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Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

These common products are poisoning you. Here are easy, healthy alternatives.


Vinyl Plastic, aka. PVC

Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

PVC: Not a good look anyway.

We know plastic is not eco-friendly for many reasons, but vinyl is the worst of all plastics. The EU (European Union) and over ten other countries have banned vinyl, which is also known as PVC.

PVC is most commonly found in flooring and toys. The chemicals in PVC have been linked to hormone disruption and eventually contaminate the air — and you!

Chemical Detox Tip:

It may not be practical to rip your PVC floor out, but consider updating and investing in bamboo flooring (bamboo is super sustainable), laminate or faux-hardwood.

If your child (or cat’s) PVC toy happens to go missing, I’m sure you can outsmart them through the purchase of a new (healthier) one!

Make sure your shower curtain isn’t vinyl. If it is, replace it with a non-toxic shower curtain.


Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home


These tips are easy to do and could save you, your pets or your family from some serious health conditions.

Here are more of my favorite products for a healthy home:

Check out the GreenGuard Guide to Manufacturers, EWG, and before you buy products. They’ll tell you if the product you’re about to buy is going to off-gas toxic disease-causing chemicals into your home for years to come.

I know it’s a minefield, and there’s a lot to remember, but remember — it’s your health and your future that’s at stake!

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 171 Comments

  1. Edith Glover

    *sigh* I’m guilty of having a good basketful of these toxic products you said we all should AVOID!

  2. Angie Becker

    Interesting article! Sadly, our sheets, pillows, mattresses and blankets are full of chemicals and flame retardants that can interfere with our health.

  3. Muriel Vargas

    Baking soda has “magic.” It cleans, deodorizes, and scours.

  4. Amy Watson

    Chemical detox of home takes time and patience. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Dianne Copeland

    I inhale and exhale toxic chemicals even in my own home 🙁

  6. Shawna Henry

    Oh no! I’m surrounded by awful synthetic chemicals everyday!!!! BAD!

  7. Melba Harrington

    Such an eye opener! I did not realize how much I’m surrounded by toxins on a daily basis!

  8. Sheri Chapman

    Thanks for this informative article.

  9. Brandy Warner

    Simple ways like keeping my bathroom fan on for 15 minutes after showering help.

    • Lillian Arnold

      Nice one! This reduces condensation, limiting the risk of mold growth.

  10. Margaret Palmer

    If I have new furniture, I let them “off-gas” for one week in the garage before bringing it into the house. Can you imagine that even “carpets” can have VOCs?

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