Unlikely Household Items Raises The Risk of Cancer


Scented candles and air fresheners

They might make your home smell nice, but cheap air freshers and scented candles could be harmful.

Scented candles could release cancer-causing chemicals when burned due to paraffin, which is made from petroleum waste.

Additionally, some wicks contain lead.

Look for natural plant waxes to give your house a pleasant non-cancerous aroma.

Cleaning products

Some cleaning products can contain cancer-causing chemicals.

Certain washing up soaps contain phthalates, hand soap often has triclosan in it, while multipurpose or window cleaners sometimes feature 2-butoxyethanol - all chemicals which have been linked to cancer.

Purchase a natural kitchen cleaner to wipe over surfaces.


Certain firelighters contain kerosene, and sometimes paraffin, which could release formaldehyde. 

The substance has been classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). 

Use a natural firelighter, such a Firemizer’s new product Firebuilder, to reduce the risk.

Shower curtain

Some shower curtains are made from poly vinyl chloride (PVC) which, according to the Environmental Protection Agency in the US could release chemicals into the air.

PVC is now considered one of the most toxic types of plastic and has been linked to cancer. 

Avoiding shower curtains made from the material and choosing hemp or nylon alternatives could mitigate this risk.