Home sweet home. This expression is always said when we feel there is no place as comfortable, safe, and beautiful as homes. But did you know that it turns out some of the areas in our home can carry diseases? Well, here are some seven toxic areas at home which are most commonly affected by household products pollution:
1 . Yard
Do you use pesticides, insecticides, or herbicides on lawns to make them fertile and free from insects? You or your children should not lie on the grass if you use those chemicals. The toxic content in these fluids pose a high risk of cancer or neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. So, when you are trying to maintain the health of your lawn, think about your health too.
2 . Sinks
Mothers usually choose the lower part of the sink to store cleaning products and bleach. It turns out that the strong aroma from the area indicates a danger. These products can be effectively clean the germs, but they contain a reactive substance that can be fatal your lungs.
3 . Kids’ toy containers
The main threat here is the lead as the toys’ coating. Since 2006, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has banned the use of U.S. 21 lead -tainted toys, including toy train sets and learning toys which are mostly made in China.
In very high doses, lead can cause seizures and brain damage in children. But, although the involvement is only in small quantities, children can lose IQ and attention span.
To avoid this, do not buy brightly colored plastic toys and the one which are painted. Books and wooden toys are the safest. In addition, teach children to always wash their hands every time after showering and before eating.
4 . Bathrooms
To remove the bad smell in the bathroom, some people put mothballs which usually contain par dichlorobenzene, a type of chemical that is very dangerous. The carcinogenic fumes can irritate the nervous system.
Inhaling the mothballs vapors in one night is not going to instantly make you have cancer, but in the long term it may increase the risk. So, just to be safe, use scented products such as dried lavender and cedar.
5 . Rooms being renovated
Rooms which are being renovated usually cause a lot of dust from flaking paint dirt. As we know, the walls contain lead paint. If possible, empty house when you renovate the house. Alternatively, cover the areas being renovated.
6 . Bedrooms
The average person spends about a third of his life in bed. The problem is, most of the conventional mattresses contain brominated flame retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs.
PBDEs are structurally similar to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) which were banned in the 1970s in the United States. The dangers are almost the same, i.e. causing cancer, disrupting the function of the immune system and thyroid, as well as reducing IQ in children. A 2003 study published by Environmental Health Perspectives found that women in Texas have breast milk with PBDE levels 10 to 100 times higher than women in Europe. Some mattresses also contain formaldehyde and benzene.
Therefore, consider an organic mattress. For a relatively cheaper option, choose organic cotton or wool futon. Wool, unlike petroleum -based chemicals, acts as a natural flame retardant.
7 . Workrooms
Your eyes and lung can be irritated from the toner found on copiers and ink from a fax machine. Not to mention the gas caused by a permanent marker. In the short term, if this area is often left closed, it can lead to symptoms such as headaches and fatigue. As for the long term, the neurotoxic compounds found there can cause tingling or numbness and permanent damage to the nervous system. To anticipate this, provide a window in your workroom.
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