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11 Cancerous products that you may be using now at home

By Andrew Alpin, 3 March 2017


Technology has no doubt progressed to the point of introducing several new food items into our kitchens. At home too, we have access to a variety of wonder products in the field of cosmetics and household consumer products. But did you ever stop and wonder about the chemicals that go into manufacturing such items? What about the byproducts and their side-effects?

You’ll be surprised to know that some of your common household products contain potent and harmful toxins as a result of their genetically modified manufacturing processes. That can cause a number of diseases, including cancer. Here are the top 11 household products that cause cancer.

1Whole Milk

Processed and manufactured whole milk off the shelves will feature a label full of nutritional data, but here’s what they won’t tell you that it contains:

  • Antibiotics: liable to cause allergies, disease resistance and may be carcinogenic
  • Heptachlor and hexachlorobenzene: Both carcinogenic and neurotoxic materials used as insecticide, which can be toxic for the reproductive system
  • Dieldrin: a known carcinogenic substance
  • RGBH: a genetically modified artificial hormone, injected into cows, to increase milk production. It is a potential carcinogenic.


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2Consumer Products (Ajax Cleanser, Toothpaste)

Many well-known brands of toothpaste use silica as a thickening agent; yet, it isn’t mentioned on the label. This can be carcinogenic and cause eye, lung and skin infections. After the year 1994, when this was found to be toxic, its use has reduced considerably in such formulations.

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3Talcum Powder


The active ingredient in talcum powder is talc, however, when used over the genital area, it can get trapped in the ovary and remain there for years. The particles become toxic, causing infection and ovarian cancer.

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4VO5 Hair Conditioner

VO5 hair conditioning as a product contains the following toxins which are actually labeled on the bottle and is one of the common household products that cause cancer.

  • FD & red: These are carcinogenic substances
  • Fragrance: contains substances that can cause dermatitis
  • Formaldehyde: a neurotoxic element which is also carcinogenic and can cause skin inflammation and dermatitis.

This product contains the following labeled toxins:

  • Polysorbate 80: A toxic substance containing P-dioxane. It can cause dermatitis, hives, skin inflammation and breathing problems.

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5Zodiac Flea collar

This item contains propoxur, which although is mentioned on the label, but you may not know that it is a potent neurotoxin and is a probable B2 human carcinogen. Studies proved that PPX, which is also an insecticide, caused urinary, bladder cancer in wistar rats.

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6Cover Girl Foundation Make-up

Cover girl foundation make up contains several toxic substances mentioned on the label like:

Parabens, which can cause dermatitis. Triethanolamine, which in combination with Nitrites can be carcinogenic as they produce Nitrosamines, which are known to cause tumors in animal species. Talc is another carcinogenic substance causing cancer and lung disease. Lanolin, obtained from sheep wool contains DDT and pesticides. BHA is also an ingredient that has been found in lists of carcinogenic substances.

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7Beef Frankfurters

Beef frankfurters have a number of carcinogenic substances that won’t be labeled, these are:

  • Carcinogenic hormones.
  • Antibiotics that can become carcinogenic and contribute to drug resistance and allergies
  • Hexachlorobenzene: a neurotoxin and carcinogenic substance
  • Lindane, which reduces growth of blood cells and is also a carcinogenic neurotoxin
  • DDT and Heptachlor: Known pesticides with carcinogenic properties, dangerous for the reproductive system
  • Nitrites: Although labeled, it can become dangerous for children when mixed with heterocyclic amines.

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8Lysol Disinfectant

Lysol contains Ortho phenyphenol, which was observed to cause bladder tumors in rats when exposed to the substance in high doses. The substance can also cause mild to severe skin irritation and upper respiratory tract infection. The US Environmental Protection Agency has designated an exposure limit for OPP at 39mg/kg/day which is the safe limit.

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9Clairol Nice and Easy hair color

Clairol has a number of labeled toxins such as-

  • Fragrance, which can cause lymphoma, dermatitis, melanoma and various cancers.
  • Propane-1: This can cause dermatitis.
  • Phenylenediamine: known to be carcinogenic and causes dermatitis.
  • Quartenium-15: a known carcinogen which causes dermatitis and releases formaldehyde.
  • Diethanolamine (DEA). When combined with Nitrite ions it creates carcinogenic nitrosamine

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10Ortho Weed Killer

Always wear gloves when you handle products like Ortho weed killer. The solution contains substances like sodium 2, 4—dichlorophenoxyacetate, both of which are toxic and mentioned on the label. These are dangerous for the reproductive system and can contribute to soft tissue sarcoma, lymphoma and various cancers.

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11Heavy Duty Cleaner

Most heavy duty cleaners are among the household products that cause cancer, as they use ingredients and substances that are not labeled on the container. Crystalline silica is one of these products, which is carcinogenic and can cause inflammations of the skin, eye and lungs.

Heavy Duty Cleaner

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