Are Homes Toxic?

 


Article by: Rachel Lower

My husbands cigarette box, courtesy the government, lists a handful of ingredients: Tar, Nicotine, Carbon , Robotic Vacuum Cleaners, Sit Back, Relax and Let Them Do the Work monoxide, Formaldehyde, Hydrogen cyanide, and Benzene. There are probably more to list, but the flap is only so big. Many families with smokers have taken measures to keep their children (or themselves) away from smoke. They take it to one ventilated room, , So You've Put an Offer on a Home. What's Next? take it outside, , Tools - About Buying, Using, and Maintaining Your Tools or for the ultimate and only full protection they wisely abandon smokes forever.

You're no doubt aware of that, considering all the media attention on a cigarette's toxic fumes. What you may not be aware of is the "ingredient list" of everything that remains in your home. , Which Ladder Should You Choose? There are still dangerous fumes in homes , Air Purifier Basics everywhere, and I'm not talking about so and so's habit of breaking wind.

Our homes , Bathroom remodeling tips have their own toxic sludge, even sharing some "ingredients" with cigarettes, like Formaldehyde!

Did you know?

*Wrinkle-free sheets contain formaldehyde. Your mattress probably does too!

*Some bath towels contain toxic chemical residues.

*If a family members workplace has issues with asbestos, , 10 Things You Must Know When Building or Renovating lead, or other toxins, said toxins can be carried home! , Which Ladder Should You Choose?

*That "new car smell" is Vinyl chloride, a known carcinogen.

*Is your house , Subtle Ways to Actually Rule Over Your Cat over 30 yrs. old? Until the '70's many paints, , Laminate Flooring - Should you Pick Glued Or Click? floor , Subtle Ways to Actually Rule Over Your Cat finishes, and possibly more home , How To Install Furring Strips to Concrete Walls renovation supplies still contained lead.

*Do you have a wood , Aluminum Patio Tables Durability deck or swing set in your back yard , Quilts to Last put in before 2004? Weather , Taking A Closer Look At American Indian Beadwork resistant lawn , Sand Filters for Swimming Pools items made before a certain 2004 (US) ban contain arsenic.

*Most popular home , Tools - About Buying, Using, and Maintaining Your Tools cleaning products , Skip Troweling Method for Textured Ceilings contain Volatile organic , Laminate Flooring - Should you Pick Glued Or Click? chemicals (VOCs) which are linked to various medical problems including cancer.

Craig Mouldey, the Wood , Storage Barns Flooring Guy (http://www.woodflooringguy.com/) says, "there are many products , So You've Put an Offer on a Home. What's Next? in our homes, , Show Off Those Curtain Rods including plywood, the core of cabinets, and likely even laminate , Taking A Closer Look At American Indian Beadwork that use a urea-formaldehyde adhesive." Your furniture, , Taking A Closer Look At American Indian Beadwork your carpets, , Bathroom Ideas Bathroom Remodeling Tip: Heat Your Bathroom Tile! pretty much everything made by man contains VOCs.

The National Academy of Sciences estimates that 15% of the population currently suffer from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Environmental , Tools - About Buying, Using, and Maintaining Your Tools Illness due to the toxic environments , Air Purifier Basics we live in. So many home , Quick Tip: How-to Remove Common Stains Like Oil, Fat, and Tomato Sauce toxins are in fact, like cigarettes, linked to cancers and other debilitating illnesses. The next front in health may be the home , Wood Boilers: An Improvement on the Traditional Wood Stove front.

Tips for Clearing the Air , ICE DAMS: What To Do? in Your Home

-Avoid chemical products , Double Your Space With Closet Organizers and cleaners

+Instead use common baking products , Home Automation Enhances Your Lifestyle and Saves Money - Exciting Home Automation Applications like vinegar and baking soda or purchase "all-natural" non-chemical cleaners. If you have a closet full of chemicals, call , Home Remodeling - Some Useful Tips your local , Radiant Barriers Cut Heating Bills government office for information , Installing Retrofit and Replacement Vinyl Windows about their disposal. They consider these items hazardous waste!

-Avoid the use of aerosol sprays (Includes hygiene products! , Efficient Showerheads - Isn't It About Time You Started Conserving Water, And Energy, And Money )

+Search for alternatives to aerosol cleaners and hygiene products. , Home Automation Enhances Your Lifestyle and Saves Money - Exciting Home Automation Applications If you're an air , What is an Interior Re-Designer and How Can They Help Me? freshener addict you can substitute it with an open box of baking soda in every room. , Quick Tip: How-to Remove Common Stains Like Oil, Fat, and Tomato Sauce You can use herbs , Owner Builders! Save the Dollars Build Your Home and Have Your Dream! as potpourri. For more substitutions see this page from NY's DEC website. (http://www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dshm/redrecy/hhw1.htm)

+Keep up on maintenance of furnace, air , Concrete Cutting: An Insight To Concrete Core Drills and Concrete Core Drilling conditioners, etc. Consider investing in some kind of air , Subtle Ways to Actually Rule Over Your Cat filter or cleaner.

+Ventilate high humidity areas such as bathrooms. , Bamboo Flooring: The Grass is Green In fact, ventilate the whole house weather , What is an Interior Re-Designer and How Can They Help Me? permitting. Recent studies show indoor air , Bedroom Art with Good Feng Shui: Selecting Appropriate Images for Your Bedroom pollution is worse than outdoor, , Installing Retrofit and Replacement Vinyl Windows even in the big city.

+Have your home , Concrete Cutting: An Insight To Concrete Core Drills and Concrete Core Drilling tested for radon gas, , Tips on Installing a Beaded Curtain mold, lead, asbestos , Central Heating - Balancing Radiators and other more common pollutants.

+Use solid wood , Show Off Those Curtain Rods or at least seal any plywood or particleboard.

+Install hard floors , Bathroom Ideas Bathroom Remodeling Tip: Heat Your Bathroom Tile! and use very few rugs. , Bamboo Flooring: The Grass is Green Hard floors, , Central Heating - Balancing Radiators which you can wipe clean, won't harbor VOCs residue from cleaners and aerosols like carpets , Skip Troweling Method for Textured Ceilings do. Choose stone, , Skip Troweling Method for Textured Ceilings tiles , Subtle Ways to Actually Rule Over Your Cat or hardwood floors , The Mighty Dust Mite and How To Deal With It with nontoxic varnishes.

Also, when making purchases for your home , Buying Good Quality, Cheap Futons be it bed , Subtle Ways to Actually Rule Over Your Cat sheets or renovation plans, , Robotic Vacuum Cleaners, Sit Back, Relax and Let Them Do the Work google for product , Tips on Installing a Beaded Curtain information and read labels to find out about the products , Quick Tip: How-to Remove Common Stains Like Oil, Fat, and Tomato Sauce safety. Look for "low-emitting," "pesticide free,""no outgassing" or "no offgassing," and other related key phrases.

You won't be able to keep out all chemicals, but you may be able to reduce the VOCs in your home , Radiant Barriers Cut Heating Bills by making environmentally , Affordable Alluminum Fences friendly choices whenever possible. More than ever there are companies devoted to making safer products , Home Remodeling - Some Useful Tips for your home. , What is an Interior Re-Designer and How Can They Help Me? By being VOC-conscious you'll also reduce the amount of hazardous waste being dumped into landfills when the time comes to dispose of your less hazardous belongings. As an unrelated but added bonus the time it takes to research products , Central Heating - Balancing Radiators may prevent unnecessary purchases that would just add clutter to your home , Air Purifier Basics and put a hole in your pocketbook. Being toxin conscious thus has a myriad of positive effects!

Being a smart and toxin-aware shopper will help you clear the air , Robotic Vacuum Cleaners, Sit Back, Relax and Let Them Do the Work in your home. , Storage Barns You can make the world a little safer for your family and community.

Useful Resources

CHEC http://www.checnet.org/ Indoor Air , Efficient Showerheads - Isn't It About Time You Started Conserving Water, And Energy, And Money Pollution Fact Sheet* http://www.lungusa.org/site/pp.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=117535 *Presently includes contact info. to obtain a free pamphlet containing more household products , Wood Boilers: An Improvement on the Traditional Wood Stove and their associated risks. VOCs info. from the EPA http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html
Must Include Byline {active links, too) to Reprint: Rachel Lower is a freelance writer and web designer, , Double Your Space With Closet Organizers and Editor-in-Chief of Christian-Mommies.com. Visit her at http://www.rachellauer.com/

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