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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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Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

Toxic for years to come…

Paint

Nothing freshens and brightens a space like a fresh coat of paint; until you realize that your oil-base paint contains hundreds of chemicals and carcinogens! Oil-based paints are the worst, but even water-based paints have these nasty things called VOC’s that go into the air and into your lungs, causing cancer. Think you can just wear a mask while painting? Not so. These chemicals have been proven to release continuously over many years.

Chemical Detox Tip:

Don’t be discouraged and refrain from painting; in fact, this is all the more reason to cover up your old VOC-laden walls with some new non-VOC paint. Simply opt for water-based finishes that are labeled VOC-free. The bonus? You can kiss that nasty paint-smell goodbye, because VOC-free paints don’t have any scent.

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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: http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/flames/index.html
    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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