6 Common Things in Your House That are Silently Killing You

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Most people think that pollution only occurs outdoors and not indoors. Unfortunately, indoor pollution is even more pervasive than outdoor pollution.

A study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that indoor pollution is 5 times more than outdoor pollution. This is of great concern as we spend more hours in our houses than outside.

Hence, watch out for these things in your house that are a danger to your health.

1.     Mattress

Most mattresses are manufactured using toxic chemicals which may contribute to cancer and infertility. PVC material and some flame-retardant chemicals used on mattresses are toxic.

Instead, consider purchasing a mattress made using latex material as it is less toxic. Always check the mattress label to identify the material used.


2.     Furniture made using Plywood, MDF, or Chip board.

Image: MDF Wardrobe

Most house furniture are made using engineered wood products such as plywood, Medium Density Fiberwood (MDF), or chip board. These products are bound using glues that contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde chemical can cause asthma, eye irritation, respiratory problems and even cancer.

It is recommended to avoid using furniture made using these wood products. Instead, use furniture that is made using solid wood as it is organic.

Image: Wooden wardrobe

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3.     Toilet Balls

Image: Toilet balls

Toilet balls are used as a deodorant for freshening the toilet. The balls are entirely made using naphthalene which is a toxic substance. When the solid ball turns into vapor, the vapor is released to the air.

Inhaling the vapor can cause headaches, dizziness, and even liver damage. Also, the vapor can cause eye irritation.

It is recommended to only use toilet balls in well ventilated toilets to avoid health problems.

4.     Carpets

Image: PVC Coil Carpet.

Image: PVC Carpet

Carpets are found in almost every house as they keep the feet warm or decorate the house. However, most carpets are made using toxic synthetic fibers, adhesives and chemical treatments. The toxic compounds in carpets may include PVC, benzene, formaldehyde, methylene chloride among others.

It is recommended to purchase a carpet that is made using natural fibers i.e., wool. Also, always air out a new carpet before installing it in your house.

5.     Air fresheners and Scented candles.

Image: Candles

Be careful about air fresheners and scented candles that contain phthalate compound as an ingredient. Phthalate has been associated with hormonal disruption, birth defects, and asthma.

Instead, use air fresheners and candles that are made using essential oils as a fragrance. Essential oils are organic as they are extracted from plants. Hence, they cause no harm to your health.

Also, you can avoid using scented candles and air freshener altogether by ventilating your room.

6.     Paint.

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That fresh paint on your house wall can cause serious health issues. Some paints emit volatile toxic compounds in form of fumes when not dry. These paint fumes have been associated with asthma, liver damage, and even cancer.

To minimize the health risk, allow the paint to air out for at least 24 hours before moving in the room. Also, watch out for paints with volatile compounds such as benzene, formaldehyde, or methylene chloride compounds found in paints.

The paint ingredients can be read on the paint container.  

Let us protect our health and that of our loved ones.

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