Did you know that many common household items bring formaldehyde into our homes? Formaldehyde exposure is an incredible danger to our health. Exposure can cause lung, eye, nose, and throat irritation, as well as lung and nasopharyngeal cancer. It can also cause cancer in your pets. EPA calls formaldehyde a probably human carcinogen.
So what kinds of household items bring formaldehyde into your home?
1. Nail Polish.
Can you believe it? Nail polish uses formaldehyde as a preservative and a hardener. Choose nail polishes that are water-based and formaldehyde free.
2. Various hair products.
Formaldehyde is common in ahir products. Look for the ingredients: quaternium-15, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea formalin and methylene oxide. Avoid at all costs. Ask questions about these ingredients at the salon.
3. Common bedding.
Wrinkle-free bedspread, sheets, and pillowcases contain formaldehyde that cannot be washed away. Look for flannel or cotton jersey bedding.
4. Kids plastic dishware, toys.
Kids plastic dishware and toys contain formaldehyde. Look for ones made without melamine resin. Others are not safe for microwave use or for children.
5. Air fresheners.
Many air fresheners contain formaldehyde as a basic ingredient. If you want a more pleasant aroma in your home, use soy candles, sprinkle baking soda, or just open up a window.
And what can we do about it? Check out the video below.