Every year more people are getting diagnosed with cancer. Due to poor chemical regulation, many known carcinogens such as formaldehyde, naphthalene, BPAs, triclosan, among many other health damaging toxins, end up in the water we drink, the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the products we use on a daily basis.
Because they are available on the market many of us assume that they are completely save and aren’t aware of the many health problems they could cause.
Here’s a list of common household products you should get rid of to protect your family’s health and wellness:
1. Air Fresheners and Cleaning Products
In a 2008 study at University of Washington, Anne Steinemann and her team found that many air fresheners on the market are loaded with cancer-causing chemicals. Essential oils are a much better and safer way to freshen up your home.
Moths nibbling holes in your favorite fabrics, not the most pleasant creatures to have in your house. But mothballs aren’t the best method to keep them away. Most types contain paradichlorobenzene or naphthalene, which can cause cell damage and cancer. A much safer and natural alternative: cedar chips.
According the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 40 percent of the candles sold contain lead in their wicks to make them firmer. They release 5 times more lead than what our children can handle and can cause hormone dysfunction, behavioral issues, and learning disabilities. To protect your family opt for beeswax candles with cotton wicks, or why not try and make your own.
4. Nonstick Cookware
When non-stick or Teflon cookware is heated at high temperature or gets scratched it releases perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and other chemicals which end up in our food. Safer cookware for you to use: glass, cast-iron, copper or ceramic/porcelain coated pans.
Similar to the dirty dozen food list the Environmental Working Group created, National Geographic’s Green Guide lists toxic chemicals found in skin care products. These include lead, formaldehyde, mercury, parabens, and phthalates, and are all known to cause serious health issues, including cancer. Opt for organic, natural skin care products or try and make your own.
6. Conventional Deodorants and Antiperspirants
Deodorants are made so they remain on our body for hours and most of their ingredients get absorbed through the skin. Including cancer-causing compounds such as aluminum, triclosan, and phthalates