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Common Household Products to Avoid

It’s easy to assume that the common household products you buy are safe – after all, they wouldn’t make it to the convenience stores shelves if they were harmful, right? Wrong. Those air fresheners, multipurpose cleansers, detergents and even beauty products are created with toxic chemicals that can be detrimental to your overall health. According to Natural News, many of these products can cause birth defects, reproductive harm and even certain cancers. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development also found that levels of common organic pollutants are two to five times higher inside of homes than outside. These findings alone are shocking and reason enough to think twice before shopping for typical cleansers.

The easiest way to ensure your safety is to take preventative measures. We strongly recommend avoiding the following common household products:

1. Air Fresheners
Clean-air fragrances and other scented fresheners may liven up your living room, but they’re not doing the same for your overall health. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, air fresheners contain hazardous chemicals called phthalates. These chemicals are known to cause reproductive issues, birth defects and hormonal abnormalities when inhaled.

2. Cleaning Solutions
Your common window, kitchen and other multipurpose cleaning solutions don’t just eliminate grime and dirt from your home, they also jeopardize the health of your liver, kidneys and lungs. According to Experience Life, most multipurpose cleaners are made with 2-butoxyethanol, a key ingredient that gives the products their smell. Unfortunately, if inhaled, this chemical can cause a sore throat, narcosis, pulmonary edema and liver and kidney damage. Rebecca Sutton, Ph.D., told the source that even the smallest exposure can be harmful if you’re cleaning in a confined area.

“If you’re cleaning at home in a confined area, like an unventilated bathroom, you can actually end up getting 2-butoxyethanol in the air at levels that are higher than workplace safety standards,” she warned.

You may want to reconsider the chemical products you're using.You may want to reconsider the chemical products you’re using.

3. Cosmetics
Have you ever considered the chemicals in the beauty products you use everyday? According to Dr. Mercola, hair sprays, shampoos, perfumes and deodorants are also high in phthalates, which are used to bind the color and fragrance in these beauty products. Unfortunately, these chemicals are quickly absorbed into your system when applied to the skin and can lead to all of the same issues stated above.

The Solution: Use Natural Products
To reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals, we strongly suggest rummaging through your cupboards and eliminating the products that contain hazardous ingredients. Take a trip to the local health store and replace those products with non-toxic, organic solutions that are free of chemicals, abrasive solvents and volatile organic compounds. Or, you can create your own common cleaning products by using natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and essential oils.

Additionally, you should take precautionary measures, as some of the chemicals may still be in your system. Get rid of those harmful, toxic products and then purify, nourish and re-energize your body.


  1. We difinitely have to be informed to make safe choices.

  2. Connie Gesser July 8, 2017

    I agree that those chemicals and fragrances have a negative effect on our health. I purchased toilet paper last night from the Dollar Store. It has a fragrance smell even though it was covered with plastic wrap. I think it absorbed the chemicals from the products around it when it was in storage or on the delivery truck.

    When I buy the same brand from the grocery store, it doesn’t have a fragrance odor. I’m planing to return it because I don’t want the chemicals to have a negative effect on my health.

  3. Carolyn B, Calhoun August 24, 2017

    Such good advice thank you. We try so hard to clean our homes as best as possible not realizing the potential damage we are doing to ourselves and others. Especially the information about the cosmetics we use. We just don’t think about the possibilities that they are dangerous to our health.

  4. Julie July 2, 2019

    While I appreciate the information in this article, it didn’t offer any practice replacement solutions. I’m sure the writer knows of specific brands that meet the mentioned criteria. What brands of cleaning products and cosmetics does the writer and their family use? Without that information the article feels incomplete. Including that information would not only make the article informative but also helpful. Because… inquiring minds want to know. 😉

  5. Annette Whitworth July 2, 2019

    Thanks for the information on using the different cleaning products. I sure needed all of it, because I love to keep a clean environment around me. So I will keep all this in mind when I go shopping.

  6. Molly Mathew July 2, 2019

    Hi Julie,
    I have not been using any commercial cleaners for several years. White vinegar diluted in tap water is an excellent floor cleaner. I do add a few drops of lemon grass oil for the second cleaning.
    Easy to make dish cleaning soap with lemon/lime rind.
    Moong bean powder to replace bathing soap. Works great.

  7. Angela July 3, 2019

    Great information to have because who doesn’t like a clean home and environment! This can help to do it the safest way for everyone around!

  8. I agree with Julie. I believe we would all like to hear of your ideas of clean, healthy fragrances and cleaning solutions. I know of a few using lemons and such but what are some from the store that are as safe?

  9. I really was surprised to learn that info.about what cleaning products can do to your body .good tips in this article thanks for all of the info.maybe will save some people’s lives cancer is awful for anyone’s family to have so kudos to the writer.thank you.

  10. Jessica Negron April 6, 2021

    I always love my home car and clothes clean im a clean person its almost like ocd

  11. Rebekah Ellerby April 10, 2021

    While I agree that these chemicals may impact our health negatively, a lot of people can’t afford to spend the extra money to buy natural cleaners or cosmetics. I know for me, it would be cost prohibitive and for a lot of people I know

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