In the early 1930s and 1940s, doctors confirmed that asbestos was causing illnesses among factory workers who handled the mineral. Despite that, companies continued to use the material in building household and construction items.

What’s surprising is that asbestos was incorporated in products that helped users cook their food or grow plants in the late 1970s. For more than a decade, the EPA finally banned it. However, the ban was overturned in 1991, making the material legal in limited uses.

Even though the government implements strict regulations on asbestos use, it may still be available in the four corners of your home.

Studies show that different forms of asbestos can cause mesothelioma and asbestosis. After long exposure, patients might suffer from laryngeal, ovarian or lung cancers.

If you find some contaminated items in your home, you are likely to get rid of them yourself. But don’t do it alone. Be sure to rely on a duly licensed professional. Not only can they ensure a quality result, but they can also protect your health. Also, be sure to be aware that household items and personal products such as talc baby powders have been known to cause cancers due to containing asbestos.

Here are some of the objects that may contain asbestos: 

Crack Pots 

Were your mom and grandparents fond of crock pots? It’s possible that the items are packed with asbestos, especially when they were made before the mid-1970s. Manufacturing companies have used asbestos in their crock pots because of their excellent insulation abilities. Not only can it serve as an insulator, but it can also prevent electrical fires. However, it can pose a danger to your health.

Home Appliances 

You’ve possibly relocated to your new home. Perhaps, you’re worried about some items in your kitchen for asbestos contamination. Don’t worry! There are specialists to choose from. After inspecting your kitchen, let them examine other items in your house. Sometimes, your popcorn poppers, ironing board covers or hair dryers might be contaminated. So, a fully-fledged inspection is worth the cost.


In 2015, asbestos was found in two toy crime lab kits and boxes of crayons according to a TV news report. Similar tests conducted in 2000 found the presence of the mineral in crayons. A 2007 test also identified the substance in some toy fingerprint exam kits.

Vermiculite Insulation 

A lightweight mineral resistant to fire, vermiculite can expand about eight to thirty times its actual size upon exposure to high heat. With that, it is utilized in walls, insulated areas, and attics.

From 1919 to 1990, approximately 70% of the vermiculite sold in America. Mined close to Libby, MT, experts found that there was asbestos contamination. For those who have vermiculite insulation in your office or home, seek assistance from an expert.

Potting Soil 

Vermiculite has also been found in potting soil because it’s excellent for seedlings. It absorbs water, retains moisture, and protects seedlings from the harmful fungus.

However, not all vermiculite insulations are free of asbestos contamination. Fortunately, today’s product is safer to employ and asbestos-free.

For the past years, asbestos has been removed from household items. But we cannot deny the fact that there are some unreliable products to avoid. Be careful when making a purchase and depend on a certified professional.