Household

4 Common Household Items That Are Secretly Toxic

It’s only natural that we shop for our daily household items without giving it a second thought. But have you ever stopped to think if it has potential harm to you and your family? One of the main reason is lack of information. That’s why, we all have at least 4 of these household items that are secretly toxic along with its natural alternatives:

1. Cheap Essential Oils

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Essential oils are considered great for our skin but some cheap essential oils have additional ingredients which are used to maintain their consistency and prolong their expiration date. These ingredients can be harmful to your skin and body if misused. Always read the ingredients carefully to see if there are synthetic compounds.

Natural alternative: Coconut oil because it is safe yet has the same benefits as essential oils. Do opt for natural essential oils instead for relaxing aromatherapy at home.

2. Plastic Bottles
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Using plastic bottles everyday is one of the biggest mistakes we make. Some scientists believe that water and other drinks served in plastic bottles contain unstable organic molecules called hydrocarbons which can be carcinogenic.

Natural alternative: glass bottles because they are safe although more expensive.

3. Leafy greens

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Leafy greens are practically a symbol of healthy food. However, these greens are a very common cause of bacterial infections due to frequent handling and improper cleaning.

Natural alternative: organic leafy greens because they are usually wrapped in packages and are treated with less pesticides.

4. Plastic Shopping Bags

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Plastic bags are harmful not only to you but also to the environment. They release toxins in your food, but also degrade very slowly. Throwing them out will not make them disappear, but they will get stuck somewhere and accumulate garbage which potentially do harm to animals.

Natural alternative: paper bags or recycling bags because they are bio-degradable and don’t emit harmful toxins.

Further reading

Krieger J, Higgins DL. Housing and Health: Time Again for Public Health Action. American Journal of Public Health. 2002;92(5):758-768.