential oils are great. Place a few drops on a damp rag, then throw it in with your load.
#7. Shower Curtains
This may come as a shock, but some shower curtains can emit toxins. This is due to PVC (vinyl) curtains which contain more than one hundred volatile organic compounds. These compounds linger in the air, which finds their way into your respiratory system and bloodstream.
Some curtains also contain phthalates, which are linked to various disorders. These disorders have disrupted both reproductive and developmental processes. If you’re looking to purchase a new curtain, opt for hemp, linen, or organic cotton.
#8. Baby Bottle and BPA
Some countries have already banned baby bottles made from polycarbonate plastics, which are the most common on the market. These plastic products are made with a chemical known as bisphenol-A (better known as BPA).
It is known as a hormone disrupter, as it is structurally similar to estrogen. This is especially true for young children. Make sure you’re avoiding BPA within your baby bottles, as well as drinking water bottles.
#9. Cleaning Supplies
We need to clean our homes, as many places accumulate dirt and grim. When purchasing your cleaning supplies, be conscious of the ingredients used. All-purpose cleaners tend to include ammonia, which is linked to liver and kidney damage.
It would help if you also were concerned about your respiratory system. This is especially true for oven cleaners, which can release toxic fumes. Choose non-toxic cleaners to avoid any potential health issues. There are also many DIY household cleaner recipes. These generally include ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, or citrus fruits.
#10. Windshield Wiper Fluid
Of course, you wouldn’t purposely drink windshield wiper fluid. However, Who can absorb some of the chemicals through the skin. These poisonous chemicals can either be absorbed into the bloodstream, inhaled, or accidentally ingested. Methanol damages the liver, brain, kidneys and can cause blindness.