Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

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



Recent tests have shown that roughly half of the tap water across America is contaminated with lead. But it doesn’t have to have lead in it to still be bad for you. The government adds several harmful chemicals to tap water to sterilize it …and simply because the politicians are in the pockets of the chemical industry. Take fluoride, for example. It’s been proven to have no effect on teeth or gum health, and despite the fact that it causes brain damage and isn’t added to the water in Europe, it’s still in the water in America. Here’s more about all the nasty ways that fluoride messes with your health. #corruption

Think you’re safer with bottled water? Consumers of bottled water unknowingly continue to purchase water by the case to avoid common contaminants in drinking water. The problem is that the contaminants in their tap are the same contaminants found in bottled water, PLUS added chemicals that seep out of the plastic (whether it gets warm or not). Most bottled water is tap water, it’s just bottled! Let’s not even get started on the amount of waste that is generated from the packaging.

Chemical Detox Tips: 10 Toxic Products in Your Home

Chemicals seep out of plastic whether it’s warm or cold. No plastic is safe!

Chemical Detox Tip:

Get a water filter that has had third-party testing and doesn’t use plastic. The best above-counter one we could find was the Berkey System (make sure to buy the fluoride filters with it). Reusable stainless steel or glass bottles are also a great idea.

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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. Avatar of Edith Glover

    Edith Glover

    *sigh* I’m guilty of having a good basketful of these toxic products you said we all should AVOID!

  2. Avatar of Angie Becker

    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. Avatar of Muriel Vargas

    Muriel Vargas

    Baking soda has “magic.” It cleans, deodorizes, and scours.

  4. Avatar of Amy Watson

    Amy Watson

    Chemical detox of home takes time and patience. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Avatar of Dianne Copeland

    Dianne Copeland

    I inhale and exhale toxic chemicals even in my own home 🙁

  6. Avatar of Shawna Henry

    Shawna Henry

    Oh no! I’m surrounded by awful synthetic chemicals everyday!!!! BAD!

  7. Avatar of Melba Harrington

    Melba Harrington

    Such an eye opener! I did not realize how much I’m surrounded by toxins on a daily basis!

  8. Avatar of Sheri Chapman

    Sheri Chapman

    Thanks for this informative article.

  9. Avatar of Brandy Warner

    Brandy Warner

    Simple ways like keeping my bathroom fan on for 15 minutes after showering help.

    • Avatar of Lillian Arnold

      Lillian Arnold

      Nice one! This reduces condensation, limiting the risk of mold growth.

  10. Avatar of Margaret Palmer

    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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