Saturday, June 9, 2012

List of Toxic Chemicals in Your Home!

The Problem - Dozens of Toxic Chemical in Our Bodies

The #2 cause of death for 5 - 9 year old children, in Canada and the USA, is CANCER and it is not because they smoke cigarettes! This seems odd until you realize that the concentration of toxic chemicals is very high in children.

The Centre for Disease Control says most children and adults carry dozens of pesticides and toxic compounds in their bodies that are found in consumer products. Many are potential health threats.

Over 80,000 chemical compounds are commonly used in the products we buy! Many of these chemicals are responsible for causing health problems in children and adults such as;
Birth Defects
Brain Damage

This is just a partial list of possible health problems caused by things we are commonly using in our homes!

Fifteen Hazardous Household Chemicals

1. Air Fresheners
  • Formaldehyde: Highly toxic, known carcinogen.
  • Phenol: Skin swelling, burning, peeling, and hives. Causes cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma or death.
2. Bleach
  • Strong corrosive. Can irritate or burn skin, eyes and lungs. Can cause pulmonary edema, vomiting and coma if ingested. Don't mix bleach with ammonia, the fumes can KILL you.. 
3. Ammonia
  • A volatile chemical that can damage your eyes, lungs and skin.
4. Carpet Shampoo
  • Perchlorethylene: Carcinogen which damages the liver, kidney or nervous system.
  • Ammonium Hydroxide: Corrosive. Irritates eyes, skin and lungs.
5. Dishwasher Detergents
  • With concentrated dry chlorine is reported to be the biggest cause of child poisonings..
6. Drain Cleaner
  • Lye: Caustic. Burns the skin, eyes. Internally it will damage the esophagus and stomach. 
  • Hydrochloric Acid: Corrosive. Damages eyes and skin. Will damage the kidneys, liver and digestive tract. 
  • Trichloroethane: Eye and skin irritant, nervous system depressant. It can also damage liver and kidneys.
7. Furniture Polish
  • Petroleum Distillates: Highly flammable. Can cause skin and lung cancer. 
  • Phenol: Skin swelling, burning, peeling, and hives. Causes cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma or death.
  • Nitrobenzene: Easily absorbed through the skin, extremely toxic
 8. Mold and Mildew Cleaners 
  • Sodium hypochlorite: Corrosive. Irritates or burns skin and eyes and causes fluid in the lungs and can cause a coma or death. 
  • Formaldehyde: Causes cancer. Irritantes eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Can cause nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and loss of breath.
9. Oven Cleaners
  • Sodium Hydroxide (Lye): Caustic. Causes burns to both skin and eyes. Inhibits reflexes. Causes severe tissue damage if swallowed.
10. Antibacterial Cleaners
  • Triclosan: Skin absorption can cause liver damage.
11. Laundry Room Products 
  • Sodium or Calcium Hypocrite: Corrosive. Irritates or burns skin, eyes and lungs. 
  • Linear Alkylate Sulfonate: Skin absorption can cause liver damage.  
  • Sodium Tripolyphosphate: Irritates skin and mucous membranes. Causes vomiting.
12. Toilet Bowl Cleaners 
  • Hydrochloric Acid: Highly corrosive., irritant to both skin and eyes. Damages kidneys and liver. 
  • Hydrochloric Acid: Corrosive. Damages eyes and skin. Will damage the kidneys, liver and digestive tract. 
13. Pesticides 
  • Dimpylate: (Diazinon), Extremely toxic. Impairs the central nervous system. 
  • Chlorinate Hydrocarbons: Suspected carcinogen and mutantagen. Accumulates in food and in fatty tissue. Will attack the nervous system. 
  • Organophosphates: Toxic and poisonous. If you can smell it, your lungs are absorbing it.
14. Flea Powders
  • Carbaryl: Very toxic, causes skin, respiratory and cardiovascular system damage. 
  • Chlordane: Accumulates in the food chain, may damage eyes, lungs, liver, kidney and skin. 
  • Dichlorophene: Skin irritation: May damage liver, kidney, spleen and central nervous system.
15. Lice Shampoo 
  • Lindane: Inhalation, ingestion, or absorption through the skin causes vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and circulatory collapse. May cause liver damage, stillbirths, birth defects and cancer.

The Solution

Naturally Based Products

Replace the products with toxic chemicals with natural alternative products such as Melaleuca products. This is easier and less expensive than most people think.

For more information, contact me:
Dianne Gray-Wysocki
Educating Consumers to Make Wiser Choices

This article was written by Dianne Gray-Wysocki of


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