|7 Products You Should Ban From Your Home Forever
In our efforts to help our Who’s Green? community find simple and
effective ways to live a little greener, we knew this easy list of “7
Products You Should Ban” from your home was essential.
1. Nonstick Cookware- When heated,
polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), the nonstick coating, releases toxic
gases that have been linked to cancer, organ failure, reproductive
damage and other dangers. Try anodized aluminum, stainless steel or
cast-iron pans instead.
2. Chemical Insecticides or Hebicides- The active
ingredient in Roundup is known to cause kidney damage and reproductive
harm to mice, and cypermethrin, an active ingredient in Raid, is a known
eye, skin and respiratory irritant and damages the central nervous
3. Conventional Cleaning Supplies- All-purpose
cleaners often contain ammonia, a strong irritant that has been linked
to liver and kidney damage. Bleach can burn the skin and eyes. Oven
cleaners can cause chemical burns and emit toxic fumes. Choose natural
cleaners or mix up your own using vinegar and baking soda.
4. Flame Retardants- Foam items (mattresses,
mattress pads, couches, easy chairs, pillows, carpet padding) purchased
before 2005 are likely to contain polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), a
chemical linked to liver, thyroid and neuro-develomental toxicity. If
you’re in the market for a mattress or sofa, look for products that
don’t use brominated fire retardants. To make your existing mattress
safer, cover it with an organic wool topper.
5. Antibacterial Products- Widespread
antibacterial use helps create new strains of antibiotic-resistant
“superbugs.” Antibacterials may also interfere with immune system
development in children, according to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Make it your goal to be clean, not germ-free. Regular
soap and water will clean most things.
6. Air Fresheners- These are incredibly toxic and can aggravate respiratory problems like asthma.
7. Chemical Fertilizers- If you have a lawn, choose organic fertilizers, not dangerous chemicals.
We hope this list will help you an your family live a little healthier in your home.
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