20 Toxic Household Products That Are Still Selling

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Certain products are indeed vital to people’s homes, but some don’t realize that they are extremely toxic. Household items like bleach, air fresheners, and mattresses, all of which contain dangerous toxins, can harm your health. Please continue reading to learn about the items you should think twice about buying.

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Don’t Buy Sunscreen With This Ingredient

While most dermatologists recommend using sunscreen when spending time outside, there are some sunscreens to avoid. Consumers must avoid using sunscreens that contain oxybenzone.

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When oxybenzone comes into contact with the skin, it can cause a variety of health issues, including allergies and hormone disruption.

Non-Stick Pots And Pans Contain PFOA

Nonstick pots and pans were created to assist in speeding up the cleaning process in the kitchen, but they aren’t the healthiest cooking utensils.

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The majority of these nonstick pots and pans contain PFOA. PFOA has been associated with weight gain, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and ovarian, kidney, and prostate malignancies, according to Environmental Health Perspectives.

Look Out For The Chemicals In Perfume

Perfumes, due to their extraordinarily powerful smells, are likely to include dangerous compounds, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Toxic compounds such as benzaldehyde, camphor, ethyl acetate, benzyl acetate, and others may be present. When these pollutants are breathed, they can induce headaches, lung and kidney damage, and skin, eye, and throat irritation.

Flea And Tick Medicine Has Pesticides

Dog owners are well aware that they must take care to safeguard their pets from fleas and ticks. While these medications prevent biting, they do contain hazardous substances.

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Pesticides are known to be used in several flea and tick remedies. Unfortunately, chemicals included in these medications can cause nerve damage and other disorders.

 

Avoid These Toxins In Deodorant

When choosing deodorants or other antiperspirants, there are various factors to keep in mind. Avoid purchasing deodorants that include aluminum-based compounds, parabens, or chemicals like PEG-8 and PEG-40.

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Toxins received by sweat glands can cause allergies, renal illness, breast cancer, and other dangerous disorders.

Carpets Can Damage Your Health

While wall-to-wall carpeting gives the area a more colorful and lively appearance, it can be harmful to your health.

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New carpets, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These have been connected to major health problems such as eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms.

Why You Should Check Your Mattresses

Mattresses may be one of the most comfortable places in the house, but that doesn’t mean they can’t harm your health.

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Unfortunately, mattresses have been shown to contain the toxin PBDE. PBDE causes a variety of health issues, including brain and reproductive damage, poor sperm quality, and thyroid issues. Fortunately, PBDE-containing mattresses are prohibited in Canada and several states in the United States.

Time To Toss Out The Mothballs

Mothballs are typically stored in closets and drawers to prevent moths from destroying clothing. Mothballs, on the other hand, are created with a chemical known as naphthalene.

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Naphthalene is known to cause red blood cell damage, respiratory disorders, headaches, nausea, and other side effects. The chemical has also been connected to cancer in animals, and it is unclear whether the same may occur in people.

Don’t Breathe In Air Fresheners

Artificial air fresheners and other artificial items used to add aroma to houses aren’t always good for your health.

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These often include phthalates, which can interfere with reproduction. According to Everyday Health, anything you breathe in will ultimately wind up in your bloodstream. Try essential oils, fresh flowers, baking soda, or white vinegar instead.

Plastic Food Containers Are Dangerous

Most plastic containers, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, are constructed of numerous chemicals, including phthalates.

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Phthalates can disrupt the body’s endocrine system, causing harm to the developmental, reproductive, and neurological systems. Because plastic degrades over time, these chemicals can leach into your food.

Look Again At Oven Cleaner Warnings

Because various types of food stream out of ovens, they are one of the messiest locations in the kitchen. While oven cleansers normally come with warning labels, some customers may want to double-check.

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The majority of oven cleansers include caustic alkalis. When breathed or swallowed, this substance can harm your respiratory system and gastrointestinal tract.

Why Experts Are Concerned By Printers

Since many individuals have begun working from home, a high number of them likely possess printers.

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Laser printers, according to the American Chemical Society, are truly dangerous to your health. They produce a lot of particulate matter into the air, which is comparable to what cigarettes emit.

Skip The Furniture Polish

Furniture polish and stain may add a gleam to your home, but they are exceedingly hazardous. The majority of them contain compounds like phenol and nitrobenzene.

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If consumed or breathed, furniture polish can cause skin cancer and even death. The polish on the furniture might easily migrate to your hands or tongue.

Check To See If Your Paint Is Chipping

Interiors of homes built in the late 1970s or earlier are likely to be coated in lead-based paint. When the paint begins to chip, it becomes hazardous.

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Ingestion or inhalation of lead-based paint can result in weight loss, headaches, brain damage, and lead poisoning. In addition, some contemporary paints contain VOCs, which are harmful.

Shower Curtains Can Lead To Decreased Brain Function

It is critical to investigate all of your household objects since even the most ordinary contain hazardous components.

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Shower curtains, for example, are a common source of risk. Some of them have been shown to contain phthalates. These are the most harmful to youngsters and can harm their brain function by impeding learning and memory.

Bug Spray Harms More Than Just Pests

Those who have troublesome bugs in their home would try anything to get rid of them. While bug sprays provide an immediate solution, they are highly toxic.

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Skin blisters, seizures, memory loss, migraines, joint stiffness, shortness of breath, and neurotoxicity have all been associated with these pesticides.

 

Bleach Inhalation Can Be Fatal

Although bleach is commonly used to brighten clothing, there are several potential adverse effects for people who breathe this deadly chemical.

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Inhaling bleach can cause internal burns, scarring, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and even death. Instead, seek laundry and cleaning products manufactured with natural components.

Plastic Water Bottles May Have BPA And More

Reusable water bottles are preferred by ecologically aware people since plastic water bottles are harmful to the environment.

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Plastic water bottles are not only harmful to the environment, but they may also contain hazardous substances. While most plastic water bottles are now BPA-free, they are still created with additional carcinogens.

Laundry Detergents Have Extremely Toxic Chemicals

Laundry detergent is one of the most harmful home commodities, so make sure you read the label. The Environmental Working Group has given hundreds of detergents poor ratings due to hazardous components.

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Because the detergent compositions are so concentrated, they might cause respiratory difficulties, eye damage, gastrointestinal troubles, and other problems.

Extension Cords

When extension cables are utilized incorrectly, they can become dangerous. People frequently use every outlet available, not realizing that there is a voltage capacity. Plugging in too many gadgets may overload the product and create a fire.

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Extension cables are the top cause of house fires in the United States!

 

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