8 Ways to Detox Your Home

We are exposed to more synthetic chemicals in our food, air and water than ever before. While many people avoid chemicals in their food, the sad fact remains that most people aren’t aware of the nasty toxins they may inadvertently invite into their homes.

While there are countless ways to give your home a detox, here are 8 of the best ways to eliminate excess toxins from your home:

Skip the So-called “Air Fresheners”

Don’t be duped by commercials claiming that you may be suffering from “nose blindness,” declaring that you need to spray air fresheners to eliminate odors in your home. Does nose-blindness actually sound right to the advertisers, or anyone for that matter? Whether they come in ozone-depleting aerosol cans, plug-in, candle or spray bottle forms, the vast majority have been found to contain dangerous phthalates. These nasty chemicals are linked to abnormally-developed male genitalia, poor semen quality, low testosterone levels and other reproductive issues.

And, if that isn’t bad enough, they typically contain lighter fluid, acetone (the same ingredient that makes up nail polish remover), liquefied petroleum gas and a dizzying array of other toxic ingredients that increase the risk of breathing disorders.

Reduce the Amount of Plastic You Use

Just because you may have switched to BPA-Free (Bisphenol-A) plastic doesn’t mean you are safe from the damage plastics can cause. Many manufacturers removed BPA from their plastics, replacing the toxic ingredient with equally damaging compounds known as EAs, which is short for estrogen activity. These synthetic chemicals pose a threat to human health, and to children in particular, increasing aggression, damaging the immune system and wreaking havoc on hormones. Switch to stainless steel or glass water bottles, food storage containers or other household items.

Stop Heating Food in Plastic Containers in a Microwave Oven

The heat increases the leaching of the toxic ingredients into the food stored in them. In research published in the journal Environmental Health, both BPA-free plastic and BPA-containing plastic were found to have estrogen activity, which means that they can throw off the delicate hormonal balance when they leech into our food or water.

Make the Laundry Switch

Most commercially-available laundry detergents and fabric softeners are loaded with harmful, and even cancer-causing, ingredients. While it may be tempting to assume that the amounts used were approved by the government as safe, the vast majority of ingredients used in laundry products were never tested for safety prior to their being allowed for use in consumer products.

Here’s a sampling of the chemicals in most laundry products: alpha-terpineol (linked to disorders of the brain and nervous system, loss of muscle control, depression and headaches), Benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer) and pentane (linked to headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness and depression).

Related: How to Make Your Own Fabric Softener and Laundry Soap

Stop Cooking with Teflon-coated Cookware

Teflon, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA, has been linked to cancer, birth defects and heart disease. DuPont, the makers of this nasty carcinogen, declared in an interview with the Washington Post over a decade ago, that: “processes will be developed to ensure that perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) would not be released into the environment from finished products or manufacturing plants.” However, more and more research shows that we’re paying a high price for this non-stick cookware—it’s showing up in tissue samples from most humans along with the drinking water of over 6.5 million Americans. Some samples ranged between 5 and 175 times the level considered safe by new research. Simply choose Teflon-free cookware options, including many that seem to be much safer non-stick choices.

Start Filtering Your Drinking Water

Our tap water now contains a myriad of toxic ingredients, including: lead, chlorine, fluoride and even sometimes prescription medications and hormones. As you learned above, 6.5 million Americans now drink water with Teflon. Choose the best quality water filter you can afford. If that’s a simple pitcher model, it is likely better than nothing at all (assuming you choose one that isn’t loaded with all sorts of chemical ingredients).

Add a Water Filter to Your Showerhead

While you’re picking up a water filter, be sure to add one to your shower head. There are many affordable options that simply attach to a standard showerhead. Most of our water now contains chlorine, which we breathe in and absorb through our skin in the shower; however, most showerhead filters remove chlorine.

Choose Sustainable and Healthier Flooring Options

Carpets contain a whole host of toxic ingredients including the carcinogen formaldehyde. Vinyl plank flooring and linoleum can off-gas chemicals for years after they are installed. Choose wood, tile, bamboo, cork or another type of healthy flooring option when you are renovating or building your home.

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Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM is the publisher of the free e-news World’s Healthiest News, president of PureFood BC, and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds: The 4-Week Plan for a Sharper Mind, Better Memory, and Healthier Brain.


Marianne R
Marianne R11 hours ago

Thank you!

Sue L
Sue L14 hours ago

While these are probably good things to do, I am not going to worry about every single thing that could be bad for me.

Julia S
Julia Syesterday

Thank you!

Brad H
Brad H2 days ago


Patricia D
Patricia D2 days ago

Have been drinking filtered water for years and I stopped heating
plastic containers in the microwave when one melted in it.

Richard E Cooley

Thank you.

Sandra V
Sandra V3 days ago


Kathy G
Kathy G4 days ago

Thank you

Summerannie M
Summerannie M4 days ago

Thank you

Debbie F
Debbie F4 days ago

Thank you! You should also discuss the toxins in carpets and upholstery.