Toxic Household Hotspots


Kitchen - Oven Cleaner. If you don’t have a self cleaning oven, this is one of the WORST household chores. Oven cleaners are full of dangerous ingredients, including lye – also known as ‘caustic soda’ – ethers, ethylene glycol, methylene chloride and petroleum distillates. A simple paste of baking soda and water, applied to the mess, may be all you need to keep your oven clean. And to cut down on grease deposits, lay pans or foiled-lined receptacles at the bottom of the oven to help catch pan drippings.

Dining Room - Candles. Burning candles can add more than atmosphere to an event. Candlelight usually means the room is filling up with toxins. To enhance slow burning, many candles on the market, mainly those that are scented, have metal wires that contain lead inside their wicks. These wicks are responsible for a hazardous level of lead release, which has been associated with learning disabilities and Parkinson’s Disease. And the candles’ artificial fragrances contain plasticizers and other solvent type mixtures.

Laundry Room - Dryer Sheets. Everyone likes clean clothes. But using dryer sheets to impart 

fragrance to freshly laundered items may have harmful physical consequences. The components of 

synthetic fragrances, including benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol and terpines, are toxic, and some are 

carcinogenic,. Consumers who buy dryer sheets mainly for the fragrance need to realize that 

clothes being tossed in the dryer with these sheets are absorbing these toxins. They’ll eventually 

rest on the skin. One alternative is mixing a few drops of essential oil with water and misting that 

solution directly onto bedding and other articles of clothing after they come out of the dryer.

Nursery or Bathroom - Baby Wipes. Baby wipes used by many parents may keep their infants clean and comfortable. But these items don’t always keep toddlers safe. The reason is an antimicrobial chemical compound called Bronopol – 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol – that’s a typical baby-wipes’ ingredient. Bronopol is toxic to the skin, immune systems and lungs. Pthalates, which are endocrine disruptors, are also typically found in wipes. One solution is either to buy babywipes that are free of these toxic substances, or make your own by experimenting with safe cleansers and emollients. Another option is using simple soap and water.

Toxic Furniture. Particle board furniture might be affordable but the pressed wood is usually made with formaldehyde or isocyanate glues. Highly toxic, out gassed and then inhaled. Need we say more?

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