That “Clean” Scent May Be Killing You

Common Household Toxins: That “Clean” Scent May be Killing You

22708618_mIf you have children you have probably already taken precautions to keep them from ingesting common household poisons, such as cleaning products and cosmetics, and of course you aren’t going to ingest them yourself, but what you might not realize is how toxic everyday products can be when used as intended. Cleaning and freshening products for our homes and our bodies may actually be destroying our health.

Smelling Good

Scented products, of all types, are the first thing you should consider tossing. Simply reading the ingredients list won’t tell you much. The terms “fragrance” and “parfum” can indicate any of hundreds of toxic chemicals which harmful health effects ranging causing or contributing to cancer, disrupting the endocrine system, and harming your reproductive system.

Just a few of the many products which commonly contain toxic “fragrance” chemicals include:

  • Air fresheners
  • Scented candles
  • Laundry detergents
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Dish soap
  • Cleaning products
  • Disinfectants
  • Shampoos
  • Deodorants
  • Hair sprays
  • Body wash
  • Body, hand, and face soaps
  • Sunscreens
  • Carpet deodorizers
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