We use many things in our house daily for the up keeping purposes. Many people use these items as they are advertised as house hold use items and safe for such uses.
It may seem like common sense that definitely no products would exist on the market if they caused harm to humans. But sadly, this is not the case and many items are freely available for simple home use, are truly potentially life threatening.
Even the most doubtful household items actually contain cancer causing components. These household items come in contact with all of the products many times in a course of a day. And here are 6 such household items that you should take precautions against.
1. Air Freshener
Air Fresheners are used in every home to keep them smelling fresh and peachy. They come in form of aerosol containers and cubes of scented fresheners.
While you may possibly want to keep your air feeling good, more or less you are poisoning your own body in the course. Probable carcinogens are being released in the air and many of them contain “phthalates”, which dangerously affect reproductive health and makes ailments like asthma more dangerous.
In place of such harmful fresheners, you should opt for in house made fresheners such as refined vinegar and some drops of essential oils (like peppermint, lavender). Put the mixture in a spray bottle, mix it well and spray.
2. Scented Candles
Scented candles are used in every household in order to keep the house and especially the bathroom filled with pleasant aroma. Since the place always reeks of fungus and bad smell thanks to constant use of water and the loo, these inexpensive (ok, some expensive) candles can change the mood and make a person relaxed during their bath time.
But it is not a common knowledge that scented candles may possibly contain toxins and carcinogens. Even the wicks could be made of lead, despite being banned and it is better to check it again. The best way to do it is by using a piece of paper to hold the wick and drawing it line by kind of wiping it.
If there is no line on the paper, the wick is lead free. If the wick is made up of lead or candle contains impurities, you can light it and check for gray colored soot to form on the paper, that you can hold high above the flame.
3. Antibacterial products
Recently tricolsan was banned in the EU. Why does it affect you? Well, tricolsan is the main ingredients in soaps and cosmetics which are marketed as anti-bacterial and safe for use by humans.
In fact, silver is a better option if you want something anti-bacterial and which does not harm the human body in any way. Otherwise be safe and buy only organic anti-bacterial soaps and cosmetics which contain naturally occurring bacteria fighting plants and essential oils in them.
4. Carpet cleaners
Carpet cleaners are made out of very heavy and harmful chemicals as they need to remove some stubborn stains from the carpet.
Ingesting and inhaling such chemicals can invite trouble like lung cancer, as these cleaners have chemicals such as perchloroethylene and naphthalene. Naphthalene can be also dangerous as it is the main component of the widely used mothballs.
Use alternative methods such as sprinkling carpets with baking soda and then cleaning them with a mixture of water and vinegar. This cleaning solution is natural and won’t cause problems like throat and lung cancers. Otherwise choose steam cleaning.
5. Dry cleaning products
Dry cleaning is done using chemicals like etrachlorethylene or Perchloroethylene. These contain harmful carcinogens which can be absorbed by your body when your wears freshly dry cleaned clothes.
Hence confirm that your dry cleaner does not use these ingredients in their process of cleaning clothes, as wearing such clothes can lead to various types of cancer.
6. Insecticides and Pesticides
The names themselves are self-explanatory, but still it’s a good reminder that these things not only affect humans but your pets as well.
There may be harmful carcinogens present in the pet friendly tick and flea control products that you use, which in turn can harm both you and your pets. They may contain organophosphate insecticides, permethrin, and carbamates, which are more possibly dangerous and carcinogenic to humans.