They also release benzene and toluene, chemical compounds linked to cancer and lung disease. Although they smell lovely, scented candles have another strike against them because they also discharge formaldehyde, yet another harmful compound. If you choose to continue to burn paraffin wax candles, prevent soot from being blown around the room and landing on window coverings, furniture, etc., by keeping them away from drafts and cut off the wick or use a wick dipper to extinguish them.
Personal & Household Products:
Reach for clean filters for household appliances. Make sure filters for your air conditioner, heater, clothes dryer, stove range hood, vacuum cleaner, and dehumidifier are changed or cleaned according to instructions and at recommended intervals. While a countertop microwave doesn’t have a filter, a microwave over the stovetop needs its filter cleaned, too.
Push away products that have the word “fragrance” or “scent” in the list of ingredients. Anything that comes into contact with the skin is fair game for a toxin attack. The Endocrine Society warns that petroleum-based synthetic chemicals such as phthalates are known endocrine disruptors that cause metabolic issues, interfere with immune and nervous system function and a host of other problems. Keep in mind that bath soaps, laundry and dishwasher detergent, household cleaning products, personal care products and cosmetics can be toxic because of their phthalate-load. The website noharm-uscanada.org reports that common problems associated with exposure to fragrance chemicals used in these products include forgetfulness and loss of coordination along with respiratory and other issues. With this in mind, you can see why limiting exposure to scented products is recommended by many health care professionals.
Reach for household and personal care products that have a USDA Certified Organic label. Europe bans many of the chemicals used in the US, but look for products that have been independently certified as organic if you live in Europe.
Reach for personal air filtration products if redecorating an older home requires stripping leaded paints or if leaded pipes are being replaced.
Push away clothes that have been dry cleaned – ban them to the outside for a few days. Most dry cleaning solvents use trichloroethylene (TEC), which is a highly volatile organic chemical associated with cognitive decline.
These are a few simple things you can do to reduce the cumulative effect of toxins in your home and in the home of someone you love who may be cognitively compromised. Be proactive and do an online search for companies that sell the products you and they use currently. If the ingredients contain chemicals such as those discussed here and are known to add to the toxic load, let future purchases be informed by that.