Toxic Household Chemicals to Avoid

Toxic chemicals permeate our environment. Choosing to forego chemicals in your cleaning and body care products does not necessarily mean you have to spend more money. There are plenty of inexpensive, much healthier alternatives to harmful chemical-heavy products.

Some of these common household products that should be avoided may surprise you. Many of us use these chemicals on a daily basis without even knowing about them, and that is what makes their use even more dangerous. We may use certain chemicals generously without even knowing we are being exposed.


One of the most pervasive is outdoor and indoor pesticides. Synthetic pesticides rely on extremely volatile and potentially cell-altering chemicals to kill their desired target, insects. These chemicals not only cause insect death, but they also have unintended
consequences upon human inhalation and skin contact.

Insecticides are linked to various forms of cancer and even brain damage in kids. There are even all natural solutions to keeping insects off of you at night. You can use an all natural insect spray that is based in essential oils. Essential oils such as citronella, lemon grass, cedar and other will help keep the insects off of you since they are not attracted to these smells.


Herbicides, which are used to kill weeds and invasive grasses or to treat lawns, are also very toxic. Unless you are specifically using an organic method to treat your lawn, steer clear of the temptation for a perfect lawn.

Know how much healthier it is to have a natural lawn that may have a few weeds here and there. At least you are not inhaling the toxic chemicals used to kill weeds, and you are not harming the wildlife, your own pets, or your own children who play in the grass.


Another really common household chemical is BPA, or Bisphenol A. This is a chemical that makes plastic hard and coats various materials to make it more waterproof and durable. Unfortunately, it also causes major interference of the natural hormone balance due to its ability to act as a synthetic estrogen in the human body.

BPA exposure during pregnancy has now also been linked to behavior problems in children who are in the womb of mothers who have been exposed. This link was recently found in baby girls indicated that mothers who tested with higher BPA levels in their urine had little girls that expressed more emotional issues and behavioral issues such as hyperactivity disorder and even depression or moodiness.

This chemical is unfortunately very hard to completely avoid, as it permeates the goods we use and surround ourselves with every day. It is found in toothpaste, plastic cups and bottles, and even the receipts you get at the grocery store. It is also contained in most of the cans that hold canned fruits and vegetables, unless you look for “BPA free”.

Most importantly, make sure you never leave a drink in a hot car or other hot location in a plastic bottle. The BPA is drawn out more easily in the heat, and you are literally drinking BPA when you do this.

You may recall a time when you’ve left water in a plastic bottle for a long while. When you’ve gone to drink it, it actually tastes like plastic. This likely means there are BPA’s in abundance in the water, just from it sitting for so long or sitting in heat. Try buying a glass bottle or a metal bottle that is labeled BPA free to carry water.


Triclosan is another chemical that is found in many households today. Thankfully, due to companies wising up and consumers demanding it, this chemical is being removed from many products today.

However, there are still several brands of hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, wipes, deodorant and other antibacterial types of products that contain it. Natural soaps are still the way to go, as you avoid all of the harmful chemicals that can lurk in them.

This is one you really want to stay away from, as there is data supporting several health issues it may contribute to or cause. This chemical is found in about 75% of the urine in random samples taken from the general population, which means it easily penetrates the skin and enters the blood stream.

Triclosan has been classified as an endocrine disruptor, meaning it could cause or add to reproductive issues, as well as hormonally fueled cancers. Triclosan has also been marked as a potential superbug promoter. It actually may encourage superbugs to adapt and change quicker since it kills off too much before our bodies can adapt and create antibodies.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the household chemicals that can be toxic to your health. There are unfortunately many others, but this is a good start to do some “housecleaning” and get rid of.