#TossTheToxins To Create a Healthy Home: An Overview

By Marilee Nelson |

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There has never been a better time to start creating a healthy home with our #TossTheToxins program! 

Understanding what impacts our health and boosts immune function is vital.  Many people are buying “non-toxic” products right and left for their family’s health and wellbeing, yet they still may have hundreds of products throughout the house under sinks, in cabinets, drawers, and closets that have harmful ingredients.  Research shows that products that pollute the air weaken our immune system making us more vulnerable to infection and chronic illness. These products create a low-level chemical soup that your family has to detoxify from 24/7, never allowing time to recover, rest and rejuvenate from the everyday exposures we all get when we go to work, school, and play.

Unfortunately, most of us are in the dark and without a clue about how much common household products with harmful chemicals impact our health. Not realizing that the products under your sink, in your pantry, or in your cabinets may be causing your headaches1, your weight gain2, your husband’s sinus infections, brain fog3, your children’s irritability, inability to concentrate4, or asthma5, makes you subject to something that could easily be eliminated. 

Identifying and knowing how to distinguish between what is and what is not safe enables us to make everyday choices that heal, restore, and nourish instead of undermining our health. We just don’t know how much these products affect us until they are removed!

How Do You Create a Healthy Home?

We have come to a time where it is more important than ever to understand how to create a truly healthy home. Years ago, when my son was chemically injured, the doctors said,  “He will never recover—go home and create a “safe room” for your son. Remove everything toxic and replace them with safe materials and products.”  There was no internet, no awareness like today, but I thought that doesn’t sound too complicated. I also decided that we would not just create one room for him to stay in but make our entire house safe!  What I didn’t realize was that creating a healthy home wasn’t a clearly defined concept, and it still isn’t.  

In our struggle to recover our son, it wasn’t until I had a huge AHA moment while grocery shopping as to why he kept reacting to our home. As I walked past the pesticide and cleaning aisle, I stopped in my tracks and gasped, “That’s IT!”  The bottles were not only closed but sealed, yet I could smell the VOC’s (volatile organic compounds coming out of the bottles. This was happening in our house too! The decision to completely remove all harmful products was life-changing. It turned out to be the key to our son’s restoration of health as well as the foundation for #TossTheToxins!  

After news of my son’s recovery spread, I started working with people from all over the country who had been unable to recover from chemical injuries, mold exposures, or chronic illness.  They had typically been to many doctors and spent lots of money trying to figure out what to do. Many had given up ever recovering. I had realized that we are all living in a low-level chemical soup in our homes created by the hundreds of products with harmful chemicals stored under sinks, in cabinets, drawers, closets, and attached garages. So, regardless of their condition, I found that having my clients just get a box and go through their homes removing products with toxic ingredients brought about dramatic improvements in air quality and rapid turnarounds even in cases that had been long-standing for many years. Lindsey’s story is a perfect example. 

As I worked with more people, it became apparent that the fastest results occurred when products with VOCs (volatile organic compounds) were removed first. 

Products with VOCs include pesticides, cleaning and laundry products, materials and products with synthetic fragrance, and personal care products. I developed a simple, no-cost process that removed these harmful products category by category, eliminating pesticides, cleaning, and laundry products as the initial step. Many clients were dumbfounded as persistent symptoms and conditions were resolving. Once they experienced the quick and easy simplicity of Tossing the Toxins and realized that my goal was to give them a chance to live in a home cleared of immune stressors, most became very eager to tackle the next category. 

That is the story of how Toss the Toxins To Create a Healthy Home began.  You can get started today, remove the first category of immune stressors (pesticides, laundry, and cleaning products), and make an immediate dramatic improvement in your home’s air quality. This stress-free process can be completed in days, weeks, or as you are able. You can take it one step at a time, and #TosstheToxins category by category. Removal of a category can take 15 minutes to maybe an hour or two, depending on what you have in your home. Once a category is completed - you are done!

Since the removal of a category is solely designed to improve air quality, this no-stress system allows you to keep removed products handy in a sealed box until you have replacements you can keep in your house. If you need a product, use it, but return to your sealed container when finished to keep the air quality clean. To simplify, we recommend that products stored in the home have all ingredients rated a 1-2 on EWG Skin Deep. We are in the process of addressing each category and are putting together a free online course that will take you through step by step. It is a work in progress. Click here to find out more.

Remember, this is not only an opportunity; it is a finite process—once completed, your commitment to buy safe products will pay off.  Know we’re behind you 100%...you’ve got this.

#TossTheToxins Category by Category 

Our suggestion is to use this article and the additional links and tools offered below as a starting point on your journey to create a healthier home. Every category you remove, every step you take makes a difference!


Look for anything with the word “cide,” and don’t forget things like lice treatments, bug sprays, exterminator services, disinfectants and sanitizers, and lawn/garden care items. 

Learn more:

Toxic Cleaning Products

Start at your kitchen sink and remove all chemical cleaning products with zero ingredients listed and any labeled with “warning,” “danger,” or “hazardous”.  Remember, “non-toxic” on the label is not enough! When in doubt, throw it out and replace with Branch Basics or other safe products with all ingredients rated a 1 or 2 on EWG Skin Deep.

Toxic Laundry Products

These include  detergents, fabric softeners, bleach (which is also an EPA-registered pesticide), stain removers, dryer sheets, and “boosters.”

Fragranced products

These include air fresheners, scented candles, and anything else that contains synthetic fragrance. How do you know if it’s synthetic? It’s labeled “fragrance”; the only exception is 100% wildcrafted or pure organic essential oils.

Toxic Personal Care products

Learn more:


The most concerning are plastics you eat or drink from as they are a source of BPA, BPS, BPB,  and phthalates. Think water bottles, baby bottles, storage containers, kitchen utensils, cutting boards, etc. 

PFAS (Perfluorinated Substances)

These chemicals are found in stain-resistant, water-repellent, and non-stick products such as rugs, clothing, bedding, outdoor gear, cookware, etc.

Flame Retardants

These chemicals are found in children’s pajamas and robes and are also found in blankets, upholstered furniture, rugs, window coverings, drapes, and mattresses, etc.  After source removal HEPA vacuuming is the best way to reduce your exposure


Found in particle board furniture, “easy care” or “wrinkle-free” clothing and bedding, nail polish, personal care products, glues, etc. Learn more in: 23 Sources of Formaldehyde to Remove From Your Home Starting Right Now.


We encourage you to toss processed foods with harmful chemicals that can be found in your pantry and refrigerator. 

Get started by avoiding these as best you can!

Additional Resources: 

This is a link to an article by a mom about how excitotoxins were affecting her child. It also contains an excitotoxin list.  


Although it makes our lives easier, our modern technology brings invisible toxins into our households. Learning how to safely manage our devices that emit electromagnetic fields is another key to reducing immune stress on the body that we will be sharing about in more detail this year. If you are interested in learning more right away, here are some trusted resources to get you started: 

Make the Life-Changing Decision to #TossTheToxins

We just don’t realize how much products with harmful chemicals impact our mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing until we remove them. #TossingTheToxins can be life-changing and possibly even lifesaving! Your kids may become smarter, calmer, better listeners, and more resistant to colds and flu. Hormonal issues may resolve, headaches go, brain fog disappears, depression may lift, unwanted weight is lost, and allergies and asthma may disappear. Even chronic illnesses may turn around, and on and on. These chemicals are undermining our health and immune systems,  hijacking the healing process and keeping us from our full potential. 

 You have come to a fork in the road. Decide to take the road less traveled and #TossTheToxins to help Create your Healthy Home! It can make all the difference and even change the course of your entire family’s life! A win-win for everyone.

Marilee Nelson

Marilee Nelson is an Environmental Toxins expert who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the chemically-sensitive and chronically-ill. She is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Bau-Biologist and Bau-Biology Inspector and specializes in Food As Medicine. She has helped thousands of families and individuals identify, heal and recover from toxic exposures and is on a mission to revolutionize the way American families view their health.