Top 5 Products Toxic Chemicals are Hiding in Your Home

Did you know endocrine disrupting chemicals are hiding in plain sight in many homes? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency indoor pollutant levels, where 90% of our time is spent, may be two to five times higher, even 100 times higher, than outdoors. Symptoms your home may be making you sick include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath or coughing
  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation

Let’s take a peek at the typical ingredients that commonly come into our homes through cleaners, air fresheners, beauty and body-care products.

  • Parabens - disrupt the endocrine system and may increase breast cancer risk
  • Phthalates - disrupt the endocrine system and affect reproduction
  • Triclosan - linked to skin sensitivity, liver damage and hormone disruption
  • Chlorine - aggravates asthma, destroys gut bacteria, can disrupt thyroid function, linked to colon/bladder cancer
  • Perchloroethylene (PERC) - commonly found in dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners, it is a neurotoxin and possible carcinogen
  • Chloroform - found in dryer sheets, it's a neurotoxin and carcinogen
  • 2-butoxyethanol - irritates skin and eyes
  • Benzyl acetate: linked to pancreatic cancer
  • Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) - may damage liver and kidneys, disrupt hormones and promote tumor growth
  • Ammonia- commonly found in glass cleaner, causes eye, skin and lung irritation and worsens asthma.
  • Formaldehyde - aggravates allergies, irritates the skin and burns eyes, nose and throat, a carcinogen
  • DEA (diethanolamine), TEA (triethanolamine) and MEA (monoethanolamine) - can cause allergic reactions, linked to liver and kidney cancer

I want to be sure you have the right information and know where to turn to save money and protect your family.

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#1. Toxic Offenders: Dryer sheets & Chemical-based Laundry Detergents

These may contain benzyl acetate, ethanol and chloroform, possibly linked to Alzheimer’s, central nervous disorders and Multiple Sclerosis, not to mention skin rashes and upper respiratory irritation from donning clothes off-gassing chemicals absorbed from detergents and dryer sheets.

Healthy Choice: Plant based detergents, toxin-free cleaners and wool dryer balls, scented with a few drops of essential oils, also help reduce static electricity.

  • Wool Dryer Balls + essential oils

   

#2. Toxic Offenders: Candles, commercial air fresheners and other aerosols.

Candle wicks may contain lead, which has been linked to behavioral disorders. When burned, paraffin wax releases known human carcinogen benzene. Commercial air fresheners may contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which interfere with reproduction and cellular regeneration, as well as phthalates, believed to impede male hormone production.

The National Toxicology Program’s list of carcinogens is updated regularly, most recently in 2018. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found half of scented candles suspect.

Healthy Choices:

  1. Use a diffuser filled with water and a few drops of all-natural essential oils.

 

 

#3. Toxic Offenders: Bathroom and household cleaners.

Household products are not regulated. They may contain formaldehyde, nitrobenzene, methylene chloride – suspected human carcinogens – and reproductive hormone disruptors and asthma inducers. 

Healthy Choice: Add a capful of Thieves Cleaner to a spray bottle filled with water. Diluted 1:30 with water it is safe for most surfaces including granite, quartz and marble. ¼ cup Thieves Cleaner with ¼ cup baking soda mixed into a paste is a powerful cleaner for tile, stove tops and bathtubs with no toxic chemicals. Add a drop of peppermint essential oil for a crisp clean scent. Do your own research and read labels.

 

#4. Toxic Offenders: Pesticides found on fresh citrus and produce

Heed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EWG cites citrus fruits, strawberries, apples, celery and spinach among veggies and fruits most likely to have pesticide residue.

Under the landmark Food Quality Protection Act of 1996, the amount of pesticides allowed on food should be subject to an additional tenfold safety factor to account for the increased vulnerability of infants, children and the developing fetus. Yet as an EWG study found in 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to apply the extra FQPA margin of safety for dietary exposures to the most common pesticides, including Imazalil and Thiabendazole.

Healthy Choice: Purchase organic fruits and vegetables, and soak or wash all produce in water with a tablespoon of baking soda for two minutes or longer before consuming. If space allows grow your own herbs or convert a section of your lawn to a food garden. Shop at Farmers’ Markets in season and confirm the produce is not treated with pesticides, fungicides or herbicides at any point in production.

#5. TOXIC OFFENDERs: PVC/vinyl found in shower curtains, garden hoses & building materials

This material is banned in the European Union and Japan. Still, PVC is found in shower curtains, garden hoses, toys and credit cards. It expels phthalates, again possibly linked to infertility and cancer.

Healthy Choice: Look for non-toxic PVC versions. Shower curtains can be made of hemp, linen, birch and organic cotton.

There are over 2,900 chemicals in household products and lawn or garden products available for sale in the United States and the vast majority are unregulated by any government laws or regulatory standards.

Thieves cleaner is an eco-friendly collection of high-performance household products. With no harmful ingredients like parabens, sulfates, phosphates, formaldehyde, phthalates, dyes, SLS and chlorine. The products are plant-based, never tested on animals and are biodegradable. These eco-friendly cleaning products are concentrated, meaning you do not need to use as much as you would a traditional cleaner. OH and you can water your houseplants with your Thieves mop water! Because it is made of plant phytochemicals (pure, unadulterated essential oils) your mop water can do double duty.