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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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Your Cleaning Products

The irony is that we use chemicals to achieve cleanliness in our homes. Unfortunately, so many of these products have chemicals that are highly dangerous to humans and pets, possibly causing vomiting (just from inhaling the fumes!), hormone disruption, organ damage, skin rashes, burns and irritation.

Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

Not so fast — that bright blue chemical cocktail you’re spraying everywhere could lead to some serious health issues.

Chemical Detox Tip:

By far the safest, least expensive and most effective cleaners are items you probably already own: you will be surprised how many uses there are for baking soda and white vinegar (they make a great drain cleaner, disinfectant, glass cleaner, etc.) Here’s how.

If you don’t want to learn about natural cleaning methods, then use cleaning products labeled as eco-friendly that contain all natural ingredients (but be careful, because these terms are not regulated, and those products could still be toxic!) It’s easier to find non-toxic cleaning products at your health food store or Whole Foods, and Seventh Generation brand is widely available.

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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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