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6 Household Items that May be Negatively Impacting your Health

Whether they list warnings on the label or not, some common household products may be doing harm to the health of you and your family. They may seem safe on the surface, but these items may be posing short-term or long-term health risks.

While many of these products are designed to make your life easier, they may be impacting your life—and not in a positive way. Let’s take a closer look at six items you should consider doing away with for the good of your well-being…

1. Mothballs

These stinky little moth repellents that people use to keep their clothing intact are apparently bad for you, according to HowStuffWorks.com. “As they convert from a solid to a gas, you do not want to inhale too much of it,” notes the source.

The Environmental Protection Agency apparently requires manufacturers of mothballs to put warnings on packaging to avoid breathing in the vapors, adds the site. “If you must use mothballs, put them in a sealed container in an area with separate ventilation from the rest of your house,” it advises. Two potentially harmful substances to look for in these products include paradichlorobenzene (linked to cancer in animals) and naphthalene (which has been shown to destroy red blood cells).

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