Do you use home supplies such as cleaning products, laundry detergents, air fresheners, lotions, soap, and candles? Odds are, you use at least some of those every day. But did you know that some of those home supplies contain ingredients that can make you sick?
Cleaning products can contain harmful chemicals. Even worse, they can be hard to identify. Some cleaners don’t list ingredients, use alternative names, or tout themselves as “safe”. There’s far too many harmful chemicals to list, but some more recognizable ones are benzene (known to cause cancer, DNA damage, and birth defects), formaldehyde (cancer and cell damage), and nonylphenol ethoxylate (lung damage, developmental and hormone effects, and banned in EU cleaning products.)
Ever noticed on air fresheners they’ll just say “scent” or “odor eliminator” in the ingredient list? That’s because under “trade secrets” by the USDA, they’re allowed to protect their formula. As a result, we don’t get to know what we’re putting into our air. Benzene and formaldehyde appear in these product as well. But you may also find phthalates (reproductive and hormone discruption), and parabens (cancer and hormone effects and banned in the EU).
LOTIONS AND SOAPS
If we use lotions and soaps to keep our body and skin healthy, then why are there so many ingredients that hurt us? Quaternium-15 (formaldehyde donor), phthalates, petroleum distillates (also called paraffin wax), parabens, and triclosans are all banned in the EU for their adverse health effects. But they’re all found in U.S. skincare and cosmetics. Not exactly health friendly.
Candles frequently contain paraffin (releases benzene), formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and unknown fragrances. All are carcinogens and some linked to hormone and reproductive disruption. When burning candles in an enclosed space, it causes these toxins to build up inside your home.
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