Everyday Household Items That Can Be Dangerous

Can you imagine living in a house full of items that are potentially dangerous to your health? Unfortunately, this is a sad reality for most Americans, though many are not even aware of the dangers that may be lying right within their cabinet doors. Today, chemicals are found in a wide array of products, and while most are not harmful to one’s health, some are and you may not even know it.

Non-Stick Cookware

Something used in many houses during cooking. Non-stick cookware saves a lot of people the time of having to scrub down all the food stuck on the pans after everything’s said and done, but is it worth saving a few minutes a day to risk your health? Not many are aware of the hazards that are held within cooking sprays, but a chemical known as Polytetrafluoroethylene is found within many of them. This chemical has been known to put humans at a higher risk for cancer and other harmful health effects. It may be smart to think twice before using your favorite non-stick spray.

Furniture Polish

Yet another common household item containing chemicals that can very easily harm your body. Many furniture polishes contain chemicals known as phenol and nitrobenzene, ones that are both flammable and can easily be absorbed by your skin. These chemicals have been known to lead to skin cancer in humans, something that could be very dangerous to your health.

Air Fresheners and Cleaning Solutions

Air fresheners and cleaning solutions can release toxic levels of pollutants when used in unventilated areas, or in large amounts. This comes from two main chemicals called ethylene-based glycol ethers and terpenes. Air fresheners in particular are linked to many volatile organic compounds, such as nitrogen dioxide, and some fresheners also contain paradichlorobenzene, which is proven to cause cancer in animals. This is the same chemical emitted by mothballs.


Other types of moth balls use naphthalene, which after prolonged exposure can damage or destroy red blood cells, and which can also stimulate nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

What should you do?

If you have been harmed by any of these products and were not informed of the possible health effects, it is urgent you contact an experienced attorney. At Court Law, our team will do everything we can to fight for your case and get you what you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.


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