Friday, May 15, 2009

Tolerate No More: 10 Top Toxins to Toss

Ten Cancer-Causers to Remove From Your Home , condensed and enhanced from the Care 2 site, February 21, 2009:

Given poor government regulation, many of the cleaning products available on the market contain “everyday” carcinogens such as formaldehyde, nitrobenzene, methylene chloride, and napthelene, as well as reproductive toxins and hormone disruptors. Not to mention other ingredients that cause liver, kidney and brain damage, allergies and asthma.

One of the best things you can do to detox your home is to create a non-toxic cleaning kit to use–most of the ingredients you probably already have on hand. More on this in another post.

1. Air fresheners: Often contain napthelene and formaldehyde. Try natural fragrances from essential oils.

2. Art supplies: Epoxy and rubber cement glues, acrylic paints and solvents, and permanent markers often contain carcinogens.

3. Automotive supplies: Most are toxic. Keep them safely away from the house and

3. Automotive supplies: Most are toxic. Keep them safely away from the house and dispose of at a hazardous waste disposal center.

4. Candles: Avoid artificially scented paraffin candles that produce combustion by-products, including soot. Beeswax only, with cotton wicks.

5. Carpet and upholstery shampoos: Use only wet-clean, natural ingredients. Club soda is your safest and most useful tool for soaking up stains. It bubbles them right up to the top, without leaving any sugary residue behind, that will collect more dirt.

6. Dry-cleaning: Choose clothes that don’t need perchlorethylene to clean them. Ask for the wet-cleaning option at your local cleaners, or seek dry-cleaners that use liquid C02 or citrus juice cleaners. Check out my post on Green Dry Cleaning.

7. Flea, tick and lice control: Check out my post at the All Things Dog Blog, Flea Season is Here. What's Pup to Do? Be aware that spot treatments are dangerous; read this post at Dog Travel & Lifestyle News.

8. Paints and varnishes: Always chose low- or no-VOC finishes.

9. Household pesticides: Go natural. Check out my great find here.

10. Microwaves: Never microwave or heat food in a plastic container. More on this in another post. Stick to glass.

1 comment:

memory foam mattress said...

Good list. So many potential hazards are right there in our homes, and I think most people aren't aware of many of these, such as risks with air fresheners, dry cleaning, and microwaving in plastic. There are other good reasons to minimize microwaving anyway (it reduces nutrient value in some foods). I did not realize though that the plastics release carcinogens in the process.

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