Magazine article E Magazine

Nontoxic Spring Cleanup

Magazine article E Magazine

Nontoxic Spring Cleanup

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Nontoxic Spring Cleanup

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

WHERE TOXINS        HEALTH THREAT              SOLUTIONS
FOUND

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. … 
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