12 Household Items That Contain Harmful Chemicals (and How to Avoid Them)


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7. Health and beauty products. The health and beauty items in your bathroom and makeup collection could be hosting a virtual party of dangerous chemicals associated with allergic reactions, neurological disorders, cancer, and hormone disruption, to name just a few. In fact, the possibilities are so numerous (and the safer alternatives so plentiful) I encourage you to take Naturally Savvy’s Women’s Health Challenge to discover how to clean up your act in the health and beauty products department.

8. Household cleaning products. Think about it: you may be using toxic chemicals to clean your home. What’s wrong with this picture? If your household cleaning products sound like a chemistry experiment, then it’s time to go natural. Lemon juice, borax, vinegar, salt, and baking soda are excellent cleaners, deodorizers, and antibacterial agents for nearly every cleaning need.

9. Plastic containers and accessories. Let’s face it: items such as food containers and big plastic tubs used to store clothes and kids toys are convenient and light. So are plastic accessories such as plastic storage cubes, corner shelving, and patio tables. But these and other plastic items harbor toxic substances such as phthalates, which have hormone disruptive properties. These chemicals have been associated with asthma and allergies, reproductive problems, diabetes, obesity, and thyroid conditions. Use glass or stainless steel containers for food and keep plastic furniture and containers out of high-temperature areas.

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By Andrea Donsky| August 18, 2017
Categories:  Nest

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Andrea Donsky

Andrea Donsky

Founder & Chief Passionista at NaturallySavvy.com. See my full bio here.

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