13 Popular Household Products You Must Avoid

Did you know that some of your everyday household products can be harming for your health? Yes, unfortunately that’s correct. Even the most recognized companies that created popular products can be your worst nightmare. But don’t worry, I’ll let you know all the products you should avoid. That said, I’ll also recommend healthier alternatives.


1) Flea and Tick Products

If you’re a pet-lover like myself you know you’ll do anything to keep them heathy and strong. However, there are a lot of products that are supposed to protect your pets, yet the product is even more harmful. Pet’s flea and tick products contain pesticides which leads to nerve damage and more.


2) Air Fresheners

I was truly shocked when I read an article about how deadly air fresheners are. Various air fresheners block your capacity to smell by filling up your nasal passages with an oil film. They also release a nerve killing agent.

Here’s a list of toxic chemicals found in air fresheners:

Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is highly toxic for anyone including kids. It’s also a known carcinogen.

Phenol: Once phenol comes in contact with your skin it can cause it to swell, burn, peel, and break out in hives. Phenol will also cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma, and in extreme cases death.


3) Chemical Fertilizers

Chemical fertilizers are one of the common causes to damage your water supply. If it starts raining or if you water your lawn, it will go to water drains. That said, as a consequence the water mixed with the chemicals from fertilizer will go into rivers, streams, and the ocean. When oceans, rivers, and streams are contaminated it will harm water ecosystems and therefore kill fish. Yikes! Who knew using something like a fertilizer will do such an enormous amount of harm?

Instead of buying chemical fertilizers why not choose organic fertilizers?

4) Glass Cleaners

Some window cleaners contain nerve-damaging ingredients. They also contain ammonia, which can possibly irritate airways.

Instead of using glass cleaners try using plain water. You can also put water in a spray bottle mixed with either white vinegar or lemon juice to help you clean any dirt.

5) Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Certain chemicals in toilet bowl cleaners can affect negatively your eyes, skin and airways. Some toilet bowl cleaners contain sulfates, if you suffer from asthma it may worsen due to the sulfate. Also bathroom cleaners including sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite will irritate lungs. That said, now you know that your favorite toilet bowl cleaner is actually your number one enemy.

I have noticed that mixing soap with baking soda to scrub off dirt from toilet bowls works wonderfully. You can also use toxic-free products, search for organic cleansers or plant based cleansers for a safe cleaning experience.

6) Dishwasher Detergents

Various dishwashing detergents include chlorine which is highly concentrated. Did you know that dishwasher detergents is one of the common causes child poisonings? Get rid of that junk and protect your children before it’s too late.


7) Car Wash and Polish

The products you use for washing your car and polishing it contains petroleum distillates. This dangerous ingredient is linked to skin and lung cancer. It’s also a powerful irritant to your skin, eyes, nose and lungs.


8) Perfume

Have you ever read the ingredients on any of your favorite products and stumbled upon an ingredient called “perfume”? This means that it can contain more than 300 chemical ingredients. To avoid all these harmful chemicals, try those scented with natural oils such as lavender oil.


9) “Natural” Ingredients

The term “natural” is loosely used by companies so people can buy their products, but don’t be fooled. Despite some companies deceiving you, some products really do contain natural ingredients, however they aren’t FDA approved. The best you can do when searching for safe products is to buy organic products. The reason why you should buy organic products is because they are federally monitored.


10) Drain Cleaners

Even chemical drain cleaners are the most hazardous for anyone including animals. Drain cleaners include harmful ingredients like sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach). Both ingredients can lead to permanently burnt eyes and skin.


11) Oven Cleaners

Not even your oven cleaner is safe to use. Wikihow says: “This common household product has lye and sodium hydroxide, both of them are harmful and can burn skin and eyes”. Oven cleaners also come in spray oven cleaners are easily inhaled into lung tissue.


12) Lice Shampoo

The ones affected the most are children. Lindane is found in lice shampoos which triggers vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and circulatory collapse. Lindane also causes liver damage, stillbirth, birth defects and cancer. That said, its best for you to think twice before putting lice shampoo on your kids.


13) Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are typically used in mattresses. The ingredient found in flame retardants is called polybrominated diphenyl, this powerful and dangerous ingredient accumulates in blood, breast milk, and fatty tissues. This ingredient also causes to liver, thyroid, and neuro-developmental toxicity.

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