9 Toxins to Remove from your Life

Did you know that everyday items in our homes are full of toxins? Here are 9 toxins to remove from your life – and advice on how to make the switches!

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Written by Rachel, Contributing Writer

With my husband being a doctor, I have learned and am constantly learning new information about things in our everyday life that are dangerous to our health and are making our bodies toxic.

Although you might not know it, there are environmental, household, food and life factors that play a role in how toxic you are. From the moment of conception to your current age, you have been around “stuff” that has gotten into your body (and even your mind) and could possibly causing you to suffer from health problems. Sometimes it’s easy to make statements like “A little won’t hurt me!” or “Everything’s going to kill us some how so what’s the big deal?” However, God gave us wisdom to make the right decisions for our family.

“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19

I am almost certain God planned for us to choose to live a healthy life! In the modern age of convenience, it’s true, we simply can not avoid everything, however, there are steps we can take to help our children and family lessen our toxicity in our bodies and live a healthier life.

If you take one step at a time you won’t get overwhelmed! As you read about these toxins to remove from your life, I encourage you to think about some baby-steps that you may want to take and to dig deeper and research to find out the “why” for yourself. When you find the why for choices you and your family make, you can help teach others.


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1. Household Cleaners

Everyday cleaners found on the shelves of grocery stores are full of petrochemicals that are hazardous to our health. When you clean with them, they get into the air and are sucked into the air vents which keep releasing the toxic fumes out.

Take a spray cleaner for your kitchen counters for example, every time you clean, not only do the chemicals get released into the air but also leave a residue on the table (even though you wiped it up) where food is prepared and then eaten.

2. Water

Do you really know what you are drinking or cooking with when you use tap water?

Tap water has been treated with Chlorine, Fluoride and over 300+ other chemicals so it’s no surprise that this water can cause an assortment of health problems including: bone disease,  thyroid function, reproductive function, and immune system function and the chemicals are hormone disruptor’s according to the EPA. The Environmental Protection Agency also discloses that Lead in tap drinking water is linked to learning disorders in children and hypertension in adults.

  • Alternatives: Buy reverse osmosis water at your local grocery or health food store. You can also install a reverse osmosis filter in your house. These can range in price from less than $1,000 to over $10,000. Baby-steps to take are to buy a shower and kitchen sink filter… start there!

3. Mold

Believe it or not, thousands of people each year suffer from mold toxicity annually in the United States. Most importantly, the majority of these people don’t even know that they are sick from mold. They often suffer from alternating bouts of fatigue, asthma, allergies, itchy eyes, skin irritation and headaches. The symptoms do not always come up simultaneously so one might think “I haven’t been to lucky with health this year” when the truth is….they have MOLD in their home or even school.

  • Alternatives: No alternatives to mold here. A few ways to clean mold are to use apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil. The best way is to just throw out whatever has mold, and if it’s in the wall; you’ll have to knock it down and re-build.


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4. Pesticides

Pesticides are spayed to remove or kill lurking pests, so it is obvious they are toxic and can have harmful reactions in our bodies. There are a number of effects pesticides can have on your body including: reproductive disruptions, they are carcinogenic which means they are cancer causing, and the are immuno suppressive, among other problems.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has listed the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables that can be bought either conventional or organic. To print out a copy of the list, click here. This list is a great way to start removing these toxins. Pesticides are also sprayed by your city or county to control mosquitoes so be aware of the days (or nights) that they will spraying.

  • Alternatives: Always take your shoes off when you come into your home so you don’t spread poison to your carpet and floors. Try your best to buy organic. If you are on a smaller budget, at least make sure you buy the Clean 15, that’s what we do! (And whatever you buy, wash it well!)

5. Food

There is a huge attack on food makers to increase quality in our world today. Great stores like Whole Foods, Earth Fare and other larger companies are becoming more common because the demand for quality chemical free food is on the rise.

We often tend to skip over ingredients because it sounds healthy but a lot of the time, that is all it is: a healthy word or sound. Just because it says blueberry muffins, doesn’t even mean it has blueberries. Look for: hydrogenated oils, words with numbers like Polysorbate 8O, MSG, aspartame, sucralose, hydrolyzed yeast extract and Red 40.

  • Alternatives: Read labels. That doesn’t mean check the salt and fat content. What are the ingredients? Always shop in the horseshoe: Try to avoid going down middle aisles at the grocery, that is where the pre-packaged junk resides. Eat vegetables and fruits as much as you can. Also, be aware of hormones and antibiotics in your meats.

6. Plastics

After years of dominating our cabinets, we have come to realize that storing in plastics can truly cause health problems including hormonal changes in male children and diabetes. Simply do not buy plastics with number  3, 6 or 7.  Numbers 1, 2, 4 and 5 are better.

I’m sure you’ve heard of BPA or bis-phenol-A.The EWG states “Trace BPA exposure has been shown to disrupt the endocrine system and trigger a wide variety of disorders, including chromosomal and reproductive system abnormalities, impaired brain and neurological functions, cancer, cardiovascular system damage, adult-onset diabetes, early puberty, obesity and resistance to chemotherapy.” So we need to be mindful and cautious about using plastics, especially since everything comes packages in plastic.

  • Alternatives: Glass. Glass storage containers are making a comeback. Minimalization is key here. We have come too far that we can not avoid plastic. You can minimize exposure by spending $50 on glass containers at a Walmart. NEVER put plastic in the microwave! The bad chemicals  are release when heated and go directly into the food you eat. Stainless steel containers for water instead of plastic water bottles is also a good change.


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7. Cookware

People love non-stick pots and pans, they’re easy to cook with, especially clean, but cookware like Aluminum pans and Teflon contain perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA.) which can lead to infertility, cause cancer and other health issues. PFOA is a dangerous chemical that releases toxins once heated so you want to avoid non-stick cookware!

  1. Alternatives: Stainless Steel, Ceramic, Cast Iron, Stoneware and Glass.

8. Air Fresheners and Candles

Have you ever wondered what exactly makes the smelly candle smell? I love the smell of candles, especially the Yankee candles at Cracker Barrel restaurants. The problem with these is that gingerbread lemon candle or the holiday spice isn’t really ginger, lemon and cinnamon but are dangerous benzene chemicals that have serious side effect, including death.

Think about this, most of the people you know either use a car air freshener, febreze, smelly soaps, shampoos and other fragrant items that actually contain harmful chemicals. How many people do you know with headaches, sinus problems or digestive issues? What if they removed the benzenes from their life? Just sayin’.

Fragrance is listed by ewg.org’s skin deep website as to cause skin infections, respiratory problems and reproductive issues.

  • Alternatives: Essential oils and soy-based candles are becoming more popular because of the demand for chemical-free daily use products. I happened to find an inexpensive candle at Target last week! (and I didn’t get a headache when I burned the candle!)

9. Skincare Products

Most of your soaps, shampoos and toothpastes and even make up contain sodium laurel sulfates (SLS). It is a surfactant which means it is used to break down and clean slippery grease havens like pavement and car parts. Yes, the same harsh chemical used in industrial cleaning is being used in your mouth, armpits and hair. No wonder you get so fresh and clean!

All joking aside, you need to be aware of what you are putting on your skin, it’s living organ that soaks up everything you put on it.

  • Alternatives: Nowadays, the market is bursting with tons of new products that are safer than your average choices. There are brands like Jason’s, Avalon Organics and other brands that are developing products that don’t contain toxic chemicals. If you are really brave, you could make your own shampoo, toothpaste or other skincare products. To check the toxicity of skincare products in your household, use this database.

These are just some of the toxins found in our everyday lives. My husband and I also avoid other toxins such as amalgam fillings, vaccines and medications that can be toxic in our bodies. Although, at times medical emergencies happen and we are thankful for care.

We believe that our bodies have a unique ability to heal themselves and believe that is how God intended us to be. If we take the right steps to have a peaceful mind and relationship with Christ, to eat a balanced diet, to maintain a healthy nervous system which effects your immune system, to exercise weekly, and to remove these toxins, we will be on the right track in living an abundant life!

Choose Life, a Healthy Life!

“I came that they might have life, and that they might have life more abundantly” John 10:10

Did you know that everyday items in our homes are full of toxins? Here are 9 toxins to remove from your life – and advice on how to make the switches!

In which areas have you been working to remove toxins from your life? Which areas do you still want to address?

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About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to 3 kids and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family and health. She supports her husband in helping to change the way people look at their health and uses her blog as a tool to do that, her husband also has a feature on her blog called "Ask Dr. Jake", he would be happy to answer any of your health related questions or at least direct your path to some better options. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family and more at day2day joys or on Facebook. Also, if you subscribe to her blog via email you will get Spring into Summer Smoothie E-book for free.

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  1. Tania Harris says:

    Liked and believed everything you said till I got to the part about vaccines, so you would rather a 6 week old baby die of whooping cough, how selfish of you, we don`t have polio and lots of other diseases since vaccines have started, and anyone who say`s other wise are kidding them selves. It makes me question every thing you have put on here.

  2. Hi Rachel!
    Thank you so much for this awesome post! I learned so much and have already thrown out all my plastic tuberware, ordered glass replacements, and thrown out all my son’s sippy cups with number 3, 6, or 7 on them. However, I was wondering if there was a specific line or lines of kids cups and plates that you recommend? I have a 2 1/2 year old who still likes to drink out of something with some sort of top on it.
    Thank you so much!

    • Sarah, so glad you enjoyed this post as well as learned some things! Once we made a switch our kiddos still needed to have sippy cups too, so what we used were stainless steel cups with lids. You can find them online or even at Walmart’s. Sometimes they have kids size stainless steel water bottles at Old Navy and we love those! Thank you so much for your comment!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    You make some good points but including water on the list is a very big mistake. I don’t even know where to begin…I hope your readers have enough sense to take the wheat from this article and leave the chaff. We are lucky beyond belief to have access to potable water from our taps in most of North America. Before anyone spends money on reverse osmosis water (or filters or bottled water or whatever) in N. America, I would hope that you would give money for a well in rural Africa where people are dying from water borne illness. So crazy – this hyper awareness of every tiny nuance of our own wellness while others made in the image of God are dying of easily preventable disease.

  4. As it relates to BPA people may not know that BPA or Bis-phenol-A is still contained in all canned goods. The BPA is located in the sealing process i believe so when you open the can it gets contaminated into the food inside. Yes pop cans are included in that. I was surprised to find this out myself. Obviously its near impossible to cut all canned goods from your shopping list but use wisely would be my best suggestion. Use fresh organic whenever possible or frozen. Frozen produce (organic is better then regular whenever possible) is fresher as its harvested and flash frozen within hours of picking.

  5. Thank you for this wonderful post, which I sent to my Facebook page immediately. So many people are not aware of the things in our environment that make us unhealthy. I am putting a number of your suggestions into practice already but your article is a reminder to make better choices in other areas.

    • It isn’t the water that is killing us. It is the CHEMICALS the govt puts in it. I use a filter. Why on earth would I KNOWINGLY give my kids a drink of water filled with chemicals??? I also use a filter that makes my water Alkaline. An alkaline body is a cancer free body. We are mostly made of water. I want to be made of clean water, not cancer causing chemical water. More good info on my Facebook page “Chemically Cautious”

  6. Pyrex makes a wonderful line of glass containers with plastic lids. I refuse to microwave anything in plastic, and these Pyrex glass containers are a great alternative. They are super-handy for my husband’s lunch, they freeze well, they clean perfectly, and are nearly indestructible. Anchor makes a line too… often cheaper, esp at Cdn Tire. I even bake cornbread in my Pyrex glass round containers.

  7. Priscilla W says:

    http://momsaware.org/ which is How to Live Healthy in a Toxic World, from that site, I used a recipe for a heavy duty scrubber that is a nontoxic bathtub cleaner, did a little scrubbing & now my tub is white again!

  8. Haley- I bet that is the Lord’s way of protecting you! I don’t have any homemade deodorant recipes yet, but I bet you can find one on Google or from maybe one of the other contributing writers blogs. I think refrigerators filters do remove some things but they don’at last forever, depending on your manufacturer you may need to replace the filter every year. Congrats your your little bundle coming soon!

    Krista- This post didn’t discuss vaccines, but thank you for your view point! We are all blessed that we can all have different opinions on things!

    Mary- Essential oils are so useful for many reasons! Thank you for sharing info about Living clay, I haven’t heard of it, I will have to look into that!

    Michelle- Making my own shampoo isn’t really for me, I’ve come to realize I just CAN’T make everything homemade! Plus, the homemade kind makes my hair oily. I hope you like the alternative brands! Let me know how it turns out!

  9. Thanks for all the great information! I’m currently working on using gentler shampoos and even wrote this week about some shampoo alternatives I’ve tried. The homemade shampoos are definitely not for me, but I’ve heard Jason’s is very good and am going to try that!

  10. Excellent post!! We have been working hard to remove toxins in our home. I recently resumed using essential oils and diffusing them in our home and using them for the health benefits. Now, using scented candles make me sick! I use the essential oils as room freshners and mix with vinegar to make cleaners. I also use one from our company called Thieves that is made into a household cleaner and you can use it for EVERYTHING! Plus, it kills cold and flu germs.

    For the water purification, we have started using Living Clay. We drop some in our water and the toxins settle on the bottom. We also use it to for health benefits, skin care, brush our teeth, bathe in it to remove toxins, and more. A cheap product for so many benefits! Thanks for the great checklist to see how well we are removing toxins from our home!


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