As a father and husband, you try to ensure that your family is healthy and happy, and you do everything in your power to keep them safe. But don't cross your mind that the products you are using to keep them safe could actually be putting them in danger.
When you think about health and wellness, proper nutrition and supplementation are often at the top of the list. The analysis of the products used for cleaning purposes, for example, is not taken into account.
The truth is that there are a number of known carcinogens in our homes that lurk in the shower, bathroom, kitchen cupboard, and the rest of the home, which have the potential to substantially increase the risk that you and your family develop cancer.
Here is a list of potential hazards that can be avoided to keep your home clean.
According to a report published by the Council for the Defense of Natural Resources, many of the air fresheners we use in our homes contain compounds with carcinogenic potential. The vast majority of air fresheners, even some marked "natural" or "unscented," contain compounds called phthalates.
Different types of phthalates have different health consequences, although most of them affect reproductive health. Many of them can aggravate respiratory conditions like asthma.
Homemade air fresheners are one of the simplest products to make
Distilled water and a few drops of your favorite essential oils in a spray bottle is all you need to keep your home smelling. Shake well before each use and spray around your home whenever you like to freshen the air. Or it can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser.
The other product that can be dangerous and toxic in your home could be hidden inside your favorite scented candles. We all know that lead can be dangerous. Lead poisoning and it can be disastrous for your health.
Even though the sale of candles that contain lead in their wicks has been banned in many countries, it is a good idea to check your candles to make sure they do not contain this potentially dangerous substance. Many scented products also contain dozens of harmful toxins and carcinogens. It would be a good idea to make sure about the chemicals used to create the scents of your products as well.
An easy way to check your candles is to use a sheet of paper. Try to draw a line on the paper with the tip of the wick. If there is no line, the wick probably does not contain lead. You can also light the candle and hold the paper above the flame. If you see gray soot residue, the candles may contain lead.
Shower curtains and other plastics
The next danger comes from the plastic toxins that seem to be all over the house. You can recognize polyvinyl chloride by its abbreviation: PVC. PVC is the third highest produced type of plastic in the world. Although PVC may be harmless for certain applications, such as sewer pipes, for example, when used in environments that can release the toxic carcinogens from PVC, this plastic polymer could become a time bomb.
Shower curtains contain PVC and other toxic compounds that can be released when you shower. These toxins can affect the reproductive system, the respiratory system, and can be carcinogenic as well. Some of the plastic products used to make children's toys, containers, and other plastics can also be a health hazard.
Healthier shower curtain alternatives include natural cotton curtains or EVA curtains (a non-toxic alternative to PVC). Check your children's toys and their plastic containers to make sure they are PVC-free.
Carpet and fabric cleaners
Many carpet shampoos and fabric cleaners that are designed to offer tough stain removal power use a product called perchlorethylene. Perchlorethylene, also called tetrachlorethylene, has been linked to an increased risk of developing lung cancer. They also sometimes contain a compound called naphthalene. Naphthalene is the main ingredient in mothballs, and naphthalene exposure is linked to an increased risk of developing throat and lung cancer.
Baking soda is a great odor remover and white vinegar is effective in removing dirt and stains. If you want to get rid of your carpet cleaner, sprinkle them with baking soda, add the vinegar to the shampoo water, and then wait for your carpets to dry. Sprinkle with fresh baking soda if necessary and then vacuum up any remaining powder.
Steam cleaning is another healthy option to keep your carpet clean and free of the chemicals in carpet shampoo.
Dry Cleaning Products
According to the American Cancer Society, another carcinogen hidden in closets could be tetrachlorethylene or perchlorethylene. These chemicals are often included as solvents in products like dry cleaners.
Avoid wearing clothing that has been exposed to these harmful substances. Make sure your local cleaner doesn't use perchlorethylene to clean your clothes.
Insecticides and pesticides
The term family is usually extended to our furry friends. One might think that products promoted as pet would in fact be pet and human friendly. However, just like in cleaning materials, there are a number of potentially carcinogenic chemicals in many of the tick, flea, lice and control products as well.
Some tick and flea products contain organophosphate insecticides, carbamates, and permethrin. These products are classified as probably carcinogenic to humans. You can use natural methods.
Recent concerns about an ingredient used in many antibacterial products have led to a ban on the use of this product in areas such as the European Union. Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient found in many cosmetics, soaps, detergents, and even some toothpastes.
Products such as silver have been used for their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties (for example, advancing biotechnology incorporates ionizable silver into tissues for clinical use to reduce the risk of infection), and it does not appear that the use of silver poses any danger considerable for humans.
Don't take safety for granted
The above list of products is just a sample of the potential dangers of products that we take for granted are safe. You need to take an active interest in the products you trust to protect your family. You should research all the products that you use regularly and look for the ingredients.
Detoxing your home is an integral part of the detox concept. This includes not only the detoxification of your body, but also the detoxification of your mind and that of the closest surroundings as well.