Bleach is perhaps the best known hazardous home item, but there are many other items that can be linked to health problems. Things that we use in our day to day life may prove to be unhealthy for us, like air fresheners and laser printers.
Here at Enlighten we have formed a list of household products that can be unhealthy and dangerous if used incorrectly.
1. Aluminum foil
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This handy household item may have harmful health effects as the aluminum particles can transfer to your food. According to a study, especially when you cook your food wrapped in aluminum foil, you may be consuming higher levels of alum than recommended.
The health effects of eating too much alum within your diet have possible links to diseases and can aggravate others such as Crohn’s disease. The effects of using aluminum foil can make your life uncomfortable by causing flareups of already existing conditions.
2. Non-stick pans
While these handy kitchen utensils save us so much time when it comes to cleaning pans, they may cause more serious health concerns. Because they are coated in polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFC), they can release toxic gases and chemicals when heated.
Studies have found that PFCs can enter your food from non-stick pans, as well as from food packaging. Actually, further studies show that a staggering 98% of the US population has PFC in their blood when tested.
3. Drain and oven cleaners
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Because oven and drain cleaners are designed to remove grime and blockages, they can be dangerous for our health. Oven cleaners contain corrosive alkalis, which means that they may cause burns, respiratory issues, and more if inhaled or spilled on the skin.
Drain cleaners also have health risks if inhaled, ingested, or if they come into contact with your eyes and can cause poisoning. This is because it contains Sulfur Trioxide and Sulfuric Acid, ingredients that can be very hazardous for your health.
4. Plastic storage containers
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Plastic storage containers are handy for carrying our lunch to work, however they may also be leaching nasty chemicals into your food if you use a microwave to heat them up. These chemicals are called BPA and we are consuming them from plastics, like storage boxes and bottles.
Heating plastic boxes in the microwave may mean that you are eating more BPA, which seem to be connected to serious health effects like cancer, infertility, diabetes, and obesity.
5. Air fresheners
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We all love a good air freshener that improves our experience at home, whether to mask odors from animals or to freshen up the home for guests. However, these sprays may cause health problems, according to several studies.
One study says that they might affect reproduction development, and another implies that they can cause migraines and breathing problems.
Mothballs are extremely practical for keeping your clothes fresh and protected from moths but they may also cause health problems. Because they contain naphthalene —— which evaporates and gives mothballs their smell —— they can cause damage to your red blood cells.
Inhaling mothballs can be dangerous and lead to serious health problems, like cataracts and liver complications. If used incorrectly, this item can be bad for your health and the rest of your household.
7. Laser printers