In 2016 household health and safety are more important that ever. That’s why we’ve created this guide to safe alternatives to toxic household products. Whether you’re looking for natural and/or organic cleaners, we’ve got some suggestions to help. This quick guide will briefly take you through ways to keep your lawn, laundry, kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedrooms free of toxic chemicals.
In the slideshow above you’ll get a quick look at our safe alternatives to toxic household products guide. You can download it here by right clicking and choosing “save as.” It covers all the areas mentioned above as well as some resources to help you take matters into your own hands. Here’s some basic steps and resources to get you started.
Steps to reduce toxins in your home
While it is difficult to identify a specific toxin in the home and take appropriate measures to contain exposure to it, here are some general strategies to reduce the overall level of toxins in the home:
- Only use natural cleaning products in your home. Most health food stores will have these available or you can make your own cleaning products using safe ingredients.
- Establish a ‘no shoe’ policy in your home. To drastically reduce the amount of pesticides and other chemicals that you may pick up outside, have visitors and family members leave shoes at the door. Residuals of toxic chemicals may last for years in carpets.
- Avoid using chemical pest control products. There are safe, non-toxic alternatives for controlling insect pests in the home, including many new non-toxic pest control products for the homeowner.
- Use toxin-reducing houseplants. Researchers from NASA have identified certain houseplants which are useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside homes.
- Change or clean your furnace or A/C filters, at least once every 1-3 months depending on use.
- Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances as they can pollute the air you are breathing.
Resources for searching safe alternatives to toxic household products
- Here’s a helpful guide to household products. There’s an amazing search engine available. If you’re looking for a safe product in your house to help keep pests out or to take stains out of clothes, you can find it all at this link. (http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners)
- From the perspective of operating a household with young children. This is a ‘Safe Product Guide’ that can help conscious parents find safe, non-toxic, natural and organic products for their families and homes at this link. (https://gimmethegoodstuff.org/safe-productguides)
- This website provides multiple guides and tutorials on different aspects of eco-friendly options at this link. (http://eartheasy.com/guides.html)
- ‘Easy Steps to Reduce Toxins in Your Home’ from this link. (http://eartheasy.com/live_reducing_indoor_toxins.html)
This is a quick overview of some safe alternatives to toxic household products. Make sure you download our handy pamphlet (right click, choose ‘save as’) and look for more content about household chemicals in the coming weeks here.