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There are numerous harmful chemicals or toxins you may not know are in your house. Look at these chemical hotspots and see if you can detox your house of these harmful household items.

Synthetic Pesticides:

Weed and bug killers can be dangerous inside and outside of your home. Instead, use natural critter repellents like peppermint essential oil and non-toxic weed killers that aren’t dangerous for pets or run-off water.

Antibacterial Soaps:

The antimicrobial chemical in soaps, triclosan, is known to disrupt thyroid function and hormone levels. Get rid of soaps with this harmful chemical. Hot water and traditional soap should do the job.

Synthetic Fragrances:

Smell-good products likely fill your home, but you may not know that they contain numerous dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to you and your family’s breathing. Instead use unscented products wherever possible.

Non-stick Cookware:

Most non-stick pans use perfluoroalkyl acid, which has been linked to ADHD, high cholesterol and thyroid disease, as well as infertility. If your non-stick cookware has a scratch, throw it out and replace it with cast iron or glassware.

Vinyl:

Related to hormone disruption, stunted growth and obesity, vinyl is known as the “poison plastic.” Replace your floors  with wood or bamboo when it’s time to remodel and avoid plastic shower-curtain liners or fake leather furniture.

Flame-Retardant Flooring:

Lame-retardant carpets and carpet padding can still catch fire, and when they do they release more carbon monoxide and soot than other materials. Call the manufacturers before buying carpet or electronics and make sure harmful flame-retardant chemicals aren’t involved in the production.

BPAs:

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to a number of diseases. Largely found in canned food and plastic bottles, opt for frozen foods and keep microwaveable food in glass containers instead.

VOCs:

VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are known as indoor air pollutants that could be toxins living in your kitchen, basement, and especially laundry room. Look for unscented detergents and no-VOC plants to use in your home.

Perchloroethylene:

This chemical is used by many dry cleaners. Although it’s being phased out by the EPA, try to find solutions to “dry clean only” clothes at home, or air out your dry-cleaned clothes before donning them.

Lead:

If your home was built before 1978, you may be in danger of having lead paint in your home. Just painting over it is a temporary fix. If your paint is peeling or cracking, call a professional to remove the paint and make sure the harmful toxins are out of your home.