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Replace These 4 Toxic Household Chemicals Before You Get Sick

When you've got young kids in the house, it's a good idea to keep the bleach and household cleaners on the top shelf and out of reach. But maybe you didn't know there's a lot more you can do to keep harmful items away from you and your family.

You may not realize it, but some of the materials you use every day could be causing you to develop short-term or long-term illness. These hidden toxins are found in items such as soap, frying pans, and more.

Check out this list of chemicals to avoid and where you can find them in your home:

1. Antibacterial Soap

Although you might think soap is getting bacteria off your hands, many antibacterial soaps contain a chemical called triclosan, which can throw your hormone levels and thyroid function out of wack. Also, some antimicrobial agents in the soap strip your skin of its natural defenses against bacteria. You're better off with plain old soap.

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2. BPA

BPA is a chemical found in most plastics, especially food containers and water bottles. It has been linked to behavior problems in children and developmental problems in unborn babies, including the prostate gland in boys. Check for the "BPA Free" sticker next time you buy a water bottle.

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3. Formaldehyde

According to studies, exposure to formaldehyde can cause irritation, headaches, and dizziness. It's also been linked to some types of cancer. Check your home for nail polish, other cosmetics, wood products, and paints for the harmful chemical.

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4. Bug Sprays

We all know that pesticides aren't good for you, but do you know why? Studies have shown that certain synthetic pesticides are related to brain damage and cancers such as Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Replace your bug spray with a natural alternative such as citrus, cedar, of eucalyptus essential oils and water in a spray bottle.

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