Household products are convenient to have because they can make your life easier. However, many household products sold in conventional stores are hazardous to your health. This article will cover some of the most common hazardous household products and show you how to avoid them.
1. Plastic Food Storage Containers
Most plastic food storage containers contain a very harmful chemical called Bisphenol A (BPA). BPA is a hazardous chemical known to mimic estrogen which can interfere with the hormonal system. Independent studies have linked BPA to many chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, infertility, and birth defects. Canada has recently listed BPA as a toxic chemical and has banned BPA in many of its consumer products. Other countries are also following Canada’s action of banning BPA. To reduce BPA exposure, use plastic containers that are BPA free or use glass containers.
2. Non-Stick Cookware
Non-stick cookware was like a blessing from Heaven when it was introduced in the mid-1900s. With this type of cookware, it meant no more soaking cookwares for hours and scrubbing them. The coating that makes cookware not sticky is polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). PTFE is not dangerous at room temperatures, but when it is heated to high temperatures, it releases toxic gasses that have been linked to cancer and even deaths in animals. Another health related problem with non-stick cookwares is that many of them have problems with their coating peeling off during cooking; therefore, it can contaminate the food. To avoid consuming PTFE, use stainless steel cookwares along with raw organic coconut oil to cook food. Raw organic coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils to consume and is one of the best oils to cook food with. If you must use non-stick cookwares to cook food, only cook food at medium or low temperatures and avoid overcooking food.
3. Air Fresheners
Air fresheners are so common in American’s homes that over 70 percent of them have some form of air fresheners. Air fresheners are also common in many developed countries. Unfortunately, most air fresheners contain very toxic chemicals. In 2007, NRDC did a study on 14 different air fresheners sold at popular convenience stores to see if they contained hazardous chemicals. Its study found that 12 out of 14 air fresheners contained chemicals that could cause developmental and reproductive problems. The chemicals that got the most attention were phthalates. Besides phthalates, air fresheners may also have other hazardous chemicals, such as benzyl alcohol, formaldehyde, camphor, ethanol, naphthalene, and artificial fragrance. To learn more about these toxic chemicals, please visit this page. A great alternative to air fresheners is baking soda. Baking soda is well known for absorbing bad odors. To use baking soda for absorbing bad odors, place a box of open baking soda in areas that have unpleasant odors.
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