Carcinogens are substances that can cause cancer. Exposure to carcinogens can be harmful to your health.
Formaldehyde, nitrobenzene and methylene chloride are carcinogens which may be found in rubber, plastic, dyes, perfumes, shampoos etc. All of us have these products at home and this means that we are surrounded by substances which may cause more harm than good to us.
Here is a list of all items that we have at home and which may provoke health issues. After reading this, make a decision if you still want to keep these items in your house near you and your family.
- Air fresheners
A study of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where 13 most common air fresheners were tested showed that they contain chemicals which may cause asthma or impair the reproductive development. Another study conducted in 2008 by Anne Steinemann of the University of Washington where the most common air fresheners were tested showed that they contained ingredients which according to the federal laws are toxic and carcinogens with no safe exposure level. Despite all of this, none of the chemicals weren’t listed on the labels or in the Material Safety Data Sheets. So next time when you want to refresh your house try natural fragrances or essential oil.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducted a study according to which 40% of the most used candles have lead in their wicks, especially the scented candles. This is because the fragrances in them soften the wax so lead is added in order to make the wicks more stable.
CPSC says that the types of candles which contain lead are five times more harmful because they are way higher than the standards for outdoor air pollution on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Overexposure to them may lead to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and many other health problems.
So next time chose candles made from bees was which have cotton wicks and are 100% natural.
- Art supplies
Children are more sensitive to toxins and than adults. This is why it is very important to be careful what kinds of colors they use for their drawings. It is known that some of the art supplies such as Epoxy and rubber cement glues, acrylic paints and solvents and permanent markers contain chemicals linked to allergies, organ damage and cancer. So next time when you buy colors for your kids look for the ones with green labels or the natural ones.
Maybe it will be strange for you to hear that shampoos have toxins in it, especially because we use them every day but this is true. While you are reading this researches are being done in order to discover whether they may cause cancer. But if you want to be on the safe side than chose the natural, handmade soaps and shampoos.
The thing which is not familiar to us is that deodorants and antiperspirants contain toxic ingredients which may cause cancer. Also they are made to stay on our skin for long time in order to protect us from bad smell. Due to this fact the time for absorption of these toxic substances is prolonged. In order to stay safe you can give up using them or just find a natural way to stay fresh.
- Shower curtains
VOC or volatile organic chemicals are harmful chemicals which are emitted from the shower curtains. These chemicals not only that affect you but also they pollute the environment.
In order to say safe and to protect yourself and your family try to avoid the items from this list and find better natural alternatives.