1. Air Fresheners/Scented Products
This is probably the number one product that everyone has in their home in one form or another. Any household item that contains some type of fragrance or “perfume” has a toxic chemical called phthalates. This includes everything from air fresheners, to scented laundry soap. Although the main exposure to this toxin is through inhalation, they can also be absorbed through the skin via scented soaps or lotions. This is particularly dangerous as the skin has no protection from chemicals, unlike our digestive systems; chemicals on the skin go directly into the blood stream and the organs of the body.
You might know this more commonly as chlorine bleach. It’s found in almost every type of laundry whitener, toilet cleaner, mold remover, and kitchen cleaner. Dry products, such as scouring powder can also contain chlorine. Many municipalities even add chlorine to drinking water to kill bacteria. You are exposed to the fumes, it is absorbed through the skin when you shower or wash your hands. Chlorine irritates the nasal and respiratory passages, and is a major cause of thyroid dysfunction
3. Art and Office Supplies
You probably can’t imagine how something as seemingly harmless as a marker can be harmful to your health, but it’s true. Almost all glues, acrylic paints, and the solvents used in marking pens, contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to organ damage, allergies, and certain types of cancer.
4. Pesticides and Herbicides
Weed killers and pesticides are made to kill bugs and weeds but this means they can also kill or do serious harm to you! One of the most popular herbicides, Round Up, has been shown in studies to cause reproductive and kidney damage in mice. A popular ant and roach killing spray that is found in almost every household has been shown to irritate the skin, eyes, respiratory system and have profoundly negative effects on a person’s central nervous system.
Quats is the abbreviation used for the chemical Quaternary Ammonium Compounds. This is a long name for a dangerous toxin that is found in most cleaners that labels themselves as “antibacterial,” as well as fabric softeners, both sheet and liquid types.Like chlorine, quats sound like a great way to kill bacteria; however the truth is that these types of antibacterial products are actually creating super resistant bacteria, known as “super bugs.” Quats are also linked to respiratory issues and skin irritation.
6. Scented Candles
In many of the same ways that air fresheners contain toxins, scented candles carry the same risk. One study done by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission discovered that nearly half of all scented candles that are sold on the market contain lead in the wick. Lead is released into the air when these candles are burned. Lead is used to make the wicks last longer and burn more steadily but lead is a deadly toxin that leads to behavior problems, hormone disruption, and other health problem.
Paraffin wax also creates highly toxic compounds when they are burned. Toluene and benzene are both known carcinogens which are released into the air anytime paraffin wax candles are burned. Some candles also use artificial colors and artificial fragrances which you inhale whenever you burn one of these candles
7. Shower Curtains
They seem so harmless, but that new shower curtain smell is actually the result of the plastic or vinyl releasing deadly chemicals into the air. Shower curtains can emit as many as 108 different types of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) which are known to cause damage to the central nervous system, the liver, kidneys, and the lungs.
8. Hair Shampoos and Conditioners
This is a really hot topic as of late. Many people have been unaware of the toxins that are used in personal care items, even those that are labeled as being organic or natural. Read the labels and you will find chemicals such as polyethylene glycol (PEG), cocamide DEA, and sodium lauryl sulfate, which make cancer causing agents when they are used together
You might have heard about this chemical on the news when it was discovered that it was being used in a popular brand of toothpaste. Triclosan is a very aggressive antibacterial compound that actually encourages the growth of super bugs. There is no evidence that shows that triclosan works any better than soap or makes us safer from pathogens in any way. However, there is plenty of evidence that shows that triclosan interferes with our bodies hormones. In fact, there has been so much evidence of this that the FDA is currently reviewing the data and is expected to make a decision sometime in 2016. Besides humans, triclosan is dangerous to marine life and kills algae,
10. Deodorants and Antiperspirants
Almost everyone relies on some type of deodorant to control body odor and perspiration. However, these products contain cancer causing chemicals such as aluminum chlorohydrate. As we talked about earlier, items place on the skin are absorbed directly into the blood and cause cancers, which is one reason why breast cancers have become so prevalent in Western Society.
Many antiperspirants also contain parabens, which imitate estrogen in the body and encourages the growth of cancer cells. The exposure to parabens has also been linked to nausea, depression of the central nervous system, and damage to the digestive system.
Wireless routers and modems send signals to your computers, though the walls of your house, via electromagnetic radiation. The low frequency EMF’s(electro magnetic frequency) seem to disturb the human body’s own energy field which can lead to fatigue, cancer, possibly even DNA changes.
A number of people claim that they are having health related issued due to exposure to Wi-Fi. The symptoms are numerous and wide ranging, from irregular heartbeats, dizziness, headaches, poor concentration, digestive problems, anxiety or depression, and excessive fatigue. Many people claim they received immediate relief when they turned off their Wi-Fi or left an area full of Wi-Fi signals.
12. Tartar Control Toothpaste
Some of the most trusted name brands of toothpaste that you would assume are safe contain some terrible ingredients that you don’t want near your family. Read the labels carefully. Many products, especially tartar control toothpastes, contain saccharin, which is a known carcinogenic; dyes FD&C Blue #1 (and sometimes other artificial colors), which are linked to behavior problems and certain types of cancer; as well as large amounts of fluoride, which has been linked to heart disease, lower IQ levels in children, and is believed to calcify the penal gland.