Scientists are finally recognizing that chemicals found in a wide variety of the goods we use every day may be more toxic than previously thought. In part because of the array of chemicals used to manufacture things we use in our daily lives, the National Poison Data System estimates 4 million cases of poisoning in the United States each year [source: American Association of Poison Control Centers].
Environmental Working Group Cleaners Database – Hall of Shame (PDF)
We’ve pulled together the latest research* for an overview of the information about common household products, their toxicity, alternatives to their use, and disposal suggestions. We hope you find this service of value.
Common Household Toxins
|Air Fresheners/Deodorizers||Oven Cleaners|
|Bleaches, Laundry||Pesticides (insect, rodent & weed killers, fungicides)|
|Cleaners, General Household||Polishes, Shoe|
|Detergents, Dishwashing/Laundry||Polishes/Cleaners/Waxes, Automotive|
|Drain Cleaners||Polishes/Waxes, Wood-Furniture-Floors
If you wish to learn more about the health impacts of individual toxic chemicals found in household products, please go to ATSDR ToxFAQs (ATSDR = Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry). ToxFAQ’s is a series of summaries about exposure to hazardous substances and the effects of exposure on human health developed by the ATSDR Division of Toxicology. Each fact sheet is searchable by chemical name and serves as a quick and easy-to-understand guide.
Also, see the book, “How Toxic Is Your Home?” by Debra Lynn Dadd
On her web site you will find more than 1000 links to products that benefit your health and the environment.
* Special thanks to two Summer 2011 volunteers, Micaela Kaiser and Caitlin June Baird, for much of the background research to produce these pages!
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