The #1 Appliance In Your Home That Churns Out Hidden Toxins, And What You Can Do About It.

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If you read my recent article about how to biohack a sauna, then you've already heard of my friend Brett Bauer.

Brett is a guy who I lived with in college. When I used to hang out with him, he was a hard-partying guy who drove a fancy red car and lived a fast lifestyle. But since then, he's experienced an amazing health journey that's taken him from alcoholism to fruitarianism to raw veganism to water detoxes to, finally, eating grass-fed beef and sweet potato fries with me and my family on our back porch.

In my conversations with Brett, I've been blown away by his body of knowledge on everything from sauna detoxes to water filters to removing hidden toxins like mold and fungus from your home. And in today's podcast, Brett and I delve into the #1 appliance in your home that churns out hidden toxins: your vacuum cleaner.

During our episode, you'll discover:

-How many pounds of chlorine you can absorb through your skin in a single shower, and an easy, portable way to ensure that you can filter your shower water to avoid absorbing water toxins through your skin…

-The shocking toxic potential of the clothing you're wearing, and the best, most toxin-free way to clean your clothing…

-A way to have soft clothes without static, ditch your static dryer sheets and use a little-known DIY stack in your clothing washing and drying process…

-The big, big problem with using dry cleaning methods like dry washcloths or dry filter vacuums to clean your home, and how these actually spread microscopic contaminants throughout your home…

-How you can inadvertently be spreading staph infections, mold and fungi around your house every time you clean your home…

-What to look for in a HEPA filter (and why all filters aren't created equal)…

-And much more…

Resources we discuss in this episode:

A free home cleaning and toxin removal consultation with Brett

William Wolcott's Metabolic Typing Diet book

Aquasana Shower Filter

Molly's Soap Suds

Sauna Detox with Niacin Protocol

My How To Detox Your Home article

Do you have questions, comments or feedback about dry vacuums vs. wet vacuums, detoxing your home and body, or anything else Brett and I talked about in this episode? Leave your thoughts below, and click here if you'd like a free home cleaning and toxin removal consultation with Brett!

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50 thoughts on “The #1 Appliance In Your Home That Churns Out Hidden Toxins, And What You Can Do About It.

  1. Clair Wayman says:

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  2. Ejustice says:

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  3. Agreed. I appreciate Ben’s podcasts, but this one seemed a little too much like an advertisement to me. My parents have a Rainbow, and while I understand the value of the water filter, it doesn’t appear to have the suction force of my Miele. Not to mention how nasty it is to clear out the unclean water after vacuuming with the rainbow.

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  13. Tyrion says:

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  19. berry says:

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  20. alastair says:

    Thank you very much for this excellent post.

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  21. Chris says:


    You mentioned a study showing 5 times better cleaning with water-filter based vacuum than dry filter. Do you know the name of that study or have a link?

  22. Jason says:

    This is why Kirby vacuums are great. They’re super expensive, but they definitely keep the air a lot cleaner than their cheaper counterparts. I just wish there were vacuums like Kirbys except cheaper!

  23. John S says:

    I looked at Brett’s YouTube video. Where do you get the sheets of fabric to put on back of vacuum?



  24. Pham Dinh Tung says:

    I was a bit skeptic about using vacuum cleaners, but when I used a branded vacuum cleaner for hardwood floors, I didn't feel if my house is dirty anymore.

  25. kareenwalton says:

    I’ve honestly never worried about having dirty air in my home, but I have a friend whose son has terrible dust allergies. I’m sure this would be a great solution for them! They may not even realize that their vacuum could be increasing the problem. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Mjwidell says:

    I really enjoy Ben's podcasts, but in this podcast Brett relayed some incorrect information. He mentioned the Swiffer Wet Jet and how it kills dogs. He said several people said that (who probably read it on Facebook…) This is an at least 10 year old rumor that has circulated the Internet. Even the ASPCA has verified this is incorrect information.…

  27. simonh01 says:

    Excellent podcast. For everyone that is interested in a rainbow vacuum but went into sticker shock when they found out how much they cost. You can pick up a used one for a reasonable price if you are patient. I got an E series which is a single speed but does the trick just fine for vacuuming for less than $300 on craigslist. There are deals on ebay as well, although shipping is going to be roughly $40. They last a long time and there's lots of info on the internet and they will retain their value as well. I'm really happy with my purchase and I enjoyed seeing all the crap that came out of our recently vacuumed carpets. It is more work to vacuum and not as convenient but I have a baby crawling around and another child who has some allergies so in my mind it is well worth it.

  28. mtxdoc2 says:

    It's quite an extrapolation to go from the problems of a fruitarian diet to bashing veganism and vegetarianism. A well-done plant-based diet is obviously healthier than a meat-based one, with absolutely no protein or micronutrient issues. Plants, of course, have more micronutrients than meat. I like Ben's podcast, in general, but couldn't stick with this one. There is only so much time and money one can put into some aspects of their life. It's a risk-benefit analysis. Some of the suggestions made were a bit overboard, for me. I'm already living healthier than most people, and will be content with most of what I'm already doing. I looked into CBD, but $100 a month?

  29. David says:

    It’s quite a leap to extrapolate the problems of a fruitarian diet to an indictment of veganism and vegetarianism. A well-done plant-based diet is obviously healthier than a meat-based one, with absolutely no protein or micronutrient issues. Of course, there are more micronutrients in plants than meat. I wanted to enjoy this specific podcast episode, but there is a limit on how much time (and money) one can spend on some elements of a life. Always have to do a risk-benefit analysis, which will be different for every person, of course. Looked into CBD, but $100 a month? Do appreciate much of the info presented by Ben and Brock, though.

  30. always_active says:

    Brett and Ben,

    Are the fragrances sold by Rainbow safe, or do they have potential hormone disrupting compounds like other air fresheners? Thanks for the podcast! It was very eye opening!!

    1. I personally use these in mine:… – you can use whatever you want. I like the Young Living Evergreen scent…reduces cortisol…

    2. Brett Bauer says:

      I do not recommend the Rainbow brand fragrances because they are made from hormone-disrupting petrochemicals. Instead, I recommend using all natural essential oils. You cannot put the essential oils in the water basin because they might react with the plastic. Instead, you simply put the essential oils on a cloth that is placed underneath the lid of the exhaust on the back of the machine. Brett Bauer

      1. Matthew says:

        Hi Brett, do you consult with people ? The link on this podcast brings me to the video you recorded but when I put in my information to submit a consult is states link invalid. Please let me know how we can consult. I can be reached at [email protected] as well at 203-292-0660. Thank you


  31. WilliamFerullo1 says:

    It's amazing to me all the people complaining about the so called infomercial. First of all I didn't feel that way about the podcast. Second of all so what if it was an outright infomercial(it wasn't). Ben puts out a tremendous amount of FREE quality content. If you don't like the subject matter of a FREE podcast stop listening, it's not a big deal. Be grateful you don't have to pay for all the information Ben puts out, instead of complaining how about a thank you. So Ben, thank you for all of the excellent podcasts, articles, and videos you put out, I really appreciate it.

  32. jujubee752000 says:

    This was great pod cast however most of the united states is actually filtering or should I say processing their water at the water plates with chloramine. I was curious as to what Bret would recommend to filter this in our homes. Because as I know through my research britta home filters do not filter this.

    Thank you

    1. BrettBauer79 says:

      Check the aquasana website. They have an affordable quality carbon filter for tap water.

    2. agsartory says:

      I haven't found any shower filters that filter both chlorine AND chloramine. So my set up is two filters…

      For the chloramine I use the Sonaki Vitamin C shower filter.…

      And for the other stuff I use this Sprite shower filter, which looks nicer and more seamless than the Aquasana if that's a factor for you. It's just as effective as far as I know.…

    3. Joe says:

      I heard the same warning when buying my shower filter. i.e. that if chloramine was used by the water company that my filter would not remove it.

  33. John says:

    Thank you for another informative podcast.

    We regularly run HEPA’s in each room, diffuse essential oils, and steam clean our hard floors. I worry about the carpet and we currently own a newer model Dyson. Any hacks for a dyson? I feel like it is a solid vacuum and would hate to not feel comfortable using it.


    1. Brett Bauer says:

      It is great that you are taking that much effort to try to keep your home clean. There are issues that could be significantly improved in your situation. However, they are situationally dependent and I would need to know many more details. This can be done most effectively over the phone. I would be happy to provide a free analysis of your specifics and let you know how to improve your results in your home. Send me and email or text and let me know what days/times are best for you and I will call you and share with you some very valuable and helpful info. [email protected] 208-449-3979

  34. Dennis Mitton says:

    Please bring back Science Babe. Anti-vaccers and now my polyester laced tee shirts are going to kill me? Please – for the sake of your podcast – you and Brett get together and watch Fight Club with Ed Norton sitting on the crapper pouring over details from the IKEA catalogue while he agonizes over the best purchase. Get back to living man!

  35. ferran says:

    I love your podcasts but this one seems a little bias towards selling this Rainbow vacuum cleaner that is only sold thru dealers and you have to have a consultation so they can keep the price 4 x more expensive than a regular one.

    1. BrettBauer79 says:

      The reason these are usually sold through dealers is due to the complex nature of explaining what it does. It takes some time to show and explain why someone would want to use water instead of a dry filter. As far as cost goes: People on an average spend about $100 for a vacuum, bags, belts, filters etc. If they buy a Walmart special they buy them every year. If they buy a Sears $600 vacuum it will usually last 5 to 7 years. The average life of a Rainbow is about 20 years. No matter what people buy they are going to spend about $100 per year. The question is what do you get for the money. With a dry vacuum you get a contaminated home and re-circulated toxins. With a water vacuum you get a long lasting machine that gets your home 5 times cleaner. In addition it is an air purifier. All for about the same $100 per year.

    2. Munna78 says:

      Agreed. I really enjoy listening to Ben's podcasts but this one felt too much like an infomercial. My parents own a Rainbow and while I see some benefit of the water filter, it just doesn't seem as good as my miele when it comes to suction power. Not to mention, the rainbow is so disgusting to clean out the dirty water after vacuuming.

  36. PTRUSSELL says:

    In the podcast Brett mentioned a water filtered vacuum cleaner as probably being the best alternative to a dry vac. I did not hear any mention of a central vac system. I built a new home in 2002 and installed a central vac system with the canister located in the garage. In ten years I only cleaned the furnace filter 3 times. Way less dust. We also had wood floors throughout. I believe a system like this is far superior than any portable type vacuum cleaner.

    1. Brett Bauer says:

      Central Vacuums are certainly better than portable dry filter vacuums as they blow the toxins into the garage or basement rather than in the area you are cleaning. However, central vacuums still use a dry filter. Filters have holes and the holes plug up. Then the vacuum has a significant reduction in power. In over a decade of doing home inspections I have noticed that homes with central vacuums are on an average dirtier that homes with regular vacuums. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, people tend to not change or clean the filters very often. Another issue is the length of hose and piping. Whenever you add distance with a hose and 90 degree angles, there is a significant loss of power. The less dust you noticed in your home was probably due to hardwood floors and having a new home more so than having a central vacuum.

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  38. BrettBauer79 says:

    Thanks for the tip. The audio has been fixed. Please listen from the site or redownload podcast.

  39. Stevemartin9 says:

    Great podcast, but this week there seems to be a problem with the audio, at least for me. I've never had an issue before so I assume it's not just me. Brett's answers always started before you ended your question and there was a long pause after Brett finished his answer and you asked your next question, like there was two different recordings that were spliced together.

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