The truth is that there are a number of known carcinogens in our homes lurking in the shower, the toilet, the kitchen cupboard, and the rest of the house that have the potential to substantially increase the risk of you or your family developing cancer.
Here is a list of potential dangers, from air-fresheners to shower curtains, which you can look out for to make your home safe again.
Anti-dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders “Dry Scalp 2-in-1” product contain methylchloroisothiazolinone, which is a suspected mutagen. They also contain ammonium laureth sulfate, which, although won’t cause any health problems on its own (apart from stinging if it gets in your eye), can sometimes be contaminated during the manufacturing process such as 1,4-dioxane. Early studies with rats found that this contaminant causes cancer, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has said it’s reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen as well.
The other possibly dangerous and toxic product in your home could be hidden within your favorite scented candles. We all know that lead can be dangerous and lead poisoning can be disastrous for health, but when you see descriptions like essential oil and aromatherapy, you automatically assume that these products are healthy.
Although the US Consumer Council has banned the sale of candles containing lead wicks, it is still a good idea to check your candles to make sure they don’t contain this potentially dangerous substance. Many scented products also contain dozens of harmful toxins and carcinogens. So check the chemicals used to create the scents of your products too.
A simple way to check your candles is to use a piece of paper. Holding the wick, try to draw a line on the paper. If there is no line, then the wick most likely does not contain lead. You can also light the candle and hold the paper high above the flame. If a gray soot residue forms, your candles may contain lead.
3. Air Fresheners
Air fresheners and perfumes contain fragrance, which uses up to 3,000 chemicals to create a particular scent. These can lead to neurological problems, poor immunity, autoimmune disorders, dermatitis, respiratory distress, asthma, eye irritation, cancer, allergies, infertility, miscarriage, and so much more.
Worse yet, the ingredients are not required to be listed on the products, meaning that you never really know what you’re breathing in.
Instead make your own room spray with water, a teaspoon almond oil and 20 drops of so of your favorite essential oil in a 2oz spray bottle.
4. Shower Curtains
When it comes to shower curtains, PVC and vinyl have been popular for dozen years but there’s increasing evidence that show that one of these materials aren’t safe. Researchers found that PVC shower curtains can release up to 108 Volatile Organic Compounds, including 7 which are on the EPA’s list of hazardous air pollutants.
Every time you shower, you breathe in these compounds. Prolonged exposed is linked to damage of the liver, central nervous system, respiratory system, reproductive system, and can contribute to developmental damage.
Instead, buy organic cotton or hemp curtains and wash and iron them often to prevent mold.
5. Art Supplies
Art supplies like glue, paint and permanent markers shouldn’t be used by your children during craft time. In fact, the products are known to cause headaches, nausea, burns, breathing problems, lung and kidney damage as well as cancer.
This is the reason that so many craft products have warning labels that caution that the product should not be inhaled, ingested or placed on skin.
Instead, look for the AP or CP seal on the products you give you children, which proves that they are non-toxic. Better yet, replace water with water and spices like mustard or turmeric, replace markers with charcoal or make homemade glue using flour and water.
6. Insecticides and Pesticides
These products don’t just kill bugs, they slowly poison your family too! These products work by using neurotoxins, like pyrethoids, which can lead to Parkinson’s disease in humans. The products are particularly harmful too children, who are more sensitive to environmental toxins and can even cause illness and death to house pets.
By now, you’ve probably heard that anti-antiperspirants and deodorants often contain aluminum to keep your armpits dry. The use of these products have been linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer because aluminum is hard for your body expel and tends to accumulate in the tissues of the brain and breast. Worst of all, they actually make you smell worse in the long run.