8 Cancer Causing Products to Remove From Your Home

As a parent and spouse, you try to ensure your family is healthy and happy, and you do everything within your power to keep them safe. It doesn’t cross your mind that the products that you are using to keep them safe may actually be placing them in harm’s way.

When you think of health and well-being, proper nutrition and supplementation are often on the top of the list of ways to keep your family safe. You don’t consider analyzing the products you use for cleaning purposes, for example.

The truth is that there are a number of known carcinogens in our homes lurking in the shower, the toilet, the kitchen cupboard, and the rest of the house that have the potential to substantially increase the risk of you or your family developing cancer.

Here is a list of potential dangers, from air-fresheners to shower curtains, which you can look out for to make your home safe again.

Air Fresheners

According to a report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, many of the air-fresheners we use in our homes on a regular basis contain compounds with carcinogenic potential.

The vast majority of air-fresheners, even some marked “all-natural” or “unscented,” contain compounds called phthalates.

Different types of phthalates have different health consequences although the majority of them affect reproductive health. Many of them can exacerbate 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 spritz bottle is all you need to keep your home smelling great.

Shake well before each use and mist the spray around your home whenever you want to freshen the air. Or you can use it in an aromatherapy diffuser.

Candles

The other possibly dangerous and toxic product in your home could be hidden within your favorite scented candles.

We all know that lead can be dangerous and lead poisoning can be disastrous for health, but when you see descriptions like essential oil and aromatherapy, you automatically assume that these products are healthy.

Although the US Consumer Council has banned the sale of candles containing lead wicks, it is still a good idea to check your candles to make sure they don’t contain this potentially dangerous substance.

Many scented products also contain dozens of harmful toxins and carcinogens. So check the chemicals used to create the scents of your products too.

A simple way to check your candles is to use a piece of paper. Holding the wick, try to draw a line on the paper. If there is no line, then the wick most likely does not contain lead.

You can also light the candle and hold the paper high above the flame. If a gray soot residue forms, your 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 may 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, like sewer pipes for example, but when used in environments that can release the toxic carcinogenic compounds of PVC, this plastic polymer could become a ticking time bomb.

Shower curtains contain PVC and other toxic compounds that can be released as you shower. These toxins can affect the reproductive system, the respiratory system, and may be carcinogenic as well.

Some of the plastic products used to make children’s toys, containers, and other plastics may also be a health hazard .

Healthier alternatives for shower curtains include natural cotton curtains (like this one) or EVA curtains (EVA is a non-toxic alternative to PVC) like this one. Check your children’s toys and your plastic containers to make sure they are PVC free.

Carpet Cleaners and Fabric Shampoos

Many carpet shampoos and fabric cleaners that are designed to offer superior stain removal power use a product called perchloroethylene. Perchloroethylene, also called Tetrachlorethylene, has been linked to increased risks of developing lung cancer.

Carpet cleaners and fabric shampoos also sometimes contain a compound called naphthalene. Naphthalene is the main ingredient in mothballs, and naphthalene exposure is linked to an increased risk in developing throat and lung cancers.

Baking soda is a great odor remover and white vinegar is effective for removing dirt and stains. If you want to get rid of your carpet shampoo, sprinkle your carpets with baking soda, add vinegar to your water to shampoo, and then wait for your carpets to dry.

Sprinkle with baking soda again if necessary and then vacuum any powder that remains.

Steam cleaning is another healthy option for keeping your carpets clean without the chemicals in carpet shampoo.

Dry Cleaning Products

According to the American Cancer Society, another carcinogen hidden in your cupboards could be Tetrachlorethylene or Perchloroethylene that has been used on your dry-cleaned items. These chemicals are often included as solvents in products like dry cleaning products.

Wearing clothes that were dry-cleaned can unintentionally expose you to these harmful substances. Make sure your local cleaner doesn’t use perchlorethylene to clean your cloths.

Insecticides and Pesticides

The term family usually extends to our furry friends. One would think that the products promoted as pet friendly would indeed be pet and human friendly.

However, like your cleaning materials, there are a number of potentially carcinogenic chemicals in many of the tick, flea, and lice control products too.

Some tick and flea products contain organophosphate insecticides, permethrin, and carbamates. These products are listed as likely to be carcinogenic to humans.

Antibacterial Products

We are often fooled into thinking that certain products are automatically safe. This is particularly true of products like antibacterial products that are supposedly designed to make our environments safer.

Recent concerns about an ingredient used in many antibacterial products have led to a ban in the use of this product in areas like the EU.

Triclosan is an antibacterial and antifungal ingredient found in many cosmetics, soaps, detergents and even in this top selling toothpaste.

Evidence suggests that Triclosan may be carcinogenic. Although initial tests were only done on mice, there were enough concerns to ban the product in the EU.

Products like silver have been used for their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties (for example, advancing biotechnology incorporates ionizable silver into fabrics for clinical use to reduce the risk of infections), and the use of silver does not seem to pose any major danger to humans.

Deodorants

I’ve already mentioned that your deodorant may contain a harmful neurotoxin, but did you know that it can also cause cancer?

Dr. Philip Harvey, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Toxicology looked into the ways cosmetics interact with your body. He says that wiping the chemicals found in deodorants under your arms and on the sides of your chest or breasts “could provide a route of almost direct exposure to underlying tissue containing estrogen receptors.”

This is concerning because, both parabens and aluminum, found in deodorants, are “estrogenic” chemicals-which means that they interact with your body’s hormones or cells in ways similar to estrogen.

According to the National Cancer Institute, excess estrogen plays a role in promoting the growth of cancer cells which is a great concern because of our daily exposure to deodorants.

Harvey says that his calculations suggest these cosmetic chemicals may “significantly add to estrogenic burdens.”

Don’t Take Safety for Granted

The above list of products is just a sampling of the potential dangers of the products we take for granted.

You need to take an active interest in the products you rely on to keep your family safe. Research the products you use regularly and search the ingredients.

Your Lipstick Is Full Of Cancer-Causing Heavy Metals & Chemicals – Avoid THESE 18 Brands

Billions of dollars each year are pulled in by major cosmetic companies and the majority of these products aren’t tested.

In actual fact, they may be one of the most harmful things you can use on your body, not to mention the cacophony of chemicals but also, many makeups are full of cancer-causing heavy metals.

Do you have any idea of what’s in your makeup?

Most personal care products don’t undergo any sort of regular testing, and is only loosely regulated – in fact, if you check, you’ll note that most don’t even include a list of ingredients.

Chemicals don’t have to be ingested to be dangerous. Sometimes, they are absorbed through your skin which can prove to be worse. It’s a nasty cocktail you might be subjecting yourself to every time you apply makeup.

As the Canada-based Environmental Defense group noted when they tested 49 different makeup items in a report titled “Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals In Face Makeup” the heavy metals present in lots of widely available commercial makeups is truly astonishing.

Researchers studied many major cosmetic brands and found serious heavy metal contamination in virtually all of the products;  96% contained lead, 90% contained beryllium, and 61% contained thallium. An additional 51% contained cadmium, while 20% contained arsenic.

Those are not things you want to be absorbing through your skin.

Cadmiun, for instance, is a known carcinogenic material, and any of these heavy metals, when absorbed regularly, can cause long-term heath effects to develop over time. With consistent use, they may increase your risk of cancer, reproductive disorders, and many other health issues.

In particular, be aware of these eighteen most dangerous makeups:

1. Maybelline Color Sensational (#125 Pink Petal)

2. L’Oreal Colour Riche (#410 Volcanic)

3. NARS Semi-Matte (#1005 Red Lizard)

4. CoverGirl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues (#580 Ruby Remix)

5. NARS Semi-Matte (#1009 Funny Face)

6. L’Oreal Colour Riche (#165 Tickled Pink)

7. L’Oreal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor (#748 Heroic)

8. CoverGirl Continuous Color (#025 Warm Brick)

9. Maybelline Color Sensation (#475 Mauve Me)

10. Stargazer Lipstick (#103c)

11. Revlon Matte (#009 Fabulous Fig)

12. Sonia Kashuk Luxury Lip Color (#27 Mauvey)

13. Avon Beyond Color (#558 Mad for Mauve)

14. L’Oreal Endless (#530 Mauve Amour)

15. Revlon ColorStay (#375 Ripened Red)

16. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (Toffee)

17. Revlon Super Lustrous Peal (#631 Luminous Pink)

18. Revlon Super Lustrous Peal (#643 Satin Plum)

Instead, consider safer alternatives – or learn to make your own natural makeups!

Check out the video below for some lead-free lipstick ideas: