Bathrooms themselves aren’t a breeding ground for toxins, but you will be surprised to know that many of the cleaning products you use contain toxins.
You can minimize your exposure by knowing what chemicals to look out for and why.
Formaldehyde is known as a class A carcinogen and you would be surprised to know of the many products it is used in.
It is commonly used as a disinfectant in deodorants, liquid soaps, and shampoos, and also goes by the names, formal, methyl aldehyde, formalin.
Research has linked this toxin to increased risk of cancer and leukemia.
Parabens are used as a preservative and found in products like moisturizers, deodorants, and toothpastes.
It is also listed as alkyl parahydroxy benzoates.
Parabens can contribute to increased levels of oestrogen, a hormone responsible for many types of cancers such as breast, colon, testicular and prostate cancer.
Phthalates are a kind of industrial plasticizer that is widely used in plastic cups, bottles and toys and is banned in the EU.
However, they are also present in bathroom products such as shower gels, shampoos, hairsprays, nail varnish, and perfumes.
Phthalates have been found to damage the kidney, lungs, liver, and reproductive skin and can be absorbed in the body through the skin, inhalation or ingestion through liquids or contaminated foods.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate is a common ingredient in bubble baths, liquid soaps, and shampoos.
It creates a lot of bubbles when mixed with salt and is cheap.
Although its use in these products can cause harm to the health and skin.
SLS has been found to cause skin irritation, stop hair growth, and cause cataract and damage eye development in children.
Skin is a carrier for this product and its slightly less toxic variant, SLES may cause more drying.
Love to style your hair and paint your nails?
You’d be surprised to know that these things contain the toxic chemical toluene that is known to cause liver damage, endocrine system disturbances, and asthma.
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The deeper you dig, the more products you find that we commonly use that contain toxins that are harmful to our health.
From products that we use to beautify and clean ourselves to those that we use for cleaning the bathrooms, everything contains some exposure to the toxins that pose harm to human health.
Be careful and mindful when purchasing the products and try to use toxic free cleaning products whenever you can.
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Do your best to eliminate toxins where you can but don’t stress over it.
Just take one baby step at a time.