You pay huge attention to the food you are allowing in your stomach, but how about those household items that you are probably using every day? Several studies show that the chemicals found in a wide array of household items are poisonous and more toxic than previously thought.
Studies also show that only small amounts of these harmful chemicals have the power to negatively affect your health and wellness.
What’s even worse is that not all poisons are obvious as hemlock and cyanide pills- some toxic substances are indeed hiding in plain sight. In other words, some unexpected household items that look totally harmless can actually ruin your health and put your life at risk!
Hence, it becomes clear that being healthy and happy is not only about eating a healthy diet and regularly exercising but also about reducing and limiting the use of these toxic things in your everyday life.
#1 – Toilet Paper
Toxins: Formaldehyde And Chlorine Bleach
Are you surprised? Well, don’t be! Unfortunately, this is true and toilet paper is one of the most unexpected everyday things that can affect your health and well-being. In fact, toilet paper contains formaldehyde and chlorine bleach. These two ingredients can have fatal consequences upon regular exposure.
While chlorine bleach can lead to local irritation, formaldehyde can also cause irritation and high exposure to this chemical can lead to cancer.
The whiter and fluffier is your toilet paper, the higher is the concentration of these chemicals. Hence, to prevent any unwanted health issues or serious reactions to these harmful chemicals, try to switch for cheaper and thinner toilet paper and this is especially if you are constantly suffering from chronic irritation.
#2 – Toothpaste
The Canadian Medical Association has banned all the household items, and more particularly those antibacterial products. And this is because most of these items, including, your favorite toothpaste, contain Triclosan.
The latter is an antibacterial agent that may trigger allergies and eventually lead to skin rashes and even worst superbugs through microbial resistance.
Other everyday household items such as soap, kitchenware, and more may also contain this harmful substance. Therefore, it’s a good idea to avoid all products labeled ‘’antibacterial’’ and opt for garden variety toothpaste.
#3 – Wrinkle-free clothing
There is no doubt that wrinkle-free shirts are great for travel and maybe also convenient for everyday wear. However, they are definitely not the healthiest or safest option here!
What you need to be aware of is that the chemical process used to keep those fibers straightened could be risky and harmful to you.
Formaldehyde, which is a harmful chemical used to treat fabrics and make them wrinkle-resistant, can lead to allergic reactions and severe skin irritation. What’s more dangerous is that high exposure to this harmful chemical can cause cancer.
Try to opt for untreated clothing and use the iron or steamer instead! Besides Formaldehyde is found to reduce the life of your clothing and make the material less brittle!
#4 – Dish detergent
Toxin: coal-tar dyes
Is your dish soap or detergent toxic? The answer is a big ‘’YES’’. Dish detergent poisoning is more common than you may actually think. In fact, doing the dishes manually can leave some toxic soap residue, which you may actually ingest next time you use the dishes.
So, yes that brightly colored dish soap contains coal-tar dyes, which is referred to as a class of synthetic coloring agents. The latter has been found linked to cancer and can also cause some other issues like skin irritation.
The exposure of this harmful chemical can either occur through skin absorption or ingestion of the leftover soap residue on the dishes. Hence, for your own safety and well being, invest in colorless detergents.
#5 – Hair Care
Toxins: parabens, sulfates, and phthalates
Much like the everyday items mentioned above, your shampoo and conditioner are definitely not 100% safe to use. In fact, most of the hair care products are made of alarming ingredients, including phthalates, sulfates, and parabens.
These harmful ingredients can be pretty detrimental to your hair, resulting in hair damage, brittleness, eczema, and more other serious issues.
According to research on this matter, hair products that contain parabens are linked to cancer, and more specifically breast cancer.
Another sneaky ingredient that shouldn’t go unnoticed is ‘’Fragrance’’, which is one of the most common ingredients in modern-day hair products.
It’s true that shampoos and hair products containing fragrance are marketed as the best thing in the world that will make your hair shine bright like a diamond and smell like spring day-but it can also induce allergic reactions and even cause asthma.
To avoid any potential risks, opt for those shampoos and conditioners that are infused with natural extracts such as lavender flower water, jojoba seed oil, chamomile, and more!
So are you ready to detox your day from these harmful and toxic substances? let us know in the comments!