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Banish These 8 Household Toxins That You Might Not Have Thought About

Banish These 8 Household Toxins That You Might Not Have Thought About

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With increased information right at our fingertips, more and more people are questioning things. A lot of people are looking at things like their health and realising that they could be doing more than their GP is telling them. Then with the likes of social media and blogs, you are able to hear these people tell their stories. They have recovered from certain illnesses after ditching conventional medication. They start eating an organic and plant based diet. Changing your lifestyle like that is an extreme example; most of us don’t need to go to those lengths. If your health is good and you have a balanced diet, then it is about moderation in all things. But there is evidence to suggest that there are a lot of toxins in our home that could be causing health issues. It could also be issues like feeling constantly tired or exhausted. If you are eating well and exercising, then it shouldn’t be happening. So there must be some kind of toxin that is affecting you. Here are some common toxins found in our homes. A lot of them you might not have even thought about. But they could be doing more harm than good. I hope this is of interest.

Talcum Powder

If you have got little ones at home, then I’m sure you have this in your bathroom cabinet. Even if you don’t have kids, it is a common thing that lots of us will just have it. The uses of talcum powder are really varied. You could use it for a baby’s nappy rash, chaffing, to absorb moisture or even as a dry shampoo. I know quite a few people that swear by it for getting sand off feet after a beach trip. But there could be some long lasting effects for its use. Let’s not forget that anything we put on the outside of our body does find its way to the inside of our bodies. If the powder is used for feminine hygiene, for example, it has been found to remain in the body for many years. It has been linked to the growth of ovarian cancer cells, for instance. Though it might not be a direct cause of cancer, is it worth the risk?

Antibacterial Soap

There are many hand washes and soaps out there that all claim to kill bacteria. But are they causing more harm than good? There is a chemical in many of these soaps, and even in some toothpaste, called triclosan. This chemical can affect thyroid function and different hormone levels in many people. It is also really harmful to aquatic life. It can also lead to an immunity to antibacterial medications or treatments. So it doesn’t sound like a good option at all. It can be hard to have to check the label on everything. But if it has that chemical in, it is best to avoid it. You can still get clean hands without using one of these antibacterial soaps, though. Regular, old-fashioned soap will clean your hands well and kill germs. You could also use a hand sanitizer that doesn’t list triclosan. Choose one that is more alcohol based, and it will be much better for you, and the environment.

Strong Cleaning Products

As well as chemicals that we use to clean ourselves, there are harmful chemicals when we clean the house. When we think we are cleaning our home, we are actually making it a little more contaminated. Think about bleach, for example. The ammonia in those can be super harmful for asthmatics. Have you ever dyed your hair using a colour with ammonia in? You will have found it a little hard to breathe. So it can cause or trigger asthma attacks. Drain cleaners are also notorious for being bad for our lungs. Other chemicals can burn our skin, so you do need to be careful about what you use. This isn’t an excuse for having a dirty home, though. Mould and dirt can be damaging too, of course. But there are better products that we can clean with. You can clean with essential oils such as lemon. It is really antibacterial and let’s face it, smells divine. You could also clean with white vinegar mixed with water. The smell might be a little strong, but it will not harm you like chemical cleaners would. Making your own cleaners is much cheaper too. So it might be worth looking into from that point alone.

Scented Candles

Before I go on, I will let you know that it isn’t all scented candles. It just depends on what the candles are made from. If they are made using paraffin wax, then they will give off toxins into your home. Paraffin wax is a byproduct of oil refining. So when you burn it, it gives off strong toxins. Not just into your home but into the environment. So again, you just need to be a bit of a label checker.

You can still enjoy plenty of scented candles, though. Who doesn’t enjoy them in their home? Just look for beeswax or soy wax candles instead. Then you can rest assured you will be filling your home with good stuff and not paraffin. You could also look at alternatives to scent your home. You could look into diffusing essential oils or a using a reed diffuser.

Plastic Bottles and Boxes

BPA (or Bisphenol A for its proper name) is found in plastic bottles, boxes and even a lot of tinned food containers. It can have such negative effects on our health, though. It can affect infertility, heart disease and even aggressive or hyperactive behaviour in children. So where you can, avoid using plastic bottles for your drinks. You can find plenty that say BPA-free, though, so look for those ones instead. You should avoid using plastic Tupperware too. It can contain the chemical. The worst thing to do is reheat food in a plastic container too. It can mean a transfer to your food, which goes directly in your body. So look for BPA-free or glass containers where possible.

Receipts

Like plastic and tin cans, receipts are dusted with BPA to activate the print. It can rub off when we handle the receipts and get onto our hands. When things are on our hands, it will get into our body and blood stream eventually. So unless it is a handwritten receipt, try to get rid of it as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to just decline a receipt for smaller transactions. Do you need a receipt for your Starbucks coffee? Some companies are becoming more and more aware of this issue, though. So hopefully it won’t be too long until receipts are no longer dusted in BPA. After handling receipts, be sure to use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser, to stop it getting too far into your body.

Air Fresheners

Like scented candles, scented air fresheners can release harmful toxins into the environment. They have been shown to lead to fertility and developmental problems. As stated above, there are many ways to scent your home. If you want your home to smell good, then you can use essential oils, or natural scented candles. If it is an air freshener that you just need to get rid of bad smells, there are options. You could use bicarbonate of soda, for example. If you have a pet dog or messy children, then it can be applied on carpets and even shoes! It will help to eliminate smells. All you need to do is rub it in and leave it for a little while. Then vacuum it all back up, and it will be smelling good in no time.

Pots and Pans

If you have pans that claim to be non-stick, then it can be a lifesaver when cooking. But these pots and pans could actually be leaking toxins into the food that we are cooking. Could these non-stick pans be why we as a nation are just getting sicker and sicker? So it just seems that these days we all have to become label checkers. Read what everything contains or is made from. The best pots and pans to cook with are most likely to be ones that are coated. The best materials to look for are ones coated in stone, porcelain or diamond. The latter might be rather pricey to buy, though!

It can be hard to be completely toxin-free. You’d have to become a bit of a recluse and never leave the home. But it is a good idea to make some changes in your home. Then you will be subjected to fewer toxins as you go about your everyday life. Making a few small changes can have a really positive impact on your home and your health. So if you have some current health issues, it might be worth eliminating these toxins in your life. Hopefully, you will be able to see the difference in your health in no time at all.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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