5 Household Items You Never Knew Were Toxic
[This is Part Two of 5 Household Items You Never Knew Were Toxic. Click here to read Part 1.]
I could make an endless list of toxic products in your home. But, it's also important that you understand how to identify toxic products - which is difficult, because companies don't want you to know the truth. So, you really have to investigate.
Let's take a look at the next 5 Household Items You Never Knew Were Toxic:
1. Store-Bought Soaps (bar and liquid) - For thousands of years, people had relied on bar soap to keep good hygiene and ward off sickness. In 1865, that all changed. A man named William Shepphard patented liquid soap. A few years later, Minnetonka Corporation had made Sheppherd’s liquid soap world-renowned, and extremely popular. It was called SoftSoap. And it's still around today, causing cancer and poisoning clueless consumers.
According to the FDA, "Today there are very few true soaps on the market. Most body cleansers, both liquid and solid, are actually synthetic detergent products. Detergent cleansers are popular because they make suds easily in water and don't form gummy deposits. Some of these detergent products are actually marketed as "soap" but are not true soap according to the regulatory definition of the word."
Liquid soaps are made of petroleum based synthetic surfactants, which of course, come with their own set of environmental impacts. Not to mention, added fragrance, emulsifying agents and stabilizers, which end up in our oceans, lakes, and even our tap water.
Liquid soap offers no benefits to the consumer.
There's a lot of misinformation about soap out there, but it's super simple. Traditional bar soap is the most effective combat against dangerous bacteria and viruses. It effectively removes dirt and bacteria from all surfaces.
According to the New York Times "A drop of ordinary soap diluted in water is sufficient to rupture and kill many types of bacteria and viruses, including the new coronavirus that is currently circling the globe."
With an oversaturated market of deceiving products, it's difficult to find a soap that's not only legit with real ingredients, but one that you enjoy.
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2. Body Wash - Unfortunately, body wash is another sales ploy, done by big corp, to get you to buy more products you don't need. In fact, body wash isn't even soap, so technically it doesn't properly cleanse the skin. It leaves your pores clogged, germs stagnant, and a toxic residue on your skin. Body wash doesn't kill germs, nor does it remove them.
Due of the inability to properly cleanse the skin, surfactants are a critical aspect of body washes, because they combine lipophilic and hydrophilic. Basically, this means they remove dirt and grime using toxic chemicals. Ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are two common anionic surfactants that foam and reduce the freezing temperature of the mixture, according to biochemist Gary Neudahl, who wrote on the website Chemists Corner. Alkyl glucosides, taurates and sulfosuccinates are also becoming more common primary surfactants in body wash.
Toxic chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, and sulfates, are commonly found in store-bought body wash - all of which can mess with the way your body produces hormones, cells replicate, and immune system function, all of which can cause cancer. Many other ingredients, like fragrance and colors, are also found in these products and irritate the skin.
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3. Synthetic Sponges and Loofahs - This one is probably surprising. This includes dish sponges, face sponges, and body loofahs. These products are made up of non-biodegradable polymers like polyurethane, synthesized from petroleum. Not very eco-friendly...
They're also loaded with Triclosan. This is an antibacterial and an antifungal agent that is a known carcinogen and an endocrine disruptor. It causes irritation and eczema in children susceptible users.
This chemical is also be found in shaving creams, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.
Typically used as a pesticide, studies from University of Maine biochemist Julie Gosse, PhD, suggest the affects on mitochondria. In which case, is essential for reproduction. Gosse states, “We know that it harms mitochondria, and we know that mitochondria function is essential for reproduction, and we know that triclosan affects reproduction.”
Ted Schettler, MD, science director for the Science and Environment Health Network in Eugene, OR, states “Because of its use in so many products, it enters the environment, it enters the sewage system. Triclosan has been detected in fresh water streams and rivers all over the country. … It’s been measured in fish that we eat and in vegetables, so we can get it indirectly as it moves through.”
It's even been linked to lower testosterone levels and less sperm production. Not to mention effects on the thyroid, which produces essential hormones for brain development in children.
I could continue, but the conclusion is simple. Though hundreds of studies, it has been proven that Triclosan is NOT safe.
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4. Candles - Fragranced candles are absolutely HORRIBLE! I couldn't stress this enough. Loaded with toxic fragrance and other ingredients, candles release carcinogens into the air when burned.
In 1991 the Environmental Protection Agency tested conventional, synthetic fragrances and found a long list of toxic chemical ingredients, including acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, limonene, linalool, methylene chloride as well as phthalates, stearates, and parabens. These ingredients can evoke numerous health issues, including nervous system damage, kidney damage, respiratory failure, ataxia, intestinal inflammation, dizziness, fatigue and more.
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I know, I know, you're probably baffled that your beloved Anthropologie candles are poisoning you and harming your health. But, believe me! You'll want to find an alternative after reading this.
Candles can be made with a variety of waxes. The two most common being soy wax and paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, a byproduct of making gasoline. Soy wax is a heavy metal from hydrogenated oil. Both waxes are synthetic.
Studies have proved that when soy and paraffin candles are burnt they release formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, toluene, benzene, and acetone, into the air. These toxic chemicals are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors - along with several other effects.
If someone tells you a manufactured product is 'natural' with no other evidence or information, you should be questioning their motives.
5. Toothpaste - Natural toothpaste is difficult to find. For a product that most people put in their mouth, twice a day, you'd think it'd be a bit safer. Unfortunately, that's not the case....
Conventional toothpaste is loaded with fluoride, artificial sweeteners, triclosan (which reacts with the chlorine in tap water to produce chloroform) and sodium lauryl sulfates (which may cause gingivitis, receding gums and canker sores). Some even contain artificial dyes and other toxic chemicals.
Dentists recommend brushing with a toothpaste containing at least 1350ppm fluoride twice daily, claiming that it is the most effective way to prevent cavities and tooth decay. However, studies have classified fluoride as a neurotoxin. According to a Harvard meta-analysis of relevant research, "children whose water supply is highly fluoridated achieve significantly lower scores on IQ tests. Water fluoridation has previously been linked with cot death, eczema, arthritis, thyroid dysfunction, Alzheimer's disease, increased risk of hip fracture and various cancers. It may also impair glucose metabolism and can cause collagen stored in the skin, muscles, ligaments, bones and teeth to disintegrate."
When shopping for toothpaste, search for 'fluoride-free' toothpaste. Sprouts Farmer's Market and Whole Foods also offer great alternatives. Baking soda and sea salt based toothpastes are the way to go.
Ditch Toxic Chemicals! I hope you've enjoyed all 10 Household Items You Never Knew Were Toxic (part 1 and 2). If you haven't read part 1, click here!
How To Determine If A Product Is Toxic?
Read The Ingredients - Search for the ingredients of a product, not just what the advertising says on the packaging. Companies like to greenwash their products to make you believe it's natural or nontoxic, when in reality, it's loaded with toxic chemicals. Click here to learn more about greenwashing!
Buy From Local Shops & Markets - This is a hit or miss, and you still have to check ingredients. Lots of makers, for example soap makers, use fragrance and additives in their products. Unfortunately, this is due to the lack of knowledge or carelessness of the seller. Click here to learn more about The Farmer's Market: EXPOSED! With that being said, most local shops and markets will offer better products than any store-bought crap.
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