Every home should be a safe haven. With a little know-how and some ecofriendly choices, you can keep your home environment free of unhealthy toxins, and avoid adding contaminants to the air, water, or soil in your neighborhood.
What you can do: Replace BPA-containing water bottles and sippy cups with glass, metal or ceramic; cut back on canned food; favor nonplastic food and beverage containers.
What you can do: Buy fragrance-free laundry detergent and avoid air fresheners, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets.
What you can do: Avoid products labelled "antibacterial," use cleaners without unhealthy chemicals.
What you can do: Switch to liquid soap and avoid using antibacterial products.
What you can do: Check product labels to see if you’re exposing yourself to phthalates.
What you can do: Choose unscented products, avoid synthetic air fresheners and plug-ins.
What you can do: Mix your own cleaners; support companies that disclose what’s in their products and use simple ingredients, not harsh chemicals.
What you can do: Pick plant-based detergents that list all their ingredients.
What you can do: Avoid cosmetics with terms such as nano-, micronized, microscale, or fullerenes. Consider a sunscreen that’s not invisible.
What you can do: If you’re planning on putting a new floor in, choose a greener version. Otherwise, focus on more well-established chemical threats while further research clarifies this issue.