- Get rid of conventional cleaners:
Most conventional cleaners contain dangerous ingredients including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, harsh acids, and hormone disrupters linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, and eye and respiratory irritation.
The solution: Use nontoxic, biodegradable cleaners free of synthetic fragrances. Most cleaning jobs can also be done with baking soda and vinegar.
- Filter your water:
The public water supplies in 19 of America’s largest cities delivered drinking water that contained contaminated levels exceeding EPA limits, including rocket fuel, arsenic, lead, fecal waste, and chemical by-products created during water treatment.
The solution: Get a water filter, and ask your water utility for its "Consumer Confidence Report." But avoid bottled water – most brands are not much better than tap water and the bottles contribute to mountains of waste. Carry and refill your own reusable water bottle instead.
- Use care with paints/stains:
Conventional paints contain three dangerous chemicals: VOCs, fungicides, and biocides.
The solution: Use super-low or even zero-VOC paints and stains. Look also for "biocide-free" paints and those that use natural pigments. If your home was built before 1970, consider having both your home and your children’s blood lead levels tested. Paint over lead-based paint to minimize dust and chipping.
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