Have you ever thought about how safe the things you use in everyday life are?
Common sense will surely dictate to you the belief that there are no truly dangerous things on store shelves: after all, they should have been banned! But, unfortunately, much of what is freely sold and widely used can be potentially life-threatening. Because even the most mundane things actually often contain carcinogenic chemicals.
Here are 7 things that would be better to get rid of for the sake of your own safety and the safety of your loved ones.
1. Air fresheners
Everyone loves when their home smells good. And almost everyone keeps a jar of air freshener in the toilet. But almost any such spray contains phthalates, carcinogens that have a serious negative impact on your reproductive health. And they provoke asthma!
If you can’t get over the smell of a toilet after using it, use distilled vinegar and a few drops of essential oils (such as peppermint). Add them to an empty commercial spray bottle, shake it up and spray.
Scented candles may contain toxins and carcinogens. The problem is mainly in the wicks.
To test the candles you are using, take a sheet of paper and try to draw a straight line on it with the candle wick. If it doesn’t show up, your wick is probably lead.
By lighting such a candle, you seriously harm your lungs. Breathing her breath is like standing at the crossroads of a big city while the cars on it are stuck in a traffic jam.
3. Plastic shower curtains
Of course, you didn’t think about it, but, unfortunately, plastic shower curtains can contain Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). It is one of the cheapest types of thermoplastics and regularly releases toxic carcinogenic compounds. This is harmless when it comes to using PVC in sewer pipes. But if it’s in shower curtains, it can release toxins that you then inhale or apply to your skin. First of all, the respiratory system suffers from this.
Use natural cotton curtains: this is the safest option. Or put, finally, a glass curtain!
Be aware that PVC is often found in children’s toys as well. Don’t buy the cheapest!
4. Carpet cleaners
Those chemicals that are designed to remove heavy stains on carpet have the potential to cause lung cancer.
In most of them, the main active ingredient is perchlorethylene, or tetrachlorethylene. It provokes several types of cancer at once. Another dangerous element is naphthalene. It increases the chance of developing throat cancer and lung cancer. So try your best to clean with baking soda and vinegar rather than store-bought cleaners. Sprinkle the stain on the carpet with baking soda and then wash it off with clean water mixed with vinegar.
Another great alternative is a steam cleaner. A good such device costs about $ 100, but at the same time it is absolutely effective and absolutely safe for health.
5. Dry cleaners
They often contain Tetrachlorethylene or Perchlorethylene. Both are carcinogens. Make sure you don’t use detergents containing them for washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen.
6. Pet products
This may be obvious, but we still consider it important to remind you that almost all poisonous substances that are used to rid a dog or cat of fleas are very dangerous for people. They contain organophosphate insecticides, permethrin and carbamates, which are very dangerous to humans.
So if you already have a pet, try to keep it in perfect cleanliness. Do not allow fleas to appear on it.
7. Antibacterial products
Do not use soap and cosmetic products with an antibacterial effect. They contain many carcinogenic ingredients. For example, trikolsan, banned in the EU countries.
If you are very afraid of germs, use products containing silver for washing. And even better – those that consist only of natural ingredients and safe essential oils. Every time you buy a new hygiene product, pay attention to what it consists of. This is far more important than you think.
Because none of the authorities and regulatory bodies care enough about this, and really dangerous things are often sold in stores!