Use of cleaning products like bleach has been linked to increased risk of serious lung conditions like emphysema and bronchitis. According to scientists from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research and Harvard University, exposure to disinfectants just once a week could up the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Earlier studies have linked the use of cleaning products to asthma. In the recent study, the data from over 55,000 female nurses were analyzed. The study started in 1989 and focused on those nurses who continued working till 2009. Exposure to cleaning products like hydrogen peroxide and bleach were analyzed and it was seen that the use of disinfectants increased the risk of COPD. Like cleaning products, there are several other household items that are harmful to your health. Here are some common but dangerous household products that you must quit using now!

Dish washing sponges

The pores of the dishwashing sponges can get filled with harmful bacteria. According to some reports, a new bacteria can grow on the kitchen sponge every 20 minutes on an average. If you want to stay healthy, it is advisable to clean and sanitize the sponge after every use.

Non-stick cookware

Non-stick cookware
Non-stick cookware

Introduced in the 1960s, non-stick cookware instantly became popular. The food doesn’t stick and it is easy to clean. However, a non-stick coating of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) releases harmful gasses, which have been associated with organ failure and cancer. If you still want to use non-stick pans, make sure that you are cooking on a low or medium as high temperature causes the release of gasses. You can avoid using non-stick pans and steam or bake your food.

Chemical insecticide

These products are used to kill the insect, so there are chemicals that are also bad for humans. Chemicals used in a garden to kill weed can cause damage to your kidney. Insecticide to kill cockroaches can cause respiratory or skin irritation.

Air fresheners

Air freshener
Air freshener

Yes, it does help in keeping your home fresh but the chemicals present in it can also cause breathlessness and aggravate conditions like asthma. The store-bought air fresheners contain chemicals even though they are labeled natural. You can try simmering some vanilla and cinnamon to freshen up your home.

Chemical fertilizers

Using chemical fertilizers in gardens is a common practice. These chemicals can cause serious damage to our water bodies. The runoff can enter a water body and cause algal bloom. It is advisable to use natural or organic fertilizer like compost and cow dung in your garden.