Toxic Materials in Your Home to Remove Right Now — Eat This Not That

By Ghuman


If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think much about the toxic materials in your home. But the truth is, there are many common household items that contain potentially hazardous chemicals and toxins that can be harmful to your health. From cleaning products to furniture, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and take steps to reduce your exposure. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common toxic materials in your home and how to remove them right now. We’ll also provide some tips on how to make your home a healthier and safer place to live. So, let’s get started!

Toxic Materials in Your Home to Remove Right Now — Eat This Not That

We all want to keep our homes safe and healthy, but sometimes it can be hard to know what materials are actually toxic. From cleaning products to furniture, there are a lot of items in our homes that can be hazardous to our health. Here are some of the most common toxic materials in your home that you should remove right now.

Cleaning Products

Many of the cleaning products we use in our homes contain harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to our health. Look for products that are labeled as “non-toxic” or “eco-friendly” and avoid those that contain chlorine, ammonia, and other harsh chemicals. If you’re not sure what’s in a product, check the label or look it up online.


Paint can contain a variety of toxic chemicals, including lead, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If you’re painting a room in your home, make sure to use a low-VOC paint and wear a mask to protect yourself from the fumes. If you’re not sure what kind of paint to use, ask your local hardware store for advice.


Many pieces of furniture are made with formaldehyde-based glues and other toxic materials. Look for furniture made with natural materials, such as wood, cotton, and wool, and avoid those made with synthetic materials. If you’re not sure what kind of materials are used in a piece of furniture, ask the manufacturer.


Carpet can contain a variety of toxic chemicals, including formaldehyde, flame retardants, and VOCs. Look for carpets made with natural materials, such as wool or cotton, and avoid those made with synthetic materials. If you’re not sure what kind of materials are used in a carpet, ask the manufacturer.


Many plastics contain chemicals that can be hazardous to our health. Look for plastics labeled as “BPA-free” or “phthalate-free” and avoid those that are not labeled. If you’re not sure what kind of plastic an item is made of, check the label or look it up online.


Keeping your home free of toxic materials is essential for your health and the health of your family. By removing these items from your home, you can help ensure that your home is a safe and healthy place to live.

Our home should feel like a safe space where we can relax and be comfortable, but unbeknownst to some, toxins are actually lurking around creating an unhealthy environment. Getting rid of harmful materials and detoxing your house of dangerous items is always recommended and Eat This, Not That! Health spoke with experts who share products to eliminate immediately and why. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.

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Kelly Johnson-Arbor, MD, FACEP, FUHM, FACMT Medical Toxicologist and Co-Medical Director at the National Capital Poison Center tells us, “Button batteries power our car key fobs, remote controls, watches, and so much more. These days, it’s hard to find a home that doesn’t use button batteries, since so many of us are dependent on our small electronic devices. Button batteries can be dangerous if swallowed, because the batteries contain an electrical current that contributes to tissue damage and burns. Children younger than 6 years of age are most likely to experience significant harm after swallowing button batteries, and in some cases the tissue damage can be fatal. If you can’t get button batteries out of your home because you need them to power your devices, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of unintentional injuries related to button battery ingestion. Only buy batteries that you really need (many button batteries are sold in single packages), don’t change them in front of children, and remember that even dead batteries carry some electrical current, so dispose of all button batteries in places where children cannot easily get to them (don’t leave them out on the counter, for example).”

vaping girl

Dr. Johnson-Arbor says, “Many people are using these as an alternative to traditional cannabis, and these products are easily available for purchase online and at tobacco shops and gas stations across the United States. Data on the safety of delta-8 THC is limited, although some studies indicate that delta-8 THC is less potent than traditional delta-9 THC. Products that contain delta-8 THC (as well as its chemical cousins delta-10 THC and HHC) are often sold in colorful packaging that is extremely attractive to children, adolescents, and young adults. Because these products are not highly regulated, the contents of the package may not match what is on the product label, and people may develop unwanted or unexpected symptoms after using these products. Even if the product contains a QR code that links to a laboratory verification of the product’s potency, that may not be reflective of the exact product you are purchasing. Buyer beware!!

Dr. Johnson-Arbor adds, “If people develop adverse, unwanted, or unexpected symptoms after exposure to button batteries or delta-8 THC products, they should contact poison control for expert and non-judgmental advice. There are two ways to contact poison control in the United States: online at or by phone at 1-800-222-1222. Both options are free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day.”

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Beatrice Flores, a cleaning expert at Living Pristine explains, “Mothballs are a popular item that many people use in their homes. While they may keep your clothes free of moths and insects, they also contain dangerous chemicals that can cause breathing issues and are linked to cancer. It is recommended that you find other ways to keep your clothes free of moths and insects, such as using cedar blocks or a cedar chest.”

Exhausted young tattooed business woman keeping eyes closed, touching head and suffering from the headache while sitting at her working place in the modern office

Flores says, “Potpourri is a mixture of dried flowers, leaves, and spices that are used to make a fragrance. While it may smell nice, potpourri can be harmful to your health. The chemicals in potpourri can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and headaches. In addition, potpourri can also be a fire hazard. If you have potpourri in your home, it’s best to remove it and find a safer way to enjoy the scent of flowers and spices.”

butter on pan

Attorney Collen Clark who specializes in product liability, toxic torts, and toxic exposure with Schmidt & Clark shares, “This type of cookware contains a coating called polytetrafluorethylene or PTFE that helps create its non-stick surface. When pans are overheated, the PTFE coating begins to disintegrate. At 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the substance will start emitting fluorocarbons. With frequent exposure to chemical fumes, your family may be at risk of polymer fume fever, which is a relatively rare disease characterized by weakness, shortness of breath, and high fever.

In 2017, DuPont settled over 3,550 lawsuits for $671 million for a toxic chemical leaking from their products, known as PFOA. While PFOA has been phased out of most PTFE production, the compound still exists in recycled PTFE streams and irradiated micropowders that are used in coatings, lubricants, and cosmetics.”

Heather Newgen

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