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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 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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