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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hints for Reducing Your Exposure to Chemical Toxins

Some beauty and personal care products contain chemical ingredients that may cause skin and/or hormonal reactions.  Look for products that do not contain ingredients like mercury, aluminum, lead, toluene, formaldehyde, parabens, pthlates, or triclosan.  Instead switch to extracts which are organically grown and personal care products whenever possible like Artistry cosmetics.

Household cleaners may contain toxic chemicals.  Drain, oven, and toilet bowl cleaners are some of the worst.  Try finding effective natural alternatives that use white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, baking soda, lemon juice, or other environmentally friendly products like Legacy of Clean.

Many dry cleaning chemicals contain hormone disrupting nonylphenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates.  For garments that require dry cleaning, look for an environmentally friendly dry cleaning service and remove garments from the plastic bags for a few hours before wearing them to let them air out.

As we enter lawn care season consider this.  Mowing, watering, and fertilizing lawns contribute to approximately 2% of our nation’s fossil-fuel consumption and 10% of its air pollution.  Many chemical lawn treatments use a weed killer called atrazine that is a known endocrine (hormone) disruptor.  Why not look for environmentally friendly alternatives?
Unsafe and Untested Chemicals in Your Home


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