We live in a toxic environment: the plastics we use to wrap our food in, the pesticides, even the high-end make-up brands and household products are packed with harmful chemicals which can have a serious effect on our health.
Some studies suggest a lot of household products we use on a daily basis can contain toxic chemicals that could potentially be harmful to our health and even worsen our pain symptoms.
The CNN recently reported that some of these hormone-disrupting chemicals – namely phthalates and DDE – have been linked to female reproductive problems, such as fibroids and endometriosis.
So, which are the household products most at blame when it comes to health risk? Most plastic containers are made from chemicals including phthalates; switching to glass containers might be a healthier – and environmentally-friendlier – option.
It may come as a surprise but non-stick pans also contain harmful chemicals, namely PFOA which has been linked to higher incidence of cancer in lab animals. To protect your and your family’s health, consider switching to cast iron or stainless-steel cookware and using natural sprays such as olive oil.
Cleaning products are also amongst the most toxic household products. Make sure to check the label of every product you buy and look for chemicals such as phthalates and chemical agents. For cleaner alternatives, try natural products such as baking soda, Borax, vinegar and even lemon and hot water – they’ll leave your home spotless without putting your health at risk.
Also, try and steer clear from any pesticides and insect repellents – they might kill the dreaded ants and roaches at sight but there’s a reason for their efficiency. Switch to healthier alternatives and herbs such as mint or tansy which act as naturally insect repellents. The same is true for moth repellants: there’s plenty of natural alternatives available, ranging from cedar blocks to mind, cloves and rosemary. The bonus is that your house will not only be clean and safer but will also smell delightful!
In summary, the best thing to do is to be educated properly about the potential harmful consequences of the products used in our homes and take appropriate action to eliminate these toxins from our environment.
Here are some general useful tips to take away:
Don’t reuse bottled water containers. Many reusable bottles are made of polycarbonate plastic, but those often contain bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical linked to reproductive problems and heart disease. Try using glass bottles or at BPA-free bottles.
Use natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products or alternatives you can make at home (vinegar, baking soda, and lemon are good ingredients to use).
Buy or make your own natural personal care and beauty products. Try my home-made body scrub!