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Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

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



Candles can be super-toxic because by far the most common waxes used are petroleum-based (since it’s a by-product of the oil industry, it’s cheap) which releases the same toxins as diesel fuel into the air, including multiple documented carcinogens. It’s basically like running your car and breathing the exhaust indoors.

On top of that, the dyes and fragrances are usually made using cheap, toxic chemicals that you breathe in when you burn it, and the wicks are sometimes made using lead (yup, lead!)

Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

Ditch toxic petroleum and lead candles in favor of 100% vegetable wax versions.

Chemical Detox Tip:

Stop using candles that are scented with chemical fragrances and buy candles that are 100% vegetable wax (like soy wax) and scented using essential oils, and have cotton wicks. Make sure that the candles say 100% soy, as many manufacturers say that their candles are soy or “soy blend” when they’re only 5% soy. #sneaky!

To test if your wick is lead, take a piece of notebook paper and rub it at the top of the unburned wick (cut the wick if you’ve already burned it). If it makes a mark resembling that of a graphite pencil, it’s likely has lead. And if it makes black smoke, it’s toxic. Non-toxic candles produce white smoke.

Candles are also easy to make yourself, and then you can scent them however you like, and put them in containers that perfectly match your home. Here is a great DIY candle tutorial.

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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: 105 Comments

  1. Benjamin Goodman

    The number of toxins that we actually come into contact with on a daily basis is frightening.

  2. steev smith

    I have heard I indoor plants are good for purifying the air. Any recommendation, please?

    • Joss Butler

      Yes!! indoor green plants are great detoxifiers. The soil bacteria helps to reduce the volatile organic compounds in the air.

  3. Jonathon Swift

    OMG!! This is just too much how will I make these 10 changes.

    • If these changes are a bit overwhelming, why not start with one and go from there?

  4. That was a lot to keep an eye on. I mean like we use so many things daily and we don’t even know that they are harmful. If this is the case then I think that everybody will have to spend hours in the supermarket looking for the ingredients in the products.

    • Martin Juice

      Yes!! we probably have to spend hours after reading this and that’s not much to do. like common we can do that much for ours and our family’s better health.

  5. After reading this article I cant ignore the toxic environment. I will have to be proactive in detoxing my home.

  6. Hi!! I’m a new reader thanks urbanette. I enjoyed reading this post on ways to detox the home. Unfortunately, I am guilty of having a good basketful of toxic products that we should avoid. It disturbed me in a good way. I also tend to get a little anxious so I was a bit overwhelmed, but after reading this, it encouraged me to continue getting rid of the toxic garbage so I can live a healthier life. Especially if I plan to have children.

  7. abigael fisher

    Unfortunately, there are seemingly harmless things all over your home that have the potential to be seriously dangerous.

  8. Kimberly Shaw

    You should re-title the article to: “Chances are you have most of these commonplace items in your home, but did you know that they could kill you if you’re stupid enough?”

  9. Sasha Smith

    If you’re afraid of death, this post probably isn’t for you. As it turns out, your house is full of objects that could kill you. You probably use them every day, but having them in your house means that you’re regularly courting death. I actually have these all in our house, I wonder when is my time?

  10. Zerin Martin

    I invest in safe mattresses! I’ve been doing research on flame retardants for over a year now… Bought several mattresses and couches… Returned several… Did MORE research! What a rough (and expensive) experiment…

    I suggest those who want to learn more about flame retardants go to:
    Or go to the NYT and search for flame retardants
    Go to the Chicago Tribune and search for flame retardants – see the exposé

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