Make Your Home a Healthier Place for Everyone Who Lives There
by Daniella Chace
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Pub Date 31 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 07 Feb 2023
Storey Publishing, Storey Publishing, LLC
From the bedroom mattress and pillows to daily cleaning products for the kitchen and bath, toothbrushes, and even furniture and clothing, toxins are embedded in many products and items used regularly in the home—and they are making us sick. Home Detox is a practical, accessible guide to understanding the problem and how we can address it in our own homes in a manageable and affordable way. Daniella Chace, a professional toxicologist and health writer, teaches readers how to identify potential toxins, with an easy-to-follow, room-by-room evaluation of the "Toxic Ten" in each space. She explains the connection between toxins in everyday objects and chronic health issues such as headaches, asthma, high cholesterol, skin problems, and sleep problems and offers strategies for eliminating toxins, along with easy recipes for effective homemade cleaning solutions using essential oils, baking soda, vinegar, and other ingredients that are natural, affordable, and effective.
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The ultimate non-toxic cleaning & home-keeping handbook for creating a healthier, safer home. In other hands, the information in this book could been overwhelming and impractical, but Danielle Chance's organized and educational approach makes creating a healthy living space attainable. This book guides the reader step-by-step, room-by-room, with helpful lists and graphics that provide a methodical action plan, More than a how-to-book, this is a how-and-why-to book that connects our home environment to our health, with detailed instruction and gentle encouragement.
Did you know that we are exposed to more toxins inside than we are outside? Daniella Chance, a toxicology clinician, states that while tracking down the triggers of disease, she’s found that most of them are inside our own homes. Toxins are everywhere. It’s in our clothes, toys, pots, pans, skincare, perfumes, and more. There are more than 30 toxins present in common household products, isn’t that crazy?! Chance has helped many of her clients successfully identify toxins and remove them from their homes. She states that they have each noticed huge improvements in their health and symptoms afterwards.
The Home Detox Method offers a room-by-room guide for healthy, natural, and cost-effective replacements for toxic products in our household. Along with this, Chance also provides natural recipes for creating your own non-toxic cleaning products. What I love about these alternatives is that they’re all eco-friendly and sustainable options. Besides the helpful information, I appreciated the beautiful visuals in this book. They serve as inspiration to create a safe and healthy home that’s good for us and for the planet. Thank you to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for this advanced reading copy (eARC) in exchange for my honest review.
I loved, loved, loved Home Detox by Daniella Chace. Frist of all it's such a needed book. We all need to make more conscious choices than we truly do and when we bring things into our home, our sanctuary what we do bring is vitally important to our health. We just truly need to realize that. My doctor told me a long time ago when my endocrine system blew out and she examined everything she told me she does not even have a gas stove in her home because of health. Also, memory foam or any foam on her bed especially because our faces are against that chemically-laden man-made product hours a day. It made me exam everything and she gave me a pamphlet to read about what is the most toxic and where to start. First, were the pillows, mattress, bedroom then kitchen. What I love about Danella's book is the format is let's talk about every room in our houses and she gives a chapter to each room. What are usually the most toxic culprits and what can they be replaced with.
The first chapter, Our Home and Our Health, then The Home Detox Method, Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom, Living Room, Laundry, Kids Rooms, Home Office, Yard and Garden and Garage and Basement. Then Lab Tests and Home Test Kits for Toxins and further reading. This book is well done, could not be more user-friendly than it already is and wonderful, beautiful, useful photos.
I try to live in this way but Daniella made me dig deeper and get a wonderful grip on where I could improve further. Such as she educated me about EMF's and I got the meter she suggested. She addresses the memory foam problem and obesogens. We had our water tested before this book and have always had a Reverse Osmosis System. Glad we've had one as we had our water tested and have a well and live in an ag community and our water was off the charts with nitrates from fetilizers around our area, even though we do not as an organic farm. Anyway, we are now order the kit for home air tests. The kit for testing your plates. It's time to be conscious about what we bring into our home and release there are off gasses. Also, some of us are more effected by toxins than others but we do have to be mindful. Excellent book, beyond excellent.
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher Storey Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Home Detox by Daniella Chace.
What a magnificent read about all the toxins we use and have at home, and the alternatives. I am already leaving a fairly toxin free life, so most of this was not news to me, but I learned a couple of new tricks. However, I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in this subject, but might not yet have adopted a toxin-free life. I like the layout, pictures, and the great structure of the book!
Wow, this was very insightful. I loved how they explained step by step EVERY area of your house and how to achieve a good detox cleanse in those areas. I also enjoyed that they have recipes for chemical free cleaning agents. Plus, the added bonuses of eco-friendly ways to detoxify your home like what brooms/dust pans and even brushes are better for you and the environment. This was REALLY helpful as I'm on the journey to become more sustainable and eco-friendly. I truly appreciated the tips and in depth explanations in this book!
I was given this book by NetGalley and the publishers to read and review. All statements above are my own opinion after fully reading this book.
This is such a thorough guide. I love the list of ingredients (and abbreviations) to watch for, in addition to the different manufacturers. I also love the suggested products and recipes to make my own cleaning products. I highly recommend this book.
An informative, totally transfixing, and thoroughly researched book.
For someone like myself who suffers from a very debilitating illness, every little non-toxic addition to, and toxic subtraction from, my home helps. You will be shocked at the amount of harmful chemicals in your living, eating and sleeping areas. Even if you have read other books of this ilk and you think you have a good awareness of the subject, trust me, you'll learn one or even a couple of dozen new tips in this work.
Daniella Chace's day job is to help others with removing toxins from their house, thus making significant improvements in their health. The book is structured on a room-to-room basis, so whichever place you wish to start with, it's all laid out for you. If you don't understand what the initials mean on your current household cleaners, there's a handy listing for you to follow. The fact that the author provides a whole list of non-toxic and chemical-free alternatives, including homemade cleaners, make this book worth its weight in gold. An excellent piece of non-fiction.
I chose to read an ARC copy of this work, which I then voluntarily and honestly reviewed. All opinions are my own. My thanks to NetGalley, the publishers, and the author.
This is a gorgeous book! Seriously, it just looks clean. When I was scrolling through the pages, it reminded me of how good organic feels.
There are a lot of household basics in here so it would be a great gift for someone new to an organic or "back to the earth" lifestyle. I would appreciate it just as a reference tool. I am sure the hardcopy would also be a beautiful addition to a home library.
What I especially liked were the recipes. There are even recipes for making your own deodorant, toothpaste, and mouth rinse. Sometimes the homemade products don't end up costing substantially less, but you don't have 50 weird chemicals swishing around in your mouth either. One of the keys tonatural living is being in unison with your body and its chemical balance.
There are also some fun facts. I had not even considered that Castille soap originated from that region in Spain. I just figured it was a certain "type" of soap-like bar soap or had special ingredients in it. In our fast-paced culture, it is not difficult to go into "auto-mode" and not even think about the products or food we buy.
Home Detox is a beautiful reminder to slow-down, look around, and remember that you are a product of your environment.
I teally enjoyed how actionable this book was. There were convenient lists of ingredients to avoid, where in the house they can be found, and what you can use as a replacement. I think this is a great book for anyone looking for how to have a more chemical free home.
I picked up this book because of the cover and the idea that it would be possible to improve the quality of the environment of my home. A recent news story I read stated plastic particles were being found in human blood samples making me more aware of the issue. [Plastic bits in my blood!!]
What I got was lucid writing in a very attractive format with lots of white space and beautiful photos. The information was laid out in a way that allowed me to understand the need for detoxing my house [Chapter 1], what to buy or make to detox my home [Chapter 2], and THEN how to detox room by room, step by step, one chapter for each room. At the beginning of each of those chapters was a Toxic Ten list beside a photo of that room pointing out each toxic item in there. [Spoiler alert – air fresheners, incense, dryer sheets, memory foam, and aluminum are really bad.]
As I read the first chapter about detoxing, I thought of three women with whom I want to share this book. One is a mother of a toddler who is highly allergic to corn – like Epi pens and hospital trips allergic. Corn products are used everywhere. The next is a 41 year old woman who was diagnosed with secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon as a teenager. She also has to be very careful about what she is exposed to. And finally my next-door neighbor, a 30-something with two little girls under 5. In the summer of 2020 she got COVID-19 and after her stay in the hospital and her quarantine at home, the next week she had a heart attack. Since the heart attack, she returned to the hospital with double pneumonia. She went from being an active, vibrant mother of two very young children to a semi-invalid in a few months. All three of these women need to keep toxins away from their families and themselves. But how do you do that? The Home Detox Method gives people a system in an easy-to-comprehend format.
And if you need more, the last part of the book has an easy-to-read list of the chemical names and properties of the toxins that make up so many items in our houses, a list of resources based in the US, and a well-organized chapter by chapter reference list which is very easy to access.
After finishing the book, I stood in front of my open refrig and realized everything in it was wrapped or packaged in plastic except for 2 bottles of salsa, 3 jars of jam and some fruit. So, I have a long way to go. But I did make a start. I threw out that open box of dryer sheets and my old plastic cutting board. I didn’t buy the air freshener and liquid laundry detergent on my shopping list. I bought wool dryer balls, a bamboo cutting board, eco-friendly power laundry detergent, and a spider plant for my living room. Step by step, I will continue to use the Home Detox Method to make the environment I live in safer for me.
I've been searching for a book to increase my insight into safe, healthy detoxing. I'm working to reset my system and found this book to be helpful. If you're looking for knowledge to help reset your system and learn safe, effective ways to detox, this book is for you!
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and it was definitely more than what I had expected. I really enjoyed learning about the different toxins that are in everyday products. Not only did this book teach you what's in most common products, but this book gives amazing suggestions that are probably cheaper and obviously are cleaner to use in your household. I think this is such a great book and the cleaner suggested recipes are very easy to create with ingredients everyone probably has in their home.
The Home Detox Method Daniella Chace, MS, CN
The most disturbing horror story I’ve ever read. Toxins, moulds, disturbing chemicals from the industry that no one talks about, From anything from seemingly innocent joss sticks & candles, perfume and makeup, dishwasher tablets, washing machine liquid, leave on body products & car fresheners and on and on. It seems that suspicious or toxic ingredients fill every cupboard, in every room in every home from the basement to the nursery.
Everyone’s health is at risk from contaminates our ancestors never had, or could ever imagine. From cancers, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, to lung disorders, mental health issues, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, all inflammation disorders and on and on. Daniella examines the seemingly innocent chemicals sitting in our bathrooms, kitchens & garden sheds. No one has unravelled these secrets before in one book. Daniella has simple and professional solutions and shares her secrets freely.
Simple easy ways to improve day to day living room by room. The author takes on detoxing room by room in your home by providing case studies that are not just helpful in providing recommendation to resolve issues but are written in ways that may help you recognize problems in your own home. The simple/clean recipes and product swaps are good way to start making your home healthier for all your family members including your pets.
As a nutrition coach who leans hard to the holistic side of the health world, I love this book. It’s such a wonderful educational guide for anyone wanting to have a less toxic home. I love how there are many lists in the book as this is something that makes my brain happy. The recipes for homemade cleaners are also worth getting the book for, even if that’s all you use. 10/10 recommend to anyone reading this review as well as to my personal clients.
"Home Detox is a practical, accessible guide to understanding the problem and how we can address it in our own homes in a manageable and affordable way."
What a magnificent book! This topic is new to me but the language and diagrams were accessible and not overwhelming. Packed with information about our homes, eco-friendly ways to live cleaner, and the seemingly "safe" products we use daily. Additionally, each chapter covers a different room (like that's extra points for organization), and the book uses visual guides that are helpful for breaking down information. I also appreciate that recipes are included in this book rather than it being separate. Overall, this is the perfect book for anyone looking into clean, sustainable, and eco-friendly living!
Thank you NetGalley and Storey Publishing for the ARC of Home Detox.
We all look for ways to clean the house during the changes of the seasons, especially Spring and Autumn. This book is a gem for how to clean your home in affordable ways from the bedroom, to the kitchen and everything in between!
Excellent resource for anyone looking to reduce harmful chemicals in the home. This book goes into detail about what substances could be harmful to our health. I liked room to room approach/organization. Informative and comprehensive on all toxins we can try to eliminate from our homes.
Simple steps and practical advice. This is a helpful book for anyone looking for ways to detox their home to impact their overall health.
Daniella Chace’s The Home Detox: Make Your Home a Healthier Place for Everyone Who Lives There is a wonderful resource full of tips, ideas, and even recipes for making cleaning products to remove the toxins in our lives. The book has a plan for each room for readers to identify toxins, which can ultimately cause health problems. I voluntarily read this complimentary book that I will refer often as I continue on my health journey. Thank you, Daniella Chace, for writing this extremely helpful and easy to understand book!
Very timely book as many are looking to eliminate toxins and lead a cleaner lifestyle. Every area of the home is addressed in a room by room guide containing healthy, natural and most important, cost effective replacements for toxic products. I highly recommend this book.
I enjoyed it. I think the book was informative of sources of toxins that can be found in common household items. It contained a lot of recipes on how to make your on cleaning products and swaps. It didn't get too anti-science as many other books I've read on the subject and generally is a well grounded.
If you're interested in non-toxic living, I highly recommend this incredibly through (yet not overwhelming) guide. The author goes room by room identifying toxins to look out for and how to choose better products. Gorgeous photos, simple action items and DIY recipes.
This book is a really handy guide to turn to and understand your home environment and how you can make easy little swaps to reduce your exposure to toxins. The format is brilliant and there are some ace recipes for all sorts of household products too! I really like how it dives into each room and gives really solid practical advice. It is a thought provoking read and well researched and well presented information. Highly recommend!
Fascinating and helpful guide to how to detox your home! It was terrifying to learn how many chemicals are in everyday cleaners and products. I love how the book went room by room breaking down where toxins can be and how to detox the space and alternatives to use. I learned so much and I’ll definitely be not only sharing this book with friends and family when it comes out, but using these alternatives in my everyday life.
*Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy.
Loved this book! This explained the toxins present in a home in an easy to understand way. The chapters are broken down into rooms ( kitchen, living room, bathroom, etc) of the house. It then takes you step by step with ways to detox your home. It also has natural recipes for everyday cleaning supplies. Very informative and helpful book. Thank you net galley for an advance copy of this book
This book is beautiful, but terrifying. This would be a perfect gift for someone about to start a household. I learned a lot. It is well written, seems well researched, and I learned a lot of things I have been doing were not good for the air quality or ground outside my home, which I had never even thought of. Definitely a must read before stocking your home with items which seem benign, but in the cumulative might not be great for you, your family, and your pets.
Very informative. I consider myself a “clean home” person and I ended up learning about other areas I hadn’t considered and am now taking action on. I think everyone should read this book to better themselves and their home environment.
Home Detox is exactly the book I have been looking for. It provides practical advice without scaremongering, and introduces great ideas which can be implemented immediately. I've seen some of the information provided in the book in magazine and newspaper articles, but it's great to have such a comprehensive guide, with everything in one place.
Thankyou to NetGalley and the Publishers for the e-ARC of this book.
Home Detox is a must read. You never understand how your living space can help you see your day, week and month clearer until you read this book. Daniella Chace gives you the steps and skills you need to make your house and home the best place for you to live and in some ways reach your goals on a daily basis. I feel so much more free after using some of the steps in this book.
This is a very comprehensive guide to understanding and eliminating toxins from your home. Each room is covered in detail as to what they likely are, where they specifically exist, and great alternatives are given to start replacing ones you currently use and are concerned about. Recipes for creating a chemical free cleaning caddy, and options for homemade body products are cost effective and straightforward. What I liked the best is the list of the potential "Toxic Ten" which is listed for each room of the house. An extensive glossary of chemicals is given and where they are most often found is great for reference. Obviously one can get overwhelmed with this topic, but this is a great addition for those who want to reduce their exposure to toxins we usually unbeknownst to ourselves live with. Would definitely add my cleaning/organizing and living minimally book collection.
This book starts with basics then gives you room by room tips. It further identifies the Toxic 10 list in each area. I found this format helpful and simple to use. It also has lots of practical easy solutions. Easy advice like use wooden cutting boards instead of plastic ones. I picked up and implemented dozens of easy detox solutions! Specific areas covered are: kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, laundry room, kids rooms, home office, garage & basement and yard & garden. This book is a must read for anyone concerned with their health or just wanting to lessen the toxins in their environment. I can’t stress enough how important this book is.
Get ready to have your skin crawl while at the same getting motivated to make one of the best decisions of your life. Detoxing your home is a wonderful step to taking control of your health. There are a lot of books out there on this topic but many of them are overwhelming and struggle with keeping their layouts from getting cluttered and confusing. This book in comparison thoroughly hits all the right points without giving you a headache our a financial migraine. She breaks down the daily toxins we are exposed to and where the culprits hide in everyday objects and products. There are lots of excellent, easy recipes to replace most household chemicals and, from personal testimony, they work! Everything is methodically organized by room or house fixture as well so you can just start with one and do what you can before moving on to the next. She also covers personal care and body products! I will be adding this to my gift list for friends and family who want to clean up their home but don’t know where to start.
P.S. check out “teflon flu”…yikes!
Thank you, NetGalley!
Something which we aren't often taught at school is that our homes are full of more toxins than the outside world! So many products which we use everyday are having an impact on our health, and this does not need to be the case as there are many safer alternatives out there.
In this practical and easy to understand guide toxicologist, Daniella Chace, teaches us how to identify toxins, gives us steps on how to remove them, and suggests many alternatives.
The book is split by room and for each room the author gives us a 'Toxic Ten' (the 10 most toxic things which are commonly found in the identified room), and gives us a step by step cleaning guide to remove toxins from that particular room. The book is concise, accessible and gives clear actions for everyone, no matter what your prior knowledge is of this subject.
I completely underestimated what I was going to get out of this book. If I am completely honest the two things which initially drew me to this book was one was that I share the same name with the author, and the other being that it is going to be published on my birthday! My initial expectations were that it would be a Marie Kondo style book- focusing on decluttering. However, it is so much more than that. Home Detox is the science lesson I never had at school and was a real eye- opener. How some of these things are allowed to be sold is really questionable!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and found it so empowering and informative. Some habits will definitely be harder to shift that others (thinking of my candle addiction), but other things I was really keen to try straight away. This book has certainly made me more mindful of the products I use (and will make me think twice about future purchases).
It’s horrifying how so many manufacturers just make things without regard for the health of their consumers. That’s why the information presented in this book is so essential - we need to be kept aware of the harmful products in our home where we spend most of our time.
Home Detox looks to be a comprehensive book on the subject - and it is based on many studies (you can find the long list at the back of the book.)
What I love most are the alternative things you can make and use instead. Love those recipes - especially when you can get the ingredients easily.. I was less enamoured that there are recipes that include a particular brand of cleaning product that is not accessible where I live.
4 and a half stars from me. Vastly helpful book for keeping away from products that make us sick. And some really good suggestions and recipes for alternatives.
A really comprehensive handbook on home detoxing and one I will use for reference frequently I think. Highly recommended, I already knew that you could clean your home with bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar but I knew nothing about the contents of the rest of the book. Very informative.
Filled with beautiful and inspiring photos, this book by Daniella Chace, provides a step-by-step guide to all the toxins that are found in the home, garden and even makeup, and how to get rid of them. She provides a list of the cleaning equipment that you will need to start, and recipes based on natural ingredients, such as bicarb soda for cleaning various items. These are mostly easy to make, but some include Dr Bronner's products, which you may have to buy online in Australia.
Then she includes an extremely useful room-by-room guide to cleaning, including the laundry and the children's rooms. Apparently, tea-tree oil is wonderfully useful for cleaning, so I am certainly going to try that. I found this book so helpful that I am going to buy it!
I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.