Are you using these 8 toxic household items?
8 Household Items You Didn’t Know Were Poisoning You
In a, “go green,” society, it can be overwhelming to consider all the harmful products we’re using in our everyday lives. And while it’s impossible to avoid toxins completely, there are ways you can drastically reduce your exposure to them, starting with these 8 household items you didn’t know were potentially harming you and your family.
PLASTIC FOOD CONTAINERS
Plastic breaks down over time, and this breakdown can release dangerous chemicals into your food. Many plastic containers are made from chemicals including phthalates, which act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Switch to glass containers.
- NON-STICK PANS
Many nonstick pans contain trace amounts of a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. The pans' non-stick lining can scratch or chip off into your food. Instead, use cast iron or stainless-steel cookware, and natural, non-stick sprays such as olive oil.
- AIR FRESHENERS
Plug-in scents or synthetically scented candles many contain chemicals called phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive problems. Instead, choose candles made with essential oils and fresh flowers to scent your home. Also, try using baking soda and white vinegar as odor absorbers.
The one-word ingredient “perfume” can translate to a product containing upwards of 300 chemical ingredients. Avoid perfumes and colognes or switch to products that are scented with natural oils.
- OVEN CLEANERS
These cleaners can contain corrosive alkalis that can cause difficulty breathing, throat swelling, vision loss, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Use baking soda and vinegar.
Many antiperspirants use aluminum-based compounds and other chemicals, which are absorbed into the sweat glands. You can find aluminum-free antiperspirants, and there are many chemical-free brands of natural deodorant sticks and sprays.
- ALUMINUM FOIL
Wrapping your protein or veggies in aluminum foil to roast your food is a go-to for many. But unlike aluminum cookware, which is oxidized, aluminum foil can leach into your food when cooked at a high temperature.
- FLAME RETARDANTS
Flame retardants use polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs for short. Studies have linked PBDEs to learning and memory problems and other health issues. Good idea to check your mattress label!