But what can you do? In this modern age toxic products in the home have become the norm. They are easy to find, aggressively advertised and often on special at our local super market. It is nearly impossible to remove every chemical from our household. (Actually, it is possible, but also challenging and not always practical.) That said... there are simple changes you can make to dramatically reduce household toxic chemicals without hurting your budget or becoming an anti-chemical zealot.
There are 2 key areas where you can target to eliminate toxic products from the home: bath and beauty and general cleaning agents. (Food could also be a category all its own, but merits its own blog post.) Before we delve into these categories, it would be best to start with a general rule of thumb...
Look for red flags. When selecting products for the home, read the label carefully. Look for 'signal words' that indicate high risk. Signal words to watch out for include 'caution,' 'warning,' 'danger', and 'poison.' Trust us, manufacturers don't put these terms on the label because they are benevolent. These are legal obligations based of FDA regulations and subsequent liability. Warning, danger and poison are the biggest red flags. Caution is a bit of a gray area and can simply address common sense recommendations, as in: 'Caution - do not set this product on fire and leave the room.' Cautions are usually less insidious, though still worth noting.
Bath and Beauty Products