The Top 10 Toxic Products You Don’t Need

Here are ten toxic products, in no particular order, that you don’t need. And, once you read about them, you probably won’t want them either. Be aware that different homes may have different products that are more toxic than these. This is just a basic list of some of the most commonly purchased products that are almost entirely unnecessary, but pose significant risks. Read the whole really great article here.

1. Air fresheners: Most air fresheners numb your sense of smell with chemical anesthetics.

2. Drain, oven and toilet bowl cleaners: Yes, three products instead of one, but they all fit under the category of cleaners – and these are the three nastiest.

3. Canned food: Food cans are lined with an epoxy resin that contains bisphenol-A (BPA). Eden Foods is currently the only company with BPA-free canned foods (other than the canned tomatoes, which they haven’t found an adequate substitute for given the acidity of the tomatoes).

4. Pesticides:  Kill things. There are so many non-toxic ways to eliminate pests and weeds – next time you need to get on the offense, check out the recommendations at Beyond Pesticides.

5. Dry-cleaning: perchloroethyleneA…really nasty. Consumers Union study found that people who wear freshly dry-cleaned clothes, like a jacket and shirt, every week over a 40-year period, could inhale enough perc “to measurably increase their risk of cancer” – by as much as 150 times what is considered “negligible risk.”

6. Bottled water: From manufacture to disposal, bottled water creates an enormous amount of pollution – making our water even less drinkable.

7. Rubber duckies:  made from PVC – the poison plastic. Banned in over 14 countries and the European Union, PVC, also known as vinyl, is still legally sold by U.S. retailers although it threatens environmental and consumer health at every stage of its product life cycle.

8. Couch cushions: anything with foam labeled as meeting California TB 117, as it is likely to contain toxic fire retardants. These chemicals migrate from the foam to dust to people. In animal research, these chemicals are associated with cancer, birth defects, thyroid disruption, reproductive and neurological disorders such as hyperactivity and mental retardation.

9. Perfume and cologne: Contain phthalates – suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors that are increasingly being linked to reproductive disorders. Rarely listed on product ingredient labels. Find out if products you currently use contain phthalates and find safer ones on Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Searchable Product Guide website.

10. Oil-based paints and finishes: There are 300 toxic chemicals and 150 carcinogens potentially present in oil-based paint, according to a John Hopkins University study.
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