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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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Fragrances

Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

Don’t let your fragrances give you breast cancer.

Getting rid of fragrance products may be a large feat for some, but it’s totally worth the benefits!

Fragrance products are probably the most prevalent toxin in your home, including perfume, dryer sheets, candles, hairspray, lotion, sunscreen, powder, air freshener, candles, disinfectant, and the like.

Chemicals in these products can cause an array of increased health risks such as breast cancer and asthma because they are carcinogens and disruptors of the body’s endocrine and reproductive systems.

“A rose may be a rose,” reports EWG. “But that rose-like fragrance in your perfume may be something else entirely, concocted from any number of the fragrance industry’s 3,100 stock chemical ingredients, the blend of which is almost always kept hidden from the consumer.”

Chemical Detox Tip:

Purchase unscented products when possible. Use 100% Organic Essential Oils in a diffuser/vaporizer to add fragrance to your home.

Avoid perfume, but if you must wear perfume, spray a minimal amount of it onto your clothing, not your skin, and try not to breathe it in. Or, better yet, but one that’s natural and uses essential oils, like this one from Pacifica.

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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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