Our homes are not safe as they used to be. The things we use everyday are causing us a lot of harm. The shampoos, perfumes, rubber, dyes are full of carcinogens like nitrobenzene, formaldehyde and methylene chloride.
Following are the 7 most harmful things you may use at home. It is not well known that they are harmful. Read about it to protect yourself and your family.
Homemade shampoos are the best for use. This is because commercial shampoos are made of toxic substances. It has not been proven that they are carcinogenic though.
The wicks used by 40% of candle makers have lead in them. This is because the fragrance oils used in candles makes the wax very soft. To keep the wicks firm, lead is used. This has been found by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The lead in wick is very harmful for children as it releases five times more lead above the prescribed limit. This causes more pollution that given by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limits.
Lead can cause a lot of damage to health. It can disrupt hormonal balance, cause behavior issues and learning disabilities.
It is therefore safer to use normal beeswax candles with cotton wicks.
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has performed a study on common air fresheners being used in households. It has found that all of them contain volatile organic compounds which are toxins and carcinogenic. They contain phthalate esters. These can cause reproductive issues and worsen asthma.
Anne Steinemann of the University of Washington showed that the chemicals in air freshener are toxic and harmful. They violate the federal laws of safety. Their exposure is beyond safety limits.
These harmful ingredients are not mentioned on the labels of these products. It is thus better to use natural oils as room fresheners.
Insecticides and Pesticides
Most insecticides and pesticides we use contain organophosphate insecticides, permethrin and carbamates. These products, which are used to control ticks and lice are actually harmful for both humans and pets as they are made of carcinogenic compounds.
Even plastic shower curtains are harmful. They release volatile organic chemicals or VOCs which are nothing but toxic chemicals. All these chemicals go into the environment and your bath.
The chemicals which are used to make art products are found to be allergy causing, organ damaging and carcinogenic. Some of these products are Epoxy and rubber cement glues, solvents and acrylic paints and permanent markers.
Children have immature immune systems. Their metabolism is high as well. Thus, they are more prone to the toxins of these products. It is better to use art products made from green, organic chemicals. You can try making them on your own too.
The antiperspirants and deodorants we use regularly also contain chemicals which can cause cancer.
This is because these products are in contact with our body for long periods of time. They can then enter the body through our skin and cause serious health issues. Antiperspirants and deodorants can easily be made at home using natural products. It is not difficult to find recipes for them.
The last product to be avoided is conventional cleaners.
To have a healthy life, please try avoiding using these products at homes and work places.