Top 10 Household Items Known To Cause Cancer

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2. Chlorine

You might know this more commonly as chlorine bleach. It’s found in almost every type of laundry whitener, toilet cleaner, mold remover, and kitchen cleaner. Dry products, such as scouring powders, can also contain chlorine. Many municipalities even add chlorine to drinking water to kill bacteria. Although this sounds like a good way to kill bacteria, the risks of exposure are many and the effects can be acute. You are exposed to the fumes, it is absorbed through the skin when you shower or wash your hands. Chlorine irritates the nasal and respiratory passages, and is a major cause of thyroid dysfunction.

You don’t need chlorine bleach to clean, kill bacteria, or whiten clothing. Plain vinegar will help whiten clothes in the wash, as well as remove static cling. Baking soda or Bon Ami will work as well as any cleanser, and vinegar can be used to clean and disinfect toilets. You can reduce your exposure to chlorine in your homes water by installing a whole house filter.

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3 Comments

  1. Robert Wiegand

    Apr 11, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I was unaware of any of these potentially cancer causing products! This is deeply concerning. I am going to rid my house of these items.

  2. Glen

    Mar 16, 2018 at 10:28 am

    everybody uses these things, why don`t everybody have cancer?

  3. John Sikora

    May 2, 2018 at 10:18 am

    There are a lot more then air fresheners and scented products. Non organic foods contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that can and will cause cancer. Fragrance is in shampoos, skin care products, soaps and candles. Fragrance (FOs) are synthetically made chemicals scent compounds. Even if they are are labeled “ natural ” they often have fragrance in them. The only way to know for sure is to look in the in ingredients for Fragrance. Also be be careful about laundry detergent. Look out for dioxane, Nonylphenol ethoxlate, color, stabilizers and alcohol ethoxlate. all of these things are known to cause cancer and may cause cancer.