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Can Your Clean House Make You Sick? Common Household Chemicals and Cancer



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In 2019, it is estimated that there will be close to 1 million deaths due to cancer.

There are all kinds of different cancer, but did you know that chemicals in your home could be causing some kinds of it?

Common household chemicals might make your home look and smell clean, but they could be the culprit if you develop cancer. Learn more here.

How These Chemicals Can Cause Cancer

A lot of the cleaning supplies or products you keep in your house contain chemicals that can cause cancer. One of the chemicals that comes from these products is volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Other harmful carcinogens may include bleach or ammonia. Some fragrances even mix with other chemicals to cause cancer.

Studies are being done to see how these kinds of chemicals affect people.

Where These Chemicals Are Found

These chemicals can be found in all kinds of different products that you have around the house.

Here are some of the most popular ones you may have.

Synthetic Fragrances

Everyone wants their house to smell good, but the smell is just a mixture of different chemicals. Depending on where you bought the fragrance, it more than likely was not tested for the chemicals’ safety.

When combined to make those fragrances, it could become a carcinogen.


Whether it’s included in your laundry detergent or not, bleach is a big irritant.

If the bleach comes into contact with wastewater, it can start to form a compound that is toxic and can cause respiratory problems.


Something as simple as herbicide in your garage may even cause it. To learn more about roundup, visit this site.

Dishwasher Detergents

In most dishwasher detergents, the main ingredients are normally sulphuric acid, formaldehyde, and phosphates. These can cause skin irritations and be poisonous if they are swallowed.

They can also be carcinogenic.

How to Avoid Harm From Common Household Chemicals

Some of these products you may need to be able to keep around your home, but there are still ways to protect yourself from getting cancer from them.

Make sure that you read all of the labels on anything before you buy it. Try and find products that have little to no VOCs.

You should also just avoid using air fresheners.

You will have to do a little bit of research before buying your products because the government doesn’t require manufacturers to put a complete list of ingredients on their products. Just because a company has labeled themselves as safe doesn’t necessarily mean they’re telling the truth.

You can also try and find safer alternatives. For example, instead of using the dishwasher detergent, you could wash your hands with warm water and soap. There are also safe, at-home soaps you can make.

If you do need to use some of these products, make sure that you are using them in a place where the air is easily ventilated. Open the windows and doors if possible.

Find Treatment

If you have cancer due to common household chemicals, don’t worry.

There are different treatments being discovered in addition to the ones that already out there.

To read about one type of treatment, check out this post.

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