Are these Toxic Products Lurking in Your Home?

toxicAdvertisers spend a lot of money to get you to buy things. In your home you may not only have things you don’t need or even like, but also things that are downright bad for your health. If you’re ready to do a great purge of the things in your home, here are a few items that may have chemicals lurking in them and need to be thrown out soon!


PVC is in a lot of stuff and can leach phthalates, which can then contaminate the indoor air you breathe, dust and eventually work its way into you! You can go PVC free by looking at packaging. You need to look for the #3 recycling symbol to see if it’s PVC free, and if it’s not labeled then call for the manufacturer. Also use your sense of smell. If it smells like a new shower curtain then PVC alert!


The synthetic fragrances used in dryer sheets, air fresheners, cosmetics, perfumes and other items can trigger asthma. Many times you may not know what is in a fragrance, but many contain diethyl phthalate (DEP) that can be absorbed through skin. Phthalates are suspected carcinogens and have been linked to hormone disruption in reproductive disorders. They are rarely listed on ingredients lists too, and that can make them hard to avoid. It’s best to stick with fragrance free products or use things scented with natural essential oils.

Cleaning Products

When you go to clean your oven, floors, counters and toilets you might just be wiping them down with chemicals that are toxic to you. Corrosive or caustic chemicals, like lye and acids found in things like drain cleaners, oven cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners are very dangerous ingredients. They can burn skin, eyes and tissue very easily. The real problem is that in order to protect trade secrets, companies don’t have to list ingredients for cleaners. So, the best course of action is to opt for a cleaner that does have a list of ingredients or make you own, which is surprisingly cheap and not that difficult to do.

Nonstick Cookware

These have no place in a kitchen. Studies have linked the PFC used to make nonstick cookware to infertility and cancer. You can also find this chemical in microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, some dental flosses, stain-guarded furniture and clothing. Make sure you replace non-stick cookware with safer options such as cast iron, enamel coated cast iron and stainless steel.

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