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Uses of Activated Charcoal in our Daily Lives


There are several different uses for activated charcoal in our daily lives. We are going to cover a few of them on this page. However, it is worth noting that we have produced more extensive guides elsewhere on this website if you are looking for more information.


The main use of activated charcoal is to deal with poisoning. In fact, this is not just a method that you use ‘at home’. It is the ‘go to’ solution in the medical industry.

To understand how activated charcoal works for dealing with poison, you should be aware of how it is constructed. While the grains of activated charcoal are very small, each of them has millions of tiny pores. It is these tiny pores which absorb the toxins and chemicals from the poison. It is worth noting that activated charcoal can’t deal with some types of toxic material consumption. You can’t use it for:

  • Petroleum
  • Alcohol
  • Lye
  • Acids
  • Corrosive poisons

While you can take activated charcoal for poison in the comfort of your own home, we always suggest that if somebody has swallowed poison, you go to the hospital as soon as possible. Even if you give the person activated charcoal, you will have no idea how the poison is going to impact them. For all you know, you have just bought the person a little bit of time.


Activated charcoal is often used for ‘beauty’ purposes. You can use it for the following:

  • Whiten your teeth. Yes. We know. Activated charcoal is black. However, bear with us on this one. When you apply activated charcoal to your teeth, the plaque and various other bits and pieces will bind to it. This will allow you to scrape it off. Activated charcoal is ideal if your teeth have become stained from regularly drinking coffee or smoking. Please make sure though to lightly and gently scrape your teeth so the tiny charcoal particles do not remove any enamel from your teeth.
  • Activated charcoal is known to be able to deal with acne.
  • You can use activated charcoal to make your skin appear more youthful.

For the latter two benefits, you do not need to eat the activated charcoal. Instead, just apply it to your skin. We have provided a guide on how to produce your own activated charcoal paste elsewhere on this website. We suggest you check it out.

Dealing With Gas and Bloating

If you regularly suffer from gas, perhaps due to the foods that you eat or an illness you currently have, then activated charcoal may be able to help you. Activated charcoal is one of the best gas relieving agents around, and often works better than most over the counter medications.


Activated charcoal can bind to toxins in your body. As a result, activated charcoal will often form part of a detox regime. While you are detoxing, and subsequently losing weight as a result of that detox, the activated charcoal will ensure that your liver and kidneys are cleaned of the toxins residing within them. You will be surprised at just how great you feel after a detox!

Remember; these are just a few of the uses of activated charcoal. Explore our website for more information.


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