7 Cancer Causing Products in The Average Home to Avoid

Eating healthy is huge part of well-being, and we all know what bad foods to avoid, but many people don't realise the amount of chemicals we consume through everyday household cleaning and sanitary products.

The level of toxins you take in through your skin and airways might actually be undoing all the of the good your healthy diet and exercise if giving you. There are hidden nasty toxins in products like shampoos, plastic, rubber, perfumes, dyes, which are high in carcinogens, such as formaldehyde, nitrobenzene, and methylene chloride and many others.

The following 7 items are some of the main culprits that are sneaking harmful toxins into your family home:


Conventional shampoos are extremely high in toxic ingredients, just read the back of any shampoo bottle and there will be a long list with ingredients that wouldn't be able to identify. The skin is porous, and every time you take a shower, these chemicals are absorbed by the skin and end up circulating in your body. Switch to an organic shampoo, or start making your own.


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) conducted a study that found 40 % of candles sold on the market, especially scented ones, have lead wires inside the wicks. Since fragrance oils soften the wax, they are commonly used by manufacturers in order to make the wicks firmer.

The CPSC claims that a candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead regarded as harmful for children and surpasses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pollution standards for outdoor air.

Exposure to lead can cause a whole range of health problems, such as behavioral issues, hormone disruption, and learning disabilities.

Make sure your candles are made of beeswax, with cotton wicks.

Air fresheners

Aerosol air fresheners contain volatile organic compounds, carcinogens, and toxins like phthalate esters. A study conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) which examined 13 common household air fresheners, found most of them included chemicals that can aggrivate symptoms of asthma and cause reproductive development issues.

A 2008 study at the University of Washington conducted by Anne Steinemann found that all air-fresheners gave off chemicals reported to be harmful and toxic by federal laws, as well as carcinogens with no safe exposure level.

Use essential oils instead to fragrance your home.

Insecticides and Pesticides

Most flea and tick treatments you can buy for your pet are not only harmful to humans, but can also be harmful to your pet. They mostly contain carcinogens like permethrin, organophosphate insecticides, and carbamates.

Shower curtains

Plastic, being a man made substance, has it's fair share of chemicals. It contains something called volatile organic chemicals or VOCs, which get released into the bath and shower as well as the environment.

Art supplies

Many art supplies such as solvents and acrylic paints, Epoxy and rubber cement glues, and permanent markers have been tested positive for harmful chemicals associated with cancer, allergies, and organ damage.

Always use non-toxic paints and art supplies for your children, as small children are more susceptible to harmful toxins.


Most deodorants and anti antiperspirants have been found the contain chemical related to the growth of virulent cancers.

The effect is worsened by the amount of time these chemicals stay on your body, for up to hours at a time. There are natural antiperspirants available to buy which are toxin free.

For every product in your home, there is likely a natural alternative. Avoid the products listed here to ensure your home is as toxin-free as it can possibly be.

7 Cancer Causing Products in The Average Home to Avoid Reviewed by Unknown on 8:00:00 AM Rating: 5

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