Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

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


Forget spring cleaning; it’s never too early (or too late!) to detox your home of items containing harmful chemicals. These poisons could potentially be contaminating the air you breathe and food you eat while simultaneously being marketed as safe.

Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

Somewhere on the order of 70,000 different chemicals have been identified as toxic, and yet the FDA has banned only a fraction of a percent of those. Why? Thank the powerful industry lobbyists that make huge donations to dysfunctional American politicians. The bottom line: it’s up to us, as consumers, to educate and protect ourselves!

Don’t let corporations put your health at risk in the name of profit. Fight back by voting with your dollar!

Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

Here is a list of 10 items that you should get rid of; and if the act of throwing things away makes you want to simply give up, I’ve provided healthier alternatives to help you avoid the feeling as though you have just been robbed!

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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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, 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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