Everyday Toxic Things in Your Home You Had No Idea About

From deodorants to lipsticks and couch, your house is full of potentially toxic chemicals and you might not even be aware of it. Here are 10 everyday toxic things in your home you had no idea about.

#1. Water Bottles

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BPA or Bisphenol A is commonly used in clear plastics. The substance can mimic estrogen in the body and is therefore harmful to children and babies. Though it has been banned from baby products, it has already got a replacement BPS which is no better than BPA. BPS can disrupt normal cell functioning that can give rise to various health problems.

#2. Carpets


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It seems great to use stain resistant carpets and not worry about coffee or wine stains but various industrial chemicals used to make them stain resistant can lead to health issues. Many of them include PFOA which is a Teflon chemical associated with cancer and thyroid disease.

#3. Perfumes

Sure they smell nice but contain potentially harmful chemicals such as benzaldehyde, camphor, acetone and methylene chloride which can cause various health problems when these chemicals are inhaled. Various problems that can arise include headaches, nausea, dizziness, irritation and kidney damage in some cases.

#4. Mattresses

Considering how much time we spend in bed, the harmful chemicals called PBDEs found in mattresses seem quite hazardous. Exposure to them can lead to decreased sperm quality, thyroid problems and brain damage. Mattresses with PBDEs have been banned in various US states and Canada. So, if you want a comfy sleep and not worry about health problems, better go for a mattress without PBDEs.

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