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5 Household Toxins You Should Banish from Your Home

To save money, protect your health, and help the environment, give these toxic tenants an eviction notice.

By Leah Zerbe

tags: HEALTHY HOME, HOMEMADE CLEANERS



RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—Cleaning house doesn’t mean nasty chemicals have to pollute your home. Your next home cleaning campaign or daunting do-it-yourself projects can be done without poisoning the air or tainting your local water supply. Most of our safer alternatives will even save you money, too.

Here are five chemical culprits to kick out of your house—and the nontoxic options that should move in instead.

1. Coal-tar driveway sealant.
If you plan to seal your blacktop driveway this spring, avoid coal-tar based sealants. They contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which studies suggest can be carcinogenic, toxic, and mutagenic. When rainwater and other precipitation hit your driveway, the toxic chemicals run off into your yard and into your local drinking water supply. In fact, this situation has been compared to dumping quarts of motor oil right down a storm drain.

Published on: April 22, 2009
Updated on: September 9, 2011



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cole tar contains polycyclic

cole tar contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which studies suggest can be carcinogenic, toxic, and mutagenic.

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For Velvetaspirations: You

For Velvetaspirations: You are not overreacting. Every ONE person can make a difference. I wish more people were aware of what is in everything that we use. I am eliminating plastics from my home and replacing with glass, stainless steel or wood. This, of course costs money, but if you do it a little at a time it will pay off in the long run. I use wax paper in place of plastic wrap. At the same time I am replacing all chemical cleaning products. My husband understands and tries to help me replace items. He knows that my convictions are for the safety & health of the family & environment. And thank you Rodale Neighbor, for all the great information you provide.

To freshen the air in your

To freshen the air in your home, put up a pot of water on the stove on simmer. Add citrus peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, etc. Keeps the air smelling fresh. (put a timer on to remind you to turn it off or add more water)

These are great tips - I have

These are great tips - I have been trying to go chemical free but my boyfriend is always saying men quotes like it doesn't matter and I'm overreacting.

I feel sometimes like lost love quotes from my past beau are the only thing keeping me going. I don't even know what to do anymore.

I've been using these

I've been using these products since forever and I never realized how harmful they are until now. Thanks for these helpful warnings and for putting alternatives.
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Namaste everyone. I also feel

Namaste everyone. I also feel we should clean all the toxins in the house to improve our health.

The comments here are very

The comments here are very useful yet high quality article information is really hard to find. Thanks for sharing this.
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I hope you can continue this

I hope you can continue this type of hard work to this site in future also..Because this blog is really very informative and it helps me lot.
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I have to admit I'm addicted

I have to admit I'm addicted to antibacterial products. Does the regular antibacterial stuff (not soap) that they have everywhere have the same effect? Not sure what's worse, the toxins in that stuff or bacteria from dirty hands when soap and water isn't available...Artikel-Marketing

good topic

No doubt it's really a great article and I felt really great going through your blog post. Great to read more articles from your side.
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Coal tar sealant is a chemical

Coal tar sealant is a chemical that should be absolutely exiled from the home. Similar to other household hazards like resin, breathing capacities can be compromised greatly; and may eventually contribute to long term, terminal illnesses as well. Replacing these options with gravel and other environmentally friendly materials, not only removes health hazards but also adds a tinge of aesthetic design to the area.

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Plants are an amazing indoor air cleaner

Leave it to Skylab scientists to figure out that good old houseplants are an easy way to remove toxics from indoor air. Learned that and other great info at a Green Living Meetup - which I wrote up in my blog. Have a look:
http://lastgenerationbc.com/2009/11/whats-wrong-with-rita-and-right-with...

hand sanitizers

The alcohol-based hand sanitizers are considered much safer than triclosan-based antibacterial products. However, even some alcohol-based sanitizers can contain harmful ingredients, like artificial fragrances, so it's best to pick unscented.

A ittle more detail, please

Could you please provide specific products we could buy to replace the chemicals mentioned? Not all of us can create our own so it would be nice to know which brands to look for. Thanks.

What about waterless hand sanitzers?

I have to admit I'm addicted to antibacterial products. Does the regular antibacterial stuff (not soap) that they have everywhere have the same effect? Not sure what's worse, the toxins in that stuff or bacteria from dirty hands when soap and water isn't available...

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