According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 33.1 million people in the USA get negatively affected by household products every year. Whether those are injuries, deaths, or damage to property, the numbers are still frightening. Scientists believe it happens mostly due to the chemicals contained in various products.
We at Bright Side care about our health very much, that’s why we compiled a list of hazardous everyday products that we need to stop using immediately.
8. Styrofoam products
It’s been said numerous times that those Styrofoam takeout containers are bad for our environment. The bad news is that Styrofoam doesn’t bring any benefits to our health either. Styrofoam contains styrene — a toxic chemical that has had a close connection with developing cancer, vision and hearing loss, and nervous system issues and damage. This chemical leaches out and gets into our bodies whenever we eat hot food or drinks on Styrofoam plates and cups.
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration knows about the negative effects of this chemical and are doing their best to limit its usage as much as possible.
7. Pressed wood products
That little wooden table standing in the corner of your room is not as innocent as it might seem. The thing is that manufacturers glue together all the timber products your table is made of with the help of resin that contains urea-formaldehyde, which emits formaldehyde in your room. The bad news is that the hotter and more humid your room is, the more formaldehyde pressed wood emits. Long term exposure to this product can cause the development of lung diseases, asthma, and even cancer.
6. Products with antibacterial properties
The truth is that many antibacterial product manufacturers use an element called triclosan in their products. And not only is it bad for the environment, but for our health as well. Studies have shown that products containing triclosan (which can be shampoos, toothpaste, and even cosmetics) cause liver cancer among mice.
Luckily, in September 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned using triclosan in the production of antibacterial hand soaps and body washes claiming that there is no proof showing triclosan works better than ordinary soap. Still, we should be careful and always read what each particular product contains.
5. Mosquito coil
It’s hard to imagine a warm evening outside without a mosquito coil slowly smoldering nearby. It seems this simple, but great invention brings nothing but benefits. It turns out that it’s not that simple.
Scientists have made calculations and found out that the smoke that comes from one burning mosquito coil equals to the smoke of 75-137 cigarettes. This amount exposes any live creature, including humans, to a huge risk of developing various lung diseases.
4. Air fresheners
Unfortunately, these smell-fighting sprays contain elements like terpenes and ethylene-based glycol ethers. The latter is officially known as a toxic chemical, while the first one creates a toxic combination when it interacts with ozone from the air. Moreover, they emit a bunch of other chemicals like paradichlorobenzene that harm our health, especially when used in a small area or in a poorly-ventilated room.
Mothballs are probably the best way to keep your woolen clothes safe from moths. However, the vapors they emit while protecting your clothes are very hazardous.
Studies have shown that one of their main elements called paradichlorobenzene is responsible for causing cancer in animals. Though the impact on human health hasn’t been proven yet, it’s still recommended to use these balls with caution.
Some mothballs contain a chemical called naphthalene, which destroys red blood cells if a human is exposed to it for a long time.
2. Cosmetic products
Bat poop in your mascara is not the scariest thing you will find in your cosmetics. Phthalates, also known as plasticizers, can cause health problems with reproductive organs in animals, which means the risks for humans are also there. These hormone-like chemicals give a nice odor and color to beauty products and can be contained in deodorants, shampoos, and hair sprays. They can even be found in shower curtains.
So, you’d better check the composition of all of your products in order to protect yourself from possible harm.
1. Incense sticks
That nice smell that incense sticks create in your home is also on the list of the most dangerous elements. Just like the mosquito coil, the smoke they emit contains a number of hazardous compounds that affect our health negatively, starting from developing asthma and other lung illnesses and finishing with cancer.
Therefore, we should be careful with anything that burns and gives off smoke, because these products affect our respiratory system directly.
Which of these products are you going to stop using? We would love to hear from you in the comments!