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Toxic Chemicals to Eliminate From Your Household

By: Chuck Schmalzried

By Chuck SchmalzriedPublished 8 months ago 3 min read

The following chemicals can be found in various products and household items. However, their harmful effects are not advertised very often and lead to individuals buying products for their home that contain toxic substances and can lead to a decline in health. Discover a few of these below.


Found in a wide range of products and household items, such as makeup, toys, and even walls, lead can be an abundant metal. It can cause behavioral and cognitive issues and damage to the body, especially when ingested.

Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)

Due to their ability to repel water and grease, PFCs are commonly used in various products, such as food containers and furniture. However, studies have shown that they can cause various health issues, such as cancer.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

VOCs are a group of chemicals that react with sunlight and evaporate into the air, which pollutes the indoor environment. One example of a common type of chemical is Formaldehyde, which can be found in your home. In short, these chemicals can cause various health issues, such as cancer and kidney damage. They can also pose a threat to fetuses and infants.

Benzyl benzoate

A common type of chemical used to kill pests such as ticks and lice is known as an insecticide. It can also be used in various products, such as plastics. However, it is suspected that this chemical is a neurotoxin, which can negatively effect nerve tissue.


Known as a mineral that can endure chemical corrosion and heat, asbestos has declined in use in the U.S. Despite this, it still remains legal to use building materials that contain up to a percent of this material. Before any renovations, it is important to thoroughly inspect the inside of your home to make sure that it is not filled with asbestos fibers.


Also known as a methanal or methyl aldehyde, this colorless and odorless gas is used in various products, including textiles, cosmetics, and building materials. The “new” smell of a car, clothes, or mattress is reportedly caused by formaldehyde. It is a known carcinogen and can affect various organs and tissues, including the respiratory, reproductive, and immune systems.

About Chuck Schmalzried:

Chuck Schmalzried, the Co-Owner of Michelle Construction, is an esteemed figure in the home-building industry, renowned for his ability to create exquisite homes that effortlessly blend timeless elegance with modern flair. Despite the unconventional association between entrepreneurship and construction, Chuck, alongside his partner Michelle (affectionately known as Micky), is defying expectations and redefining the norms.

Chuck's journey to success began with his honorable discharge from the United States Air Force in 1992, following his dedicated service during Operation Desert Storm. During his transition back to civilian life and while serving in the Ohio National Guard, Chuck reignited his passion for construction, a skill he had cultivated in high school under the guidance of a seasoned carpenter. Eventually, in 1998, he took a leap of faith and established his own home-building enterprise, Schmalzried Custom Homes, in collaboration with his father.

Through their collective efforts, Chuck and his father honed their expertise, acquiring invaluable skills and cultivating a reputation as accomplished craftsmen known for their approachability and finesse.

Chuck's journey towards holistic health practices began relatively recently, sparked by a personal experience involving a close family member who battled cancer. Witnessing the firsthand benefits of holistic treatments, particularly medical marijuana, ignited Chuck's appreciation for the power of natural remedies and lifestyle adjustments in addressing various illnesses.

Alongside his professional pursuits and deep-rooted passion for holistic well-being, Chuck possesses a profound admiration for the courageous men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. In an effort to honor their bravery and dedication, Chuck has taken to sharing their stories and his own military insights on Through this platform, he invites others to join him in shedding light on the true heroes of our world and celebrating tales of valor, love, and selflessness.


About the Creator

Chuck Schmalzried

Chuck Schmalzried has successfully established a lasting reputation in the home-building and construction industry. Co-Owner at Michelle Construction, a prominent home-building company situated near Devil's Lake in Michigan.

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