These Toxic Colors Can KILL You
Everybody has their favorite color that they gravitate toward, but would your favorite color nearly kill you if you got too close to it in real life? Historically, the dyes used to make different household items and beauty products haven’t always been as safe as they are today. These toxic colors can kill you!
Check out this video to find out the deadliest colors throughout history.
In the late 1800s, this element was considered restorative and helpful. Radium gives a luminescent green glow that draws people in. Because of its “benefits,” it was used in everyday products such as medication and food.
Its unique color made it a favorite for jewelers to use in their designs. Radium was also in cosmetics because of its vibrant color.
However, this alkaline metal is radioactive. Continuous exposure to radium can cause cancer and have disastrous effects on other parts of the body.
Lead was a long-time favorite for white pigment. The problem is the human body quickly absorbs that lead.
Lead wreaks havoc on the body once it enters the nervous system. Despite the harmful effects, lead was standard in many cultures as a white pigment until the 19th century.
Two synthetic green pigments have caused unspeakable damage throughout human history- Scheele’s Green and Paris Green. They both give off a vibrant hue with deadly consequences.
These pigments contained cupric hydrogen arsenic. The arsenic interrupts proper cell communication and majorly damages the body.
The arsenic-ridden pigment was in everyday items such as fabrics, clothing, and wallpaper. Many died of accidental poisoning after placing the green pigment throughout their home.
The glazes used for early 20th-century ceramic cookware contained the radioactive element uranium oxide. The warm-toned pigment of this element was highly appealing to consumers despite the risk of cancer development.
Any surviving ceramics from this era still register as radioactive today. It’s risky to use any of these ceramics as dinnerware. Sellers warn buyers against personal usage of these dangerous items.
When it comes to toxic colors, uranium oxide is perhaps the most accessible today because of vintage shopping.
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