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Charcoal House carries the most diverse line of activated charcoal products in the world. From household and municipal water filters, to sophisticated air purifiers in hybrid electric cars and space suits, to USP grade charcoal used in Emergency Rooms and natural supplements, to soaps and toothpaste, and food coloring in jelly beans, fancy chocolates, and cheese slices, and much, much more, activated charcoal is working behind the scenes to Purify Your World®.

We invite you to explore some of the wide range of products that are frequently used in and around our homes that use charcoal, that is activated charcoal. It is estimated that activated charcoal impacts us directly or indirectly twelve to twenty times every day. The uses and benefits of activated charcoal are so extensive that one manufacturer has coined the phrase “A thousand applications today, a thousand and one tomorrow.” The history of charcoal and its impact on humanity can be traced back to ancient Egyptian times when it was used to preserve timbers from rotting and dead “mummies” from stinking. Today, in the 21st century, charcoal sits at the table in the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies and has a reserved seat on the first manned flight to Mars.

Now to clarify at the outset, we are not talking about charcoal briquettes that are made primarily from coal and volatile chemicals and binders, with a little charcoal mixed in. When we say activated charcoal (aka “activated carbon”) we are primarily talking about simple charcoals, made from renewable sources such as hardwoods, coconut shell, or bamboo, that are then “activated” to give the charcoal particles a significantly increased surface area.

Imagine turning a block of wood into a sponge of the same size. The outside dimensions of the sponge are not changed, but the internal surface area has been increased multiple times. The same is true for more sophisticated activated charcoals made from wood-based fabrics, resins and pitch. With all activated charcoals, the feature in common is a tremendously increased surface area. It is not uncommon for a teaspoon of an activated charcoal to have a surface area equal to a football field. It is that huge surface area that science and industry capitalize on to design thousands of different products to remove unwanted contaminants, whether it is in the water we drink, in the air we breathe, in the food we eat, or in the soil we grow our food in.

Here is just a small sampling of products that use activated charcoal to purify your world:

Water Filters

As far back as 450 B.C. explorers would char their wood staved water barrels to keep their water fresh while sailing across the unknown oceans. Today charcoal continues to purify the water we drink using whole house water filters or table top charcoal pitchers. Astronauts also need to drink water and at $8,000 to $10,000 to blast a pound of water up to the International Space Station, that water needs to be recycled as many times as possible. You can see why, from the start, explorers planning their trip to Mars, or across the immeasurable ocean of space beyond, are making room for the humble charcoal. Times have changed dramatically, but not charcoal.

Air Filters

A couple hundred years ago, doctors would have plates of finely ground charcoal powder, made from willow saplings, spread on plates and distributed in different hospital wards to purify the air contaminated with putrid odors. Today, industry has developed highly efficient activated charcoal air purifiers not only for hospitals, but also for car and home applications, for coal-fired generators, nuclear power plants, nuclear submarines, and… space suits. Our Fire Brand™ products go places you would not have imagined.

Odor Control

A pound of condensed air costs the same to ship into space as it does for water or anything else. Once there it needs to be preserved as long as possible. Even the least offensive body odors would soon become unbearable if not for some simple remedy that could neutralize them without compromising the quality of the air itself. Aerospace scientists developed an activated charcoal cloth that was woven into the spacesuit fabric and humorously named the “Toot Trapper”. Charcoal House carries a number of products under the Trademark of Pure Non-Scents® and Totally Scentsless™.

Health and Beauty

Circa 400 B.C. Hippocrates used simple charcoal to treat epilepsy, severe iron-deficient anemia, vertigo, and anthrax. Modern hospitals around the world have activated charcoal on hand as an antidote for a host of poison applications. It is also used in breast cancer surgery, kidney and liver dialysis machines and wound dressings where antibiotics will not work, just to name a few of its varied medical uses. The ancient Egyptian beauty queen Cleopatra used charcoal in her facial cleanser. Today bamboo charcoal is used in facials, soaps, deodorants, toothpastes, powders, and… well, we can’t tell you, it's proprietary.


Pets and livestock also need pure water to drink and air to breathe. They also have odor problems, get sick, or have infections that won’t heal. Charcoal House carries charcoal cat liter, aquarium charcoal, bird charcoal grit, Dog biscuits, and VetDtox™.

Gardens and Farms

Contamination of garden soil is becoming more and more common as it is for commercial agribusiness. Pesticides, herbicides, chemical spills, over applications of fertilizers can all kill your soil and your hopes for a crop of tasty home grown tomatoes or strawberries. What works for pineapple plantations, poinsettia greenhouses, golf courses, will also work even more effectively for your lawns, orchids, and organic gardens. Our Soil Dtox™, Charcoal Green®, and Pure Biochar™ products deliver the organic remedy for sick soils.  Further, charcoal builds up carbon-depleted soils after years and years of non-organic methods of farming. Charcoal has a Carbon Positive footprint – it actually takes carbon dioxide (as well as nitrogen) from the air and holds in the soil.

It is estimated a 640-acre farm could retain the equivalent of 1,800 tons of carbon dioxide in the soil by simply adding charcoal/biochar back into the soil. That's the annual emissions created by about 340 cars. That is one reason why Tim Flannery said, “Biochar may represent the single most important initiative for humanity’s environmental future.” (The Weather Makers).

Charcoal – a Super Natural Product

Now that you understand a bit of the history and amazing science behind this space age tool of technology and the wonder of modern medicine, you may fairly ask, “Is charcoal really a natural product?” Charcoal is just as natural a product as cold-pressed olive oil, or maple syrup, or condensed milk. In fact, it is Super Natural. Got Charcoal?

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