14 Household Items That Can Cause Cancer

Freshener

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3. Air Fresheners

This is probably the number one product that average Americans have in their homes in one form or another. The Natural Resources Defense Council reported that almost all of the common air-fresheners, even those labeled as being “all-natural” contain chemicals with serious carcinogenic potential.

Any household item that contains some type of fragrance or “parfum” has a toxic chemical called phthalate. There are many types of phthalates that have different health consequences, but almost all of them have one thing in common — they affect reproductive health. Many of these air fresheners do not clean the air as we believe they will, but they do exacerbate respiratory problems such as asthma. As much as possible, choose fragrance free products and make your own homemade air fresheners to avoid phthalates.

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