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Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

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

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Anti-bacterial Products

Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

Use natural soap with no chemical ingredients.

The antimicrobial chemical triclosan is found in antibacterial products (soap, deodorant, toothpaste, and mouth rinses). The chemical is believed to affect hormone levels and thyroid function, in addition to harming the immune system.

On top of all that, antibacterial products have now created a new breed of super-bacteria on our bodies that is resistant to triclosan and antibiotics. Scary.

Chemical Detox Tip:

Use good old-fashioned soap and water! Studies show that the same percentage of germs is killed in comparison to using antibacterial soap.

If you are a fan of hand-sanitizer, use one that is natural and alcohol-based and does not list the chemical Triclosan on its label.

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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 in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. 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 brands 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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