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Is Your House Toxic? Part Two

Posted Mar 07 2011 10:35am
Okay, so I know last week I said "tune in tomorrow" for how you can do your own home-detox.  And then a week went by! I got some big news (no, not pregnant) that kind of distracted me (in a good way) and I fell off the consistency wagon. 

Annnywhooo, here you go. Have fun!
1. Pull out all your cleaners and products you use to clean, fragrance and disinfect your home.  Lay them out on a garbage bag or plastic tarp on the floor.
2. Pick out any eco-friendly, natural or homemade products which contain no chemicals and set them aside. Congratulate yourself on making these choices.
3. Download my handy chart (I love charts)  here and fill out for each product.
NOTE: many of these products will have incomplete ingredient lists, or none at all.  If this is the case, go to the company's website and search for "product information" on their website. If this still gets you no results, you have two options:
a)  You can call the company directly and ask them to email/mail you a list of ingredients in that specific product. I had a very hard time getting someone on the phone to give me information on their products without a long explanation of why I wanted it.      OR b) You can Google the product and "ingredients" and check out some of the results. Be cautious however, as searching for information like this can be a bit like looking for a medical diagnosis on the internet -- lots of unconfirmed and contradictory information.
A good source of information on the web for household products is Household Product Database .  It's similar to the Environmental Working Group's Cosmetic Database but for cleaners and household chemicals.
4. Once you have your lists of ingredients, you might be feeling overwhelmed at how many words you've never heard before, and how many of them are in each of your products. Take a step back and pick TWO products to focus on.....just two. You can do it!
5. Go here and download the chart, one for each product you will go in depth on, and begin filling it out. This is where your handy-dandy internet research skills will come in handy......
6. Go back to the Household Product Database and click on their Ingredient tab . Here you will find lists of pretty much every chemical you might come across. Find one chemical from your chosen products at a time make some notes on the side effects and health concerns they list.  This is where your work really starts, and might get overwhelming or feel pointless after you see how toxic some of the items are.
7. Once you have done this, feel free to do ALL your household products --- if you feel up to it. If not, just step back and take a look at how many products you have and ask yourself if you even need to do the research, or is it just obvious how bad they are for your home? 
Once you've made the decision to replace even ONE product, it's time to dispose of that toxic one properly and seek healthier alternatives.
What are these alternatives? Check back this week for some tips! (I promise, I won't make you wait a week!) xoxoxodevan
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