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Nowadays, people are being constantly exposed to dangerous chemicals and toxins. As a result, workplaces and restaurants need to follow strict safety measures in order to ensure the safety of its employees and customers. However, we have toxic ingredients in our homes as well, and we aren’t even aware of it.

This article presents 5 common toxic household items that you need to get rid of.

  1. Non-stick cookware

This type of cookware is common in the USA. However, it’s been found to release dangerous toxins into the food being prepared in it. As the pan heats up, the coating decomposes on a molecular level and releases dangerous toxic particles and fluoride-based gasses which are highly carcinogenic. Replace your non-stick pans and pots with ceramic ones in order to reduce the risk of cancer.

  1. Artificial sweeteners

Many people use these sweeteners as a sugar substitute, but they contain dangerous compounds which are even worse than sugar. Here are the most dangerous artificial sweeteners:

Sorbitol – can’t be completely digested in the intestines, so it leads to bloating, gasses and diarrhea;

Acesulfame K – might affect pregnancy, lead to tumors, and may be carcinogenic;

Aspartame – is linked to skin cancers and can be deadly in the case of phenylketonuria;

Saccharin – indigestible, it is excreted unchanged by the liver, and leads to bladder cancer.

Here’s a list of natural sweeteners which are safe for consumption:

Erythritol – doesn’t affect the levels of insulin, blood sugar or cholesterol;

Xylitol – improves bone density and reduces the risk of tooth decay;

Stevia – may lower blood pressure and blood sugar;

Yacon syrup – helps in the case of constipation since it feeds the beneficial intestine bacteria.

  1. Plastic bottles and food containers

The problem with plastic bottles and food containers is that they leak dangerous chemicals into the food. One such compound, bisphenol-A (BPA), is commonly used to harden plastic containers. However, according to several studies, BPA can severely harm your health.

Due to the numerous studies on the negative effects of the chemical, the FDA has changed their view on BPA admitting that there is at least some concern over its negative influence on the brain, behavior and prostate glands in babies, young children and fetuses. In order to protect yourself and the environment, you need to avoid disposable bottled water, and use metal or reusable containers.

  1. Air fresheners

You might think they’re safe to use, but air fresheners actually release gasses, odors and fumes which are more dangerous than cigarette smoke and may cause asthma and hormonal imbalance. According to a study by the Public Health England’s Center for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, there’s a significant amount of formaldehyde in air fresheners which enters the group of known carcinogens by the United States’ National Toxicology Program.

The use of air fresheners has also been linked to nose and throat cancers. Instead of using them in your home, use essential oils instead – add 10-15 drops in a cup of distilled water and spray the solution in your house.

  1. Commercial cleaning products

We all use commercial cleaning products to clean surfaces in our homes, but they contain very dangerous toxic substances that have been linked to serious diseases and conditions. Compounds such as BPA, triclosan and parabens have been found in popular cleaning products – all of them have been found to cause hormonal imbalance and other health problems.

Instead of these products, you should try cleaning with baking soda and vinegar, which will provide the same, if not better results.