Here are the top 10 products that I believe you never want to cross the threshold into your home. Don’t despair if you have them as most can be removed, sealed in, or otherwise gotten rid of! I have to say these top 10 just rolled off my keyboard but please add your own ideas, in the comment section, below.
2. Moth balls.
Naphthalene is a registered carcinogen by the U.S. Government. Use alternatives, such as these natural moth balls designed by weavers.
Found in pressed wood and particle board, many contemporary furniture manufacturers use formaldehyde-based wood products. There are alternatives, such as a
4. Products with VOCs.
Volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) are usually man-made chemicals that are used and produced in the manufacture of paints, pharmaceuticals, and refrigerants. VOCs typically are industrial solvents and are often components of petroleum fuels, hydraulic fluids, paint thinners, and dry cleaning agents. Are your paints making you sick? Your nail polish?
5. Fragrance/perfumed products.
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Lead is a highly neurotoxic heavy metal that was an ingredient in paint until 1978, so many homes have lead paint chipping away. Beyond paint, where else is lead found in the home?
Kerosene is often used in the home in poorly ventilated space heaters that have inadequate combustion. Many deaths are attributed to the use of carbon monoxide buildup from the use of such space heaters.
10. Oven cleaner.
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P.S.. Fire retardants are problematic and found in cushions of sofas and chairs and which contain long-lasting chemicals called polybrominated diphenyl ethers, called PBDEs, that are endocrine disrupters. The challenge is that most of us would have to buy new couches and armchairs. That is asking a lot of anyone, which is why I didn’t include them in the top 10.
P.P.S. I also didn’t include a list of endocrine disrupters in my top 10 products not to bring into your home because the list is ever growing and overwhelming. I’d suggest you visit skindeep.org to investigate endocrine disrupters in your personal care products.