Household Items That Are Actually Endangering Your Family

Make sure you throw these out when you do your spring cleaning
Household Items That Are Actually Endangering Your Family


Unknown dangers are prowling in your home, and you are most likely not even aware of them. Unfortunately, you have no control over most of it – with few exceptions. 

An average house easily accumulates 100 pounds of dangerous waste, which often remains until the residents move out or do an extensive cleanup, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.[slideshow:103871]

You don’t have to “go green” to protect your family from toxic chemicals hiding in cleaning products, kitchen sponges, cookware, mothballs, and even scented candles.

If a chemical is used every day on the job or at home, it may become incredibly dangerous. Over time, toxic materials can build up in the body and cause long-term health effects, according to the NY Department of Health.

Possible damage can result in infertility, cancer, emphysema, kidney tissue damage, and birth defects, to name a few, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) says.

People are exposed to more than 700,000 different toxic chemicals on a daily basis; other estimates suggest more than 2 million. Chemicals are found in a wide variety of goods on a daily basis. Preventative measures begin at home.    

Click here to see what items that you have at home may be putting your health at risk

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