As a parent and spouse, you try to ensure your family is healthy and happy and you do everything in your power to keep them safe. It doesn’t come to your mind that the things you are using to keep them safe may actually be placing them in harm’s way.
So here is a list of potential dangers which you can look out for make your home safe again.
1. Air fresheners
According to a report published by National Resouce Defense Council, many of the air fresheners that we use at home on daily basis contain compounds with carcinogenic potential. The vast majority of air fresheners, even some marked even some marked “all-natural” or “unscented” contain compounds phthalates.
The other possibly dangerous and toxic product could be hidden within your favourite scented candles. We all know that lead can be dangerous and lead poisoning can be disastrous fo health but when you see descriptions like essential oil and aromatherapy, you automatically assume that these products are healthy.
3. Shower curtains and other plastics
The next danger comes from the plastic toxins that seem to be all over the house. You may recognise polyvinyl chloride by its abbreviation: PVC. PVC is the third largest produced type of plastic in the world. But PVC may be harmless for certain applications, like sewer pipes, but when used in the environment that can release the toxic carcinogenic compound of PVC.
4. Carpet cleaners and fabric shampoo
Many carpet cleaners and fabric shampoo that are designed to offer superior stain removal power use a product called perchloroethylene. Perchloroethylene, also called Tetrachlorethylene, has been linked to increased risks of developing lung cancer.
5. Dry cleaning products
According to the Amercian Cancer Society, another carcinogen hidden in your cupboards could be Tetrachlorethylene or Perchloroethylene that has been used on your dry-cleaned items. These products are often included as solvents in products like dry cleaning products.
6. Antibacterial products
Recent concerns about an ingredient used in many antibacterial products have led to a ban on the use of this product in areas like the EU. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient found in many cosmetics, soaps, detergents.
Evidence suggests Triclosan can be carcinogenic. Although initial tests were only done on mice, there were enough concerns to ban the product in the EU.