If, like me, you live in the United States, the law are not very strict regarding the use of chemicals. From lawn care sprays all the way down to our furniture, chemicals are present. Use these simple tips to keep your family's exposure to chemicals as low as possible.
1. Make a no shoe rule. Shoes can easily track pesticides in and spread them around your home. Although your yard and garden may not have any, neighbors and public places are not as promising. The sure fire way to keep those pesticides from getting spread to every room is to ditch the shoes at the door.
2. Vacuum the floors. Particles of chemical flame retardants and other chemicals break free and plague your home in the form of dust. Keeping up with all that dust helps to avoid having your children put it in their mouth with that dropped lollipop!
3. Buy non-treated pajamas. The way to be sure that you are not buying pajamas for your kids that are doused with chemicals is to buy the ones with the big yellow tag that say they are not treated. They are the tight fitting cotton pajamas. Some other polyester types may not be treated as well, but you have to call the company to find out.
4. Grow as many houseplants as possible. I wrote about ten of the best types for keeping air clean here.
5. Clean with vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar works just as good if not better than any all-purpose cleaner on the market, and for those really difficult spots (like the tub!) Scrub with bakng soda, and then follow up with a spray of vinegar. These are amazing cleaners, and they are safe enough to eat!
Try these ideas for a simple and easy way to reduce your family's chemical exposure, but before you leave also join Safer Chemicals Heathly Families (Their sign-up is in my sidebar.) They are doing a great job to lobby for laws that would make our chemicals safer once and for all.
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The ABCs of Raising Eco-Friendly Kids Part 1 from the Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Natural Hairbrush Cleaning from Adorned from Above
Knitting for Beginners From madebyjoey
Recycled Lids Checkers by An Idea on Tuesday
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