10 Toxic Substances And Hazardous Chemicals That You Probably Use Every Day
Scientists have come to the conclusion that all those household goods we thought were good for us are actually bad for us, because they are loaded with lots of nasty toxins. D’oh! If only someone would have found out sooner, hey?
But not to worry! We are here to tell you about 10 toxic substances that you probably use every day, and which you really could do with discarding.
Health and wellbeing is not limited to what we eat and how much we workout; it’s also about making sure we don’t surround ourselves with hidden toxins. I mean, what’s the point of eating a healthy meal before exposing our faces to toxins? Not cool! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the toxic substances and hazardous chemicals that you need to be aware of.
Okay, we thought we’d get this one out of the way early. After all, perfumes. Nooo! You didn’t want perfumes to be on this list, and neither did I. But, rather unfortunately, many perfumes are loaded with toxic substances and hazardous chemicals, including camphor, ethyl acetate, acetone and linalool. These scientific words might mean little to you, but basically they can cause a wide range of symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, a sore throat and headaches. Hmm, better think carefully before splashing yourself in perfume again.
Yup, mattresses. Better find a new place to sleep, I’m afraid.
Okay, so you don’t actually need to bin your mattress and sleep in a hammock just yet. But a high number of mattresses have been found to contain a potentially harmful compound known as PBDEs. A wide range of health issues is associated with PBDEs, including brain damage (yikes!) and reproductive damage.
Which is funny, as most babies are made on the mattress. Odd!
3. Air Fresheners
Air fresheners are meant to make the air around us fresher, but clearly they’re under no obligation to make the air healthier. Instead, many air fresheners are loaded with pollutants, toxic substances and hazardous chemicals that are potentially dangerous, if unleashed in a non-ventilated area.
So, you can still spray your homes with air fresheners as long as there is adequate ventilation. Otherwise, toxic chemicals are going to be swarming around your place like a plague of locusts.
4. Non-stick Frying Pans
Everyone uses non-stick frying pans. They’re so convenient, and they’re so easy to clean. The problem is that you don’t get all this good stuff without a bit of a compromise. The compromise in this case is YOUR OWN HEALTH.
Okay, sorry for the drama. But once you raise the temperature whilst cooking with a non-stick frying pan, a toxic gas is emitted which can be really bad for our health.
So, um. Anyone wanna go back to stainless steel? Harder to clean but healthier!
5. Plastic Drink Bottles
Plastic bottles are notorious nasties that impact on the environment in a really bad way, but did you also know that plastic bottles have the potential to drop toxic substances and hazardous chemicals into your drink? A few years ago, most bottles were loaded with BPA. Fortunately, that nasty toxin has been largely eradicated, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more harmful chemicals lurking.
If you can, always go glass.
6. Baby Bottles
Did you know that Canada recently outlawed the sale of baby bottles that are produced with polycarbonate plastics? Well, they did. And they did so because these plastics are made with BPA, which is a chemical that is know by its scary nickname, The Hormone Disruptor.
Sounds like an 80’s action flick starring Arnie, doesn’t it? BPA, though, is potentially even more harmful than the Terminator, and can disrupt a baby’s natural human hormones. Yikes.
Naturally, if you used a baby bottle when you were a baby, it’s probably too late for you. Sorry.
7. Bug Sprays
Bug sprays are a nightmare for bugs, and mostly always prove fatal once contact has been made. For humans? Yeah, they can be pretty bad for humans too!
Naturally, you’re not going to spray another human in the face with a bug spray to get rid of them – but you don’t have to! Bug sprays are loaded with insecticides, and when sprayed inside your house, they can do some serious neurological damage to your children.
We suggest that you never spray these things indoors, and instead try to limit the amount of bugs in your food by cleaning up crumbs and closing windows.
Alternatively, if it’s pesky flies and wasps that you’re trying to eliminate, you could always introduce a fly catcher into your house. And if you’re super practical and combative, you could also attempt to catch bugs by nudging them into a glass before sealing it with a piece of paper.
8. Cleaning Products
Many of us are actually aware by now that most everyday cleaning products are rich in toxic substances and hazardous chemicals, yet many of us continue to use them. We assume there is no alternative, and we also assume that the chemicals aren’t going to cause all that much damage. Right?
Well, not really. After all, why splash your home in toxic chemicals when there are plenty of natural cleaning products out there, including soap powder and baking soda? Get to it!
Okay, most of us wear antiperspirants. They stop us from smelling, and they stop us from developing the nickname ‘The Sweater’ at work.
But did you know that many antiperspirants are actually really bad for our health? Aside from the fact that the toxins can lead to sore throats and drowsiness, a large number of antiperspirants contain aluminium, which has in recent years been linked to breast cancer.
If you are having second thoughts about using antiperspirants, you can always substitute them for roll-ons or for natural homemade ones.
10. Shower Curtains
Shower curtains are often produced with phthalates, which is used to soften the plastic. But phthalates has been associated with neurological damage in children, and is thought to impact negatively on learning and memory. Scary stuff.
So, in future, why not just shower out in the open? Hey, it’s healthy! Just tell your neighbours no peeping!
Do you know other products loaded with toxic substances and hazardous chemicals that most of us use daily?
Stay happy and healthy!