Eliminating Household Toxins: A How-to Guide

Little do many of us know that as we sit in the comfort of our homes, we may be silently developing brain toxicity!

250 pounds per person/day of toxic chemicals are dumped in the US. We are surrounded by toxins to the point that upon birth, a newborn baby is already born having over 180 toxic chemicals in their body.

Toxins can take many forms – heavy metals, air pollution, foods, pesticides…

You do not have control over your neighbor’s truck spewing out exhaust fumes, but you do have some control over your own home environment. This is your area of focus to lower your body’s burden that will make a huge impact on improving your health.

Here are a few household toxins to be on the lookout for:


Aluminum can be found in virtually every bathroom or kitchen in the country. It is in most deodorants that are applied directly onto your skin every day, and it can be found in many cosmetics. It is also in the aluminum foil that you probably use to protect your food from burning or to make cleaning the grill or pans easier for clean-up.

Problem: Aluminum is a neurotoxin that accumulates and doesn’t readily move out of the body.

It breaks down when heated, and very small particles get into your food. Imbed video of Aluminum breaking down.

If you are intentional, there are a couple of easy ways to purge aluminum from the body though.

Hot tip: Drink silica-rich mineral water.

Silica binds with aluminum, making it easier for the kidneys to filter it and get it out of your body. A study showed that after 12 weeks of drinking silica-rich water, aluminum levels dropped up to 70%.

Another hot tip: Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an active ingredient in green tea, has also been shown to improve mortality statistics. Three to four cups a day was cited as the ideal amount to reach maximum benefits.


Problem: If you have chlorine in your water, as so many people do, Chlorine binds onto thyroid receptor sites, negatively affecting the functioning of your thyroid.

Hot tip: Get a chlorine shower filter.

Another Problem: What can happen when shower heads get dirty? It’s scary how items that are supposed to clean us can be loaded with things that harm us, and shower heads are no different. Mycobacteria can live in your shower and can cause non-tuberculous mycobacterial lung infections through inhalation. *

Extra hot tip: Research showed that acetic acid (aka vinegar) while non-toxic to humans was a powerful disinfectant against drug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria in addition to mycobacteria that was disinfectant-resistant.**

Plastic food containers

Problem: Plastics can leach out toxic chemicals into the foods or liquids that you are ingesting. Read my blog on BPAs and brain development.

Rethink putting anything hot like coffee into cups with plastic lids or containers made of plastic. Also, do not reheat ANYTHING you eat in a microwave.

Not so fun fact: Many people are aware of the harmful effects of BPAs and have turned to BPA-free products. One of the favored replacements was BPS. This appears to have similar risks, yet it is not as well-known.

Rule of thumb: The closer something is to nature, the more likely it is to be the healthier option.

Hot tip: Replace that old Tupperware with glass. Glass is inert and will not leach any chemicals into your food or liquids.

Cleaning Products

Problem:  Cleaners are notorious for containing multiple toxins and are responsible for many calls to poison control every year. But you don’t have to accidentally ingest it or have an overdose for your body to have a reaction. Many people are unaware that their bodies are spewing out antibodies to these toxins unless there is an obvious reaction like a skin sensitivity. But if you clean up your cleaners, you will eliminate toxins throughout your house.

Hot tip: With just a little extra elbow grease, you can easily use non-toxic, affordable alternatives with commonly found ingredients like vinegar, ammonia, or baking soda.

Check it out: Be on the lookout for my blog this spring on Green Cleaning Formulas, or pick up a copy of my best-selling book The Autoimmune Fix. All of these cleaners can be found there, too. These are easy DIY formulas that will change the way you clean. They only take a minute to make, are inexpensive to create, and protect your body from toxic burden.


Parabens are preservatives that give your products a longer shelf-life. Many items if they did not have parabens would be refrigerated to extend its life. You find it in many health and beauty products to minimize bacteria.

Problem: Parabens mimic estrogen; therefore, they disrupt your hormone system. It has been associated with breast cancer. Whatever you apply to your skin, can immediately be absorbed into your bloodstream within seconds.

Hot tip: Read labels carefully. If you see the word paraben in an ingredient, avoid it. Look for products that are paraben-free, or better yet, use DIY health products instead.

Laundry Detergents

Problem: What you wash your clothes in, your sheets in, your towels in most likely contains toxins, unless you are actively seeking out non-toxic options. Your skin is in constant contact with these toxins.


Hot tip: MyGreenReFills is a company that offers a subscription service that delivers one bottle of laundry detergent that you can refill month after month.
This socially conscious company uses all non-toxic ingredients.


Volatile Organic Compounds (aka VOCs)

Problem: In the first 3 months, the carcinogenic toxins cause off-gassing that you breathe in. This can be from furniture, paint, carpeting, or new construction. These VOCs pose inhalation health risks in new residences and homes recently renovated.

Hot tip: Get a good air filtration system and open your windows to create airflow and allow for better ventilation. Add a fan to add even better movement of air.

These are only a few of the many toxins that lurk in your home. Whether you breathe them in, absorb them through the skin, or ingest them through food or drink, they enter your body and cause brain toxicity. But by implementing systems changes within your house, you can incorporate a means towards constantly improving your health without much effort. Little by little, your house will become a safer environment to live in for you and your family, as well as friends and neighbors who visit.

In my Brain Masterclass, I provide a number of resources for eliminating toxins throughout your house, and give you tips to improve your brain’s health by making simple changes each week.

Improving your health can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Making one simple change each week in your environment can vastly improve your overall health and reduce brain toxicity.

Non-toxic Household Cleaners to Reduce Brain Toxicity 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines irony as “the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning.”

‘Cleaners’ should not be polluting your home and environment with toxins. Yet, more often than not, that’s exactly what is happening. Add in hidden ingredients like gluten to a person with wheat-related allergies, and expect inflammatory responses to be triggered.

The average person is exposed to more than 700,000 toxins daily, and some place that number over two million. Your body has a variety of ways to purge toxins from your system, but it was never designed to handle the surge of chemicals you experience today. Some chemicals don’t leave your body for decades! This places a huge toxic burden on your system, putting further strain on your overall health, as well as causing brain toxicity. 

Thankfully, with very few ingredients and a little prep time, you can eliminate a bunch of those toxins from your so-called ‘cleaners’.

In my book, The Autoimmune Fix, I share the following green clean formulas that reduce brain toxicity and toxic body burden. These are some of my personal favorites.

All-purpose Cleaner – Mix ingredients in a spray bottle.

1 cup water

¼ tsp organic, gluten-free liquid dishwashing soap

1 T baking soda

½ tsp borax


All-purpose Scouring Powder– Mix in a can with a perforated lid.

1 cup baking soda

10 drops rosemary essential oil


All-purpose Disinfectant – Mix together in a spray bottle.

1 cup water

2 T Castile soap

1 tsp tea tree oil

8 drops eucalyptus essential oil


Glass Cleaner – Mix together in a spray bottle.

1 cup water

1 cup vinegar

10 drops lemon essential oil

Porcelain Polish
– Mix together in a small bowl.

2 T cream of tartar

½ cup hydrogen peroxide

Wood Floor Cleaner
– Mix in a large bucket.

3 T Castile soap

½ cup vinegar

½ cup black tea

2 gallons water


Wood Cabinet Cleaner– Mix in a squirt bottle.

2 cups water

2 T vinegar

1 T lemon oil


Be sure to put labels with the recipes on them. This will make it easy to refill and stick with it. It is also important to remember to use glass spray bottles instead of plastic whenever possible, as glass is inert and does not contain harmful chemicals. Plastic, however, has harmful chemicals that can (and do) leach out into the solutions. Let’s keep these cleaners clean!

You can reuse these glass bottles over and over again for years to come, and the ingredients in these formulas are natural, safe, and affordable.

By limiting toxins that you bring into your home, you are creating an environment that reduces brain toxicity, lowers body burden, supports your health, and supports the health of those who enter that space.

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