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Home Products That Causes Cancer

We may think that our home is safe and secured as we use the best solutions to clean our furniture and objects. But little did we know that these very solutions are harmful and disrupting for us to lead a healthy life. There are a number of home products which cause the onset of cancer and we are unaware of this threat. Many of us think that we use the best home cleaning solutions/products, but they are the ones which contain certain ingredients which cause the deadly disease, cancer.

These home products listed below contain carcinogens like formaldehyde, nitrobenzene, methylene chloride, and napthelene which is harmful for the human body. Reproductive toxins and hormone disruptor present in the home cleaning products is also dangerous. To keep our house clean, we must go in for natural cleaners like that of vinegar, lime or baking soda. Staying away from these products that contain carcinogens is the first step in keeping your home clean and safe.

It is also noted that some of the home products causes liver, kidney and brain damage, allergies and asthma. Here are a host of unhealthy home products which is used for basic cleaning or recreational purposes.


Room Freshener

It surely removes the odour from your home, but along with that sweet fragrance, it is risky as it causes cancer. Room fresheners contain napthelene and formaldehyde ingredients which is not good for the lungs. Natural fragrances from essential oils is the best option.


Art work

Who knew that a painting can be hazardous to life? Paints contain Epoxy and rubber cement glues, acrylic paints solvents and permanent markers which often contain carcinogens. Therefore, if you are an art lover, reduce the amount of art work displayed in your home.


Scented Candles

We all love scented candles and most of us use it in every part of our home. It is best to avoid the artificially scented candles because it produces a combustion by-products which includes soot. It is best to go in for beeswax candles with cotton wicks.


Automotive supplies

Visiting a garage to get your automotive supplies is better, than storing them at home. This automotive supplies causes cancer since most of them are toxic in nature. The contents found in automotive supplies gives rise to skin cancer.


Dry Cleaners

If you have given your clothes to the dry cleaner, make sure that they are using liquid C02 or citrus juice cleaners. It is said that if one uses perchlorethylene to clean clothes, you are more prone to getting skin cancer.



For those of you who have pets at home, it is best to avoid lindane-based pesticides which is commonly found in flea and tick medicines. Natural ways to get rid of a flea infestation is a better option for you and your pet.



The constant use of a microwave to heat food is unhealthy for the body. One should never heat food in a plastic container as the substances which is used in manufacturing the plastic can leak into the food causing stomach cancer.


Cleaning carpets

The best method to clean your carpets is through natural ways. Stay away from carpet and upholstery shampoos. Baking soda, club soda and white vinegar are natural things used to clean carpets, and remove stains.

Story first published: Monday, July 22, 2013, 19:03 [IST]
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