Five Dangerous Household Products You Might Have in Your Home

Everyday household products are assumed to be safe and convenient. Whether it is a kitchen cleaner or laundry detergent, some of these products pose a significant threat to your loved ones. In fact, certain chemicals within these products have been linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, cancer, and other fatal injuries. When cancer-causing agents or other health concerns are found in these products, they are removed from the shelves and often result in class action lawsuits by anyone injured from the chemicals. However, other dangerous household products do not cause cancer but have inadequate safety mechanisms or warnings that can lead to unintentional poisonings and other issues too. Here are five dangerous household products you should be aware of.

What Dangerous Household Products are Lurking in Your Cleaning Cabinet?

These hazardous chemicals and household cleansers should have proper warnings and safety seals. Manufacturers and sellers of these chemicals can be held liable for any injuries or deaths when they fail to ensure consumer safety.

Cocamide DEA

Shampoo and other personal care products might contain cocamide DEA, a known cancer-causing agent. Recently the Center for Environmental Health discovered the agent and some states have agreed to discontinue retailing any product with it.

Laundry Detergent Pods

Detergent pods are supposed to be convenient, but children see those colorful packets as candy. Sadly, detergent manufacturers have limited safety mechanisms on these products to prevent little children from opening the packages and consuming the pods.


Window, multi-purpose cleaners, and kitchen cleaners might contain this harmful chemical that the EPA describes as an irritant that leads to kidney damage, liver disease, sore throats, and pulmonary edema.

Talcum Powder

Talcum powder comes from talc and once was a common ingredient in baby powder. However, natural talc contains asbestos and could lead to an increase in ovarian cancer for women and lung cancer for men that are exposed to talc fibers.

Heavy-Duty Cleansers with Lye

Heavy-duty cleansers often contain lye. However, it looks like sugar. In one case, a woman in Utah was poisoned and almost died because a restaurant employee confused lye with sugar and mixed it into the woman’s ice tea.

Holding Manufacturers Accountable for Dangerous Household Products

Manufacturers owe you and your loved ones a duty to provide you with safe products. If you or a loved one is injured from a defective household product or unintentionally poisoned, you might have a product liability claim against that company.

Explore your options and see if you are eligible for compensation by calling Udall Shumway, PLC today.


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