The Hidden Danger Lurking in Your Shower Curtain

October 25, 2010

You would love to remodel your bathroom a little and you have been eyeing up those great shower glass doors for months now. They seem to make a bathroom look so much more spacious, add cleaner lines to the whole room, just give the room a sense of elegance that a shower curtain, however fancy, never could.

Trouble is you are having a problem justifying the initial expense of installing shower glass doors when you know that you can keep picking up a new vinyl shower curtain every few months from your local home store for under $20.

A recent report though may be the push (and the justification) you need to finally get those glass shower doors you want and get rid of vinyl shower curtains for good. The report , which was compiled by the Center for Health, Environment & Justice in the U.S. and the Environmental Defense and the Canadian Environmental Law Association in Canada was released to alert consumers to the hidden dangers of using vinyl shower curtains in their bathrooms.

The average vinyl shower curtain, the reports says, emits over 100 different toxic VOCs into the air for up to a month after it is hung new from the packet. You have probably smelt those chemicals yourself, it’s that “new shower curtain smell” that always hits you in the face when you first open the packaging. Its not so nice but you probably never realized it could hurt you.

That smell the report says is a toxic soup of phthalates, organotins, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene, methyl isobutyl ketone and a bunch of other rather nasty chemicals. These can cause headaches and nausea and even more worryingly permanent damage to the central nervous system.

If you are like most homeowners you replace your vinyl shower curtains at least a couple of times a year because they simply get rather grimy rather quickly. They also rip and tear fairly easily, especially if there are kids in the house. Now you know that every time you do that you are introducing even more of those nasties into your home.

So go ahead, get those shower glass doors you have been lusting over for so long. They are far less expensive than you might imagine and the fact that you will be doing everyone in the house a favor by cutting down on their exposure to dangerous chemicals is more than enough to justify the investment.

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