Nowadays, people are constantly exposed to various harmful chemicals. Restaurants and workplaces have to adhere to specific safety measures to guarantee their customers and employees aren’t exposed to dangerous levels of these substances.
Nevertheless, you can have the same toxic chemicals in your home as well, so in this post we are going to tell you which are the 5 common household items that everyone should get rid of to prevent possible diseases, and which are their natural alternatives.
1. Non-Stick Cookware
The most used cookware among people in U.S is the non-stick cookware, although it has been shown that it releases toxins in the food while cooking. You can’t see this, but when you heat up non-stick cookware, its coating starts decomposing at a molecular level, releasing various toxic particles and gases based on fluoride, a lot of which are carcinogenic. Replace your non-stick cookware with ceramic or pans and pots which don’t release dangerous fumes.
2. Artificial Sweeteners
A lot of people think they are doing the right thing by replacing sugar with some of its alternatives. But among the many natural sweeteners, the most used ones are actually lot worse than the regular sugar. The harmful artificial sweeteners include:
- Aspartame – is connected to skin cancers and people with phenylketonuria can find it to be deadly
- Acesulfame K – might affect pregnancy, cause tumors, and be carcinogenic
- Sorbitol – can’t be completely digested in the intestines, so it causes bloating, gas, and diarrhea
- Saccharin – indigestible and can cause bladder cancer. It is excreted by the liver unchanged
Replace these sweeteners with the following natural ones cultivated without refining:
- Erythritol – doesn’t affect the levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, or insulin
- Stevia – can reduce blood sugar and blood pressure
- Yacon syrup – can help in cases of constipation as it feeds the good intestine bacteria
- Xylitol – can enhance bone density and lower the risk of tooth decay
3. Plastic Bottles and Food Containers
The chemicals found in the plastic of food containers and bottles leach into the food or drink you are consuming from them, and get digested together with it. Bisphenol A is one such chemical that is used to harden plastic in tupperware, water bottles, and other products made of plastic.
According to many studies, Bisphenol A affects negatively on our health. The Food and Drug Administration has changed their stance on Bisphenol A in 2010, saying there’s “some concern” over its impact on the behavior, brain, and prostate glands in young children, babies, and fetuses.
Always go with reusable glass or metal water bottles and food containers, instead of disposable plastic ones. In this way, you will save your body and the environment too.
4. Air Fresheners
We all know how air fresheners eliminate noxious gas and pungent odors, but recent research shows that they are releasing fumes that are even more harmful than the cigarette smoke, which can cause various respiratory problems like asthma and disrupt the hormone balances.
Public Health England’s Center for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards has conducted a study which showed that there’s a “considerable” amount of formaldehyde in the content of common air fresheners, which is classified as a “known human carcinogen” by the United States’ National Toxicology Program. Overexposure to air fresheners has been connected to throat and nose cancers.
Essential oils are natural alternative to the store-bought air fresheners. Besides creating pleasant aromas in your home, it was shown that they are beneficial for our overall health too. For instance, inhaling rosemary oil has been proven to stimulate the nervous system and improve the mood.
Just add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oil in a cup of distilled water and add it in a spray bottle. Spray it around your home in the same way as you do with conventional air freshener.
5. Commercial Cleaning Products
You probably have all sorts of cleaning products for your kitchen, bathroom, windows, and other parts of your home. These products are necessary to prevent accumulation of dangerous bacteria in your home, but unfortunately, most of them have been connected to asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Substances like triclosan, parabens, BPA, and phthalates are known to disrupt the hormone balances and they have been found in the content of many cleaning products.
However, natural antimicrobial cleaning properties can be obtained by baking soda and vinegar, and without the side effects of the store-bought cleaners. It was proven that they are effective against salmonella, staph, E.coli and other bacteria.