50 Essential Items It’s Probably Time to Replace

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Plastic storage items

Plastic is everywhere in the house, especially in the kitchen. Fridge and kitchen cabinets are probably full of plastic containers to store food and drinks. Different kinds of plastics contain various chemicals, some of which are toxic. Some studies have linked chemicals that have leached from plastics — which can happen when the plastic is exposed to heat — to obesity, metabolic disorders, and reduced fertility.

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Furniture polish

The problem with furniture polish is the nitrobenzene in it. Small amounts of nitrobenzene, to which people using these products are exposed to, may cause mild irritation when it comes in contact with the skin or eyes. High amounts of nitrobenzene, which people are unlikely to be exposed to unless they work in a factory that produces the chemical, may damage the blood’s ability to transport oxygen throughout the body. This may lead to nausea, headache, irritability, dizziness, weakness, and drowsiness.

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Pressed-wood furniture

Pressed wood is often used in building furniture such as cabinets, laminate flooring, and plywood. The material, mostly made from wood strips, veneers, and chips is held together by glue that contains formaldehyde, an adhesive used in making building materials. Exposure to high amounts of formaldehyde has been linked to cancer. People who have pressed-wood furniture are usually exposed to low levels of the gas which may irritate the eyes, nose, throat, or skin, according to the CDC.

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Scented candles

Scented candles certainly smell good but many contain synthetics dyes and fragrances. When burned, they can be a source of particulate matter. Burning candles with lead core wicks may increase the indoor air concentrations of lead above EPA-recommended levels. Exposure to the scented smoke from candles has been linked with several illnesses and skin irritation, according to the EPA. Beeswax candles are a good alternative.

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Shower curtains

Shower curtains should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week to avoid mildew, a form of fungus that can cause throat irritation and nasal problems like congestion and nosebleeds.f your shower curtains or linen get to a point where they look like they are decorated with polka dots, it’s time to replace them.