Did you know that the average American uses up 100 toxic chemicals daily? Most of these chemicals are endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and neurotoxins, which have not been independently reviewed for safety before hitting store shelves. Is it any wonder cancer rates have skyrocketed in the U.S. over the last several decades?
4 Home products that contain potentially dangerous chemicals
Over 90 percent of candles sold today are filled with toxic chemicals that go straight into your lungs, never to escape. Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic carcinogens like benzene and toluene. In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are exactly the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
Air fresheners are loaded with toxic chemicals. A known human carcinogen, formaldehyde can be harmful even when exposure is quick. It can cause watery eyes, nausea, burning in the eyes and nose, and skin irritation. Higher levels can be even more dangerous which can result in spasms and ultimately, death.
Under the Labeling Hazardous Art Materials Act, all art supplies sold in the U.S. should have warnings, especially if they cause health issues. But the law doesn’t require manufactures to provide an ingredients list. However, if you wish to buy art supplies, go for products that are certified by the Art and Creative Materials Institute.
Most shower curtains around the world contain volatile organic compounds that can damage the central nervous system, liver and kidneys.
Researchers found that plastic shower curtains from most stores contained very high amounts of phthalates, a chemical which has been proven to cause birth defects.
One of the curtains even showed concentrations of over 100 volatile organic compounds (VOCs).