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Nontoxic spring cleanup.

Nontoxic Spring Cleanup

Many chemicals used in conventional household products pollute our
indoor air. Below, some suggestions for a safer, greener spring.


Conventional and Most are made from Ecover, Naturally Yours,
antibacterial petroleum, a Seventh Generation
dish detergents nonrenewable resource; laundry and dishwashing
and hand soaps, fragrances may cause detergent; thorough
disinfectant and irritation and trigger hand-washing with plain
all-purpose allergic reactions; some soap and warm water;
cleaners; laundry detergents contain Earth Power Herbal
detergents, alkylphenol ethoxylates Disinfectant; AFM
fabric softeners, (APES), suspected SafeChoice Super Clean;
stain removers hormone disruptors. Vermont soap works or
 Antibacterial cleansers BioShield Cleaner. To
 promote growth of soften fabric, add 1/4
 resistant bacteria cup of vinegar or baking
 soda to wash cycle; for
 stain removal, try
 soaking in water mixed
 with borax, lemon juice,
 or white vinegar

Chlorine bleach Highly caustic in the Ecover or Seventh
 environment can create Generation
 organochlorines, fragrance-free
 suspected carcinogens non-chlorine bleach uses
 as well as reproductive sodium hypochlorite,
 toxins also healthier for water
 supplies (see p. 4).

Pesticides such May cause harm to Use least toxic controls
as Dursban/ nervous and hormonal such as boric acid (see
chlorpyrifos, systems; may trigger p. 4); for specific
(now banned), respiratory problems pests, see Product
and diazinon and cause serious eye Reports at
 and skin irritation;
 possible cancer risk

Old paints May cause learning and Use paints with labeled
(containing lead) behavioral problems; low or no VOC (volatile
or high-VOC brain- and organic compounds) and
paints nervous-system damage; natural paints made from
 respiratory problems. renewable raw materials


To safely dispose of pesticides or paint, call your local solid-waste
agency or 800cleanup (, the National Pesticide Information
Center at 800-858-7378, or the National Lead Information Center,
800-424-5323. Never pour unused product down any indoor or outdoor
drain or put in your regular trash.

Personal Care


Used widely in fragrances, deodorants, nail polishes, hair produces and lotions.

Various members of this family of chemical plasticizers have been found to produce cancer of the liver and birch defects in lab animals.

Phthalates often "hide" behind the term "fragrance"; choose products labeled "fragrance-free" or that are scented exclusively with pure botanical or essential oils.
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Title Annotation:The Best Of The Green Guide
Author:Matei, Andreea
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2003
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