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There is a wide assortment of household products that you and your loved ones come in close contact with on a daily basis. What you may be uncertain of is what the chemical makeup is of these everyday items and the kinds of hidden toxins in your home. There are soaps, sprays, food containers, and even toilet paper that can be endangering your well-being without you even knowing it. These can unfortunately have a very dangerous impact on your health which will not only kill your beauty game, but can cause some serious health problems. Learn more about what hidden toxins in your home to watch out for and why to keep these toxins out of your home.


Phthalates are often found on product labels of air fresheners, dish soaps, and toilet paper containing fragrances. However, you will not see the word phthalates. Instead, it will be listed as a seemingly harmless fragrance. This chemical has caused problems when inhaled, issues in the endocrine system, and a reduced sperm count.

Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs)

If you have any items that were made to be flame resistant, there is a good chance that they have brominated flame retardants or PBDEs in them. A chemical like this can cause problems with the thyroid, hearing issues, a delay in the onset of puberty, and cancer. This is such a potent toxin that it has been found in both humans and animals twenty years after the initial exposure.

Bisphenol A

This toxin is found in a plethora of your household products including clear plastic water bottles, dental devices, canned foods and drinks, and even toilet paper. The chemical is known to be a contributing factor to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and breast and prostate cancer. Look for items that are labeled “BPA Free” to avoid it.


If your home is twenty years old or older, there is a good chance that you have asbestos located somewhere. Common places to find it include basements, floor tiles, and insulation. As long as you are not disturbing the asbestos you have nothing to worry about. However, the dust that gets set off with movement is linked to carcinoma. Get a professional if you need it removed.

Aluminum foil

In the past, brain diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s have been related to aluminum. If you cook your meat in aluminum foil you are increasing the chances of allowing this chemical into your body by nearly 400%.

Butyl cellosolve

Odds are you have an all-purpose cleaner or window cleaner that you use in your home. These are known to cause damage to the kidneys, liver, nervous system, and bone marrow. There are more than one thousand toxic chemicals that make up these products.

Anti-bacterial hand wash

Anti-bacterial hand wash sounds like it should be safe. The truth is, in about 75% of the liquid soaps and 30% of the bars soaps there is the active ingredient triclosan. This is known to cause issues including weight gain, thyroid dysfunction, allergies, and even hormone functioning problems.

It is easy to avoid unnecessary exposure to these harmful toxins in your home by being aware of what is in the items you purchase for use at your home. Be sure to read the labels and clarify what the ingredients are before you use anything. In doing so, you can stay at the top of your health and beauty game and are likely to live a longer, more enjoyable life!