Many people do not know that some household items are potentially lethal. It has been suggested not to keep these items within the home, especially when attempting to live as clean a life as possible. We often worry that our homes are too dirty and we spend a lot of time and money buying cleaning products . However, many of these may contain harmful chemicals that can accumulate in the environment.
Multipurpose cleaners that contain the chemical compound butoxyethanol are very toxic. This chemical can cause irritation to the eyes and nose and can provoke breathing problems when inhaled. It can even impact the hemoglobin in your blood cells. Hemoglobin carries oxygen, so this is clearly detrimental to your health. Do a quick check of the cleaners in your home and make sure that you do not have any containing this chemical. Oven cleaners are another product that have noxious chemicals. The sodium hydroxide present in most oven cleaners can burn through skin and it could be lethal if accidentally ingested. It is better to find a less harmful option, such as baking soda and vinegar, to clean your oven.
Antibacterial soaps are very popular today, with many people carrying little bottles of soap on their person. The problem is that antibacterial soaps often contain the triclosan, which adversely affects hormones in the body. It also tends to kill the good bacteria that we need in order to stay healthy. Studies have indicated that children who grow up in households that use a lot of antibacterial soap actually have more problems with their immune system, such as allergies and asthma, than children who grow up using regular soap and water to clean their hands. Triclosan is also linked to problems with the endocrine system and thyroids, and there is actually no evidence that it is any more effective than regular soap and water. Some companies have replaced Triclosan with benzalkonium chloride in hand sanitizers which is just as bad and has been shown to intensify symptoms in asthma sufferers. It can also have other adverse side effects like superficial burns and blurred vision. We advise that you steer clear of these products and use a more natural based soap instead when you wash your hands.
Air fresheners are very popular as they keep your home or car smelling fresh and clean, however, they also contain many harmful chemicals that you would want to stay away from. Phthalates, found in the fresheners, are chemicals that have a negative impact on the reproductive system since they influence hormones and have been proven to reduce testosterone levels in men. This means that men may suffer from a low sperm count, infertility and even an increased potential risk of testicular cancer.
Another danger in the home are gas space heaters. Gas heaters release carbon monoxide which can poison you if you are using it in an enclosed space. For the same reason, you should also not use a gas oven or gas range to heat up your home. Unfortunately, many people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning.