October is a month of breast cancer awareness.  It’s also a month for liver cancer awareness.  Just about every month has some kind of cancer awareness because cancer seems to be WAY to common these days.  One of the things I am passionate about is prevention of all cancers.  For several years now I’ve educated consumers on how to have healthier homes.  We started our journey looking for safer, more effective and budget friendly household items and I have learned so much over the years.
I get excited sharing and helping others on their journey to better health!

Today’s post is focusing on an ingredient, formaldehyde.  This is a known human carcinogen as cited from the American Cancer Society.  Most people think ok whatever I don’t use that.  I’m going out on a limb and saying that unless you’ve already switched brands and stopped shopping at mainstream brick and mortar stores you do actually have it in many things around your house.

The problem is that you won’t see the word formaldehyde on a label.  These are some of the alternate names for it:

  • BFV
  • FA
  • Formaldehyde Solution (DOT
  • Formalin
  • Formalith
  • Formic Aldehyde
  • Formol
  • Fyde
  • Hoch
  • Ivalon
  • Karsan
  • Lysoform
  • Methanol
  • Methyl Aldehyde
  • Methylene Oxide
  • Morbicid
  • NCI-C02799
  • Oxomethane
  • Oxymethylene
  • Paraform
  • Polyoxymethylene Glycols
  • Rcra Waste Number U122
  • Superlysoform
  • UN 1198 (DOT)
  • UN 2209 (DOT)
  • Quaternium-15
  • 2-Bromo-2Nitropropate-1, 3-Diol
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea
  • Diazolidinyl Urea
  • Formalin
  • Methanal
  • Methyl Aldehyde
  • Methylene Oxide
  • Morbicid Acid
  • Oxymethylene
So now we have to remember all of those when reading labels.  No problem, right?!?!  It used to take me forever when shopping for anything because I was a label reader.    
This image contains a SMALL sampling of products that contain formaldehyde.  It actually makes me very sad that we as consumers are put into so much danger all for the bottom line.  We assume that if a product is on a shelf in a store that it’s safe for us.  That’s just not the case.  
It’s in cleaning, personal care, cosmetics, baby products, it’s all over.  It’s a cheap preservative that these companies use to mass manufacture and have the product sit on shelves for years.  Products labeled free and clear and other products marketed for babies still contain chemicals such as formaldehyde.   It truly makes me sad.  
The time for change is now.  

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