Scented Products Leave Behind Particles That Turn Into Formaldehyde
After a long day, what's better than lighting a few scented candles, sinking into a hot bath, and surrendering yourself to the sweet smell of death? That's essentially what you're doing if you use scented candles, air fresheners, or any number of products that exude fragrant chemicals into the air. These chemicals, once released, react with the ozone to produce formaldehyde -- you know, the stuff they use to pickle corpses. Turns out it's not great to breathe in, causing anything from minor irritation to cancer.
How can any of this be legal? Well, the thing is, the products don't contain the harmful chemicals themselves, and under the correct circumstances, it's not a problem. In ye olden days, when people had to endure the horrors of a slight draft now and then, household air circulation was good enough that the formaldehyde particles went right out the window, along with any money you spent on heat. Now those particles are trapped by our energy efficient windows, slowly entombing us with the smell of cinnamon buns. There is hope, though. Certain houseplants can counteract these effects by absorbing the chemicals, so that's one way to keep your home smelling like an old lady's purse without risking a slow death.
Madaise/flickrThough one of those is the spider plant. The last thing you need is some toxic chemical reaction mutating that thing.
CFL Bulbs Emit UV Radiation And Could Cause Cancer
Let's be honest: If you're reading this site, you're probably the indoor type. You're more likely to get some kind of nerd cancer from snuggling up to a reading lamp or something than from frolicking in the sun all day. No really, you actually can. In a 2012 study, CFL light bulbs were found to emit enough UV radiation to damage human skin.