In 2010, researchers at Mount Sinai found that phlathates, which can be found in cosmetics, various types of plastics, nutritional supplements, soaps, and countless other consumer products, can interfere with the endocrine system. They may also be related to ADHD in young children.
Polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs) are largely found in protective coatings on everything from nonstick frying pans to furniture. A 2012 study found that pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of PFCs tended to have babies that were underweight at birth.
A common ingredient in antibacterial soaps, triclosan is also used as a pesticide, and has been linked to birth defects, cancer, and neurological problems.
Commonly associated with science labs, formaldehyde is also a common ingredient in floor finishes, adhesives, polishes, and resins. Formaldehyde is a proven carcinogen, so be sure to ventilate properly when using any of these products.
9. Sodium Hydroxide
Found primarily in drain cleaners, sodium hydroxide can lead to abdominal pain, vomiting, burns, blood pressure drop, and even death if inhaled or swallowed.
Although banned in more recent decades, homes built before 1978 that have not been deleaded may still contain lead-filled paint. Children are at a particular risk for lead poisoning, which can result in brain damage, learning disorders, and delayed growth.
Do you try to avoid products that contain these ingredients?