1. Air Fresheners – This may come as a surprise but air fresheners contain a plastic chemical called ‘phthalates’, which help in the growth of cancer cells in some of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. The chemical has been found to be a hormone disrupter and it accelerates the growth of cancerous cells. A study found that cancer cells exposed to phthalates grew 3 times faster and spread 2.5 times faster. Avoid air fresheners containing this chemical and use beeswax candles instead.
2. Mothballs – The use of mothballs is fairly common when it comes to preserving clothes. However, not many people know that dichlorobenzene, a chemical used heavily in mothballs, has been found to accelerate puberty in girls exposed to it while not affecting girls who had not been exposed to it. Early puberty is a risk factor for breast cancer. A great alternative to moth balls is using a combination of lavender, cloves and sandalwood packed in an old sock or cloth.