Some of the most obvious reasons for people not being able to get rid of clutter are lack of time, lack of energy, inertia, and a feeling of not knowing where to start. While these reasons may sound genuine, not cleaning up the extra stuff in your house can cause a huge headache.

You might be surprised to know that the things you come in contact with daily have a significant impact on your overall health. So, it is not fine to load up unnecessary stuff in your house, which may or may not be out of carelessness. 

In this article, we will see some of the items that need to be ditched at all costs by you for better physical, mental, and spiritual health. Initially, it shall be a little hard for you to get rid of the things due to inertia, as mentioned above. But the effort shall prove fruitful at the end. So, let’s begin the discussion.

  • Old Plastic Containers

This is a no-brainer as plastic containers hold chemicals like bisphenol-A and phthalates which are harmful to the endocrine system. The endocrine system is responsible for regulating the growth, development, and the overall mood of a person. The constant exposure to chemicals that impacts the endocrine system can lead to issues like hypertension, breast cancer, and many others. As a substitute for plastic, glass bottles and containers can be used effectively. 

So, before you dump anything else, make sure the old plastic containers are out of your house. 

  • Air Fresheners

Air Fresheners, most commonly known as Room Fresheners, emit a potentially hazardous chemical like 2,5 dichlorophenol (2,5 DCP,) which is known to cause many health issues, including premature puberty in children. They also release harmful chemicals into the air called volatile organic compounds, which as per EPA causes headaches, liver damage as well as cancer.

Rather than covering up the bad odor in your room, try to find its source and eliminate it. You can also open your doors and windows to promote fresh air in your place. If you want to use something as a scent, try using essential oils, which improve overall wellness as well. 

  • Non-Stick Cookware

Almost 99% of non-stick cookware and pans are made from Teflon, which consists of a chemical called Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) linked to many diseases like breast cancer, prostate cancer, liver tumours, and a reduced fertility rate. Teflon is also said to give people short term flu-like symptoms and headaches.

Hence, it is highly recommended to replace the non-stick pans and pots with ones that are made of glass. Investing in materials like ceramic, steel, or cast-iron is also useful as they last for a long time. 

  • Soaps and Detergents

Are you among those people having a habit of cleaning your hands with a bar of soap now and then? It is undoubtedly a method to keep you hygienic, but it also has a catch. Using too much soap leads to the development of drug-resistant bacteria in the body, mainly affecting the health of children. It kills the beneficial bacteria in your hands, making you vulnerable to potentially harmful microbes and pathogens.

It would be best if you use mild soap and water to get rid of the germs. You may also avoid the usage of disinfectants for cleaning purposes and replace it with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. 

  • Tobacco

Tobacco smoking is one of the worst things that you can do to your body. The standard cigarettes you smoke have tobacco as its prime ingredient, which releases over 3000 toxic chemicals each time you take a puff. You should know that these chemicals are potent enough to damage each organ of your body. 

If you are trying hard to kick the butt, you can look for some good alternatives to quit smoking. Using substitutes to overcome smoking addiction will be excellent as it helps you avoid the problem of withdrawal effects.  

  • Artificial Sweeteners

As the consumption of artificial sweeteners tends to increase appetite in people, weight gain and obesity-related issues are its natural consequences. Artificial sweeteners also contain sucralose and aspartame that enables your body to store fat, thereby increasing the risk of diabetes, and even promote obesity and heart attacks. It is essential to stay away from processed beverages like diet sodas that contain these sweeteners in ample amounts. 

Honey can be a great substitute for artificial sweeteners as they are not only healthy but also a lot easier to digest than regular sugar. 

Conclusion

This article might bring you a keen awareness regarding the ill effects of the day to day items you are using. Though these items may seem essential at first glance, they might also pose a significant danger to our lives if misused. It is, therefore, mandatory to restrict their use as early as you can. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of the author. Influencive does not endorse or review brands mentioned; does not and can not investigate relationships with brands, products, and people mentioned and is up to the author to disclose. VIP Contributors and Contributors, amongst other accounts and articles, are professional fee-based.