Your home is where you spend most of your time. It’s your safety, your sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. However, did you know that right now, your home is contaminated with dozens of toxic poisons? Continued exposure to household toxinsnsible for the epidemic of autoimmune diseases and cancer. Are you exposing yourself to these top 10 dangerous household toxins?
1. Air Freshener
You may think when you spray and air freshener; you’re improving the smell of your home. The truth is, you’re actually decreasing your ability to smell offensive odors. Commercial aerosol air fresheners contain a potent carcinogen calledp-dichlorobenzene. This substance is designed to deaden the nerve cells in your nose by coating your nasal passages in a type of film.
Even if you avoid aerosol sprays due to environmental and health concerns, you’re still poisoning your body. Non-aerosol air fresheners such as the type you plug into the wall contain a chemical called benzyl acetate that has been linked to asthma, allergies, and neurological damage.
If you want to freshen your home naturally, use an oil warmer and pure organic essential oil. Essential oils are safe to inhale and make your home smell warm and inviting.
2. Laundry Detergent
Another one of the toxic poisons lurking in your home is one you probably never even think about. The laundry detergent you buy may claim to be “unscented” or “hypoallergenic” but contain toxins that are harmful to your health.
These toxins include sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)/sodium laureth sulfate (SLES); 1,4-dioxane; NPE (nonylphenol ethoxylate), and phosphates. These additives have been linked to the development of severe upper respiratory allergies, hives, unexplained muscle twitching, infertility, and even cancer.
To prevent the development of serious illness, trade in your favorite laundry detergent for unscented castile soap. Castile soap is a 100% pure and safe natural alternative to harmful detergent.
Each time you step into the shower, you’re exposing yourself to the myriad toxic poisons in your shampoo and conditioner. Many commercial brand shampoos contain a potent neurotoxin calledmethylisothiazoline (MIT). Pregnant women who use shampoo containing this ingredient may cause their unborn children to develop neurological problems and learning disabilities.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, most commercial shampoos contain colorants such as yellow #5 that has been linked to insomnia, migraines, allergic reaction, hyperactivity, and mood swings.
4. Hair Gel
Once you step out of the shower, you might put on hair gel to keep your hairdo in place. Unfortunately, most commercial hair care products are loaded with toxic poisons called parabens, which have been linked to the development of male and female infertility, neurological disorders, developmental disorders, learning impairment, and cancer.
Some safer, natural alternatives to hair gel are coconut oil or aloe vera gel. Just a little goes a long way and leaves your hair feeling moisturized and healthy without being weighed down by chemicals.
5. Body Lotion
Body lotion is supposed to make your skin feel smooth and supple and lock in moisture to prevent dry skin and premature aging. Unfortunately, the body lotion you use everyday may be seriously affecting your health. Some of the toxic poisons in body lotion include propylene glycol and phthalates just to name a few.
Propylene glycol, which is considered a “penetration enhancer”, has been linked to the development of chronic upper respiratory problems, liver damage, heart damage, central nervous system malfunction, and cancer. Phthalates are considered endocrine disruptors as they mimic the effect of estrogen in the body. Phthalate exposure in men has been shown to decrease testosterone and contribute to the development of breasts.
If you want to enhance the beauty of your skin without resorting to the use of poisonous toxins, opt for natural moisturizers instead. Organic coconut oil is the perfect replacement for all commercial skin lotions. It contains lauric acid and linoleic acid both of which fight free radicals and improve the look and feel of skin.
Ladies, you may think you’re beautifying your skin with that blush or lipstick, but you may actually be shortening your lifespan. Make-up is one of the most overlooked household toxins because it looks and smells so inviting.
It may surprise you to know that no make-up is regulated by the FDA, which means major corporations can add whatever additives, preservatives, dyes, perfumes, and colorants they want. This lack of regulation is very hazardous to your health.
Your favorite blush may have a honey or cinnamon scent and the label may tell you your make-up contains a “fragrance” but it’s anything but pure. “Fragrance” in cosmetics usually means parabens, phthalates, and/or neurotoxins.
You don’t have to give up using make-up to stay safe but it’s important you switch to natural brands. Look into mineral make-up for a safe, natural alternative to brand-name cosmetics.
7. Pain Killers
Do you often suffer from neck pain, back pain, and headaches? Now you realize it could be caused by the household toxins in your home! Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen has been known to increase the likelihood of chronic digestive problems such as leaky gut syndrome and stomach ulcers. For natural pain relief, look to an herb called boswellia. Boswellia decreases pain and inflammation naturally without the dangerous side effects.
8. Household Cleaners
Cleanliness may be next to godliness to some but it can also do some serious damage to your health. Commercial household cleaners such as glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, and mildew removers contain harsh chemicals that not only irritate your lungs and mucous membranes but contribute to the development of cancer.
These toxic chemicals include ammonia, bleach, lye, formaldehyde, phenol, and kerosene. Such a potent cocktail of household toxins wreck havoc with your entire body including your nervous system, digestive system, and metabolic system. If you’re the type that uses even more household cleaner when someone in your family is ill, you’re actually only making the problem worse as you’re weakening their immune system.
The best way to avoid the harmful effects of household cleaners is to switch to natural alternatives. Castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt are all natural cleansers that can safely clean your home without the alarming side effects.
9. Carpet Cleaner
Carpet shampoos are among the deadliest of toxic poisons you can find in your home. These cleaners contain a cocktail of chemicals that hang in the air long after cleaning. Long-term exposure has been linked to the development of learning disorders, mental health problems, autoimmune disease, heart disease, and even cancer.
One deadly chemical in carpet cleaner is called sodium hydroxide. It is a strong alkaline solvent designed to corrode anything in its path. It has been linked to chest tightness, throat swelling, wheezing, asthma attacks, pulmonary edema, and skin inflammation.
For a natural alternative, use white vinegar. It naturally pulls dirt and odors out of carpet fibers while brightening carpet. With proper ventilation, the vinegar smell should dissipate within a few hours.
10. Feminine Products
Most women don’t think of their menstrual pads or tampons as a type of household toxin but they are. Commercial feminine products contain a dangerous chemical called dioxin. Dioxin is a carcinogen created from the bleaching process. Continued use of commercial feminine products, whether pads or tampons, can lead to vaginal irritation, endometriosis, infertility, and chronic yeast infections.
Improve your health by switching to all-natural bleach-free feminine products and never use scented washes on your genital area. It strips the natural pH balance and introduces dangerous chemicals and dyes in to your delicate area.
Now that you’re aware of how many household toxins you’re exposing yourself to each day, you can take steps to eliminate them. Those chronic headaches, backaches, and periods of fatigue you’ve been feeling could quickly become a thing of the past!