Cleaning Can Be 100% Non-Toxic

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first, shall we? Much of indoor air pollution comes from common household cleaning products. From aggravating existing asthma to causing the development of respiratory problems, and exposure to cancer-causing chemicals, the potential dangers are numerous. However, it’s entirely possible to scour your home from top to bottom using non-toxic products. Plenty of web sites recommend using pantry items such as baking soda and distilled white vinegar to do your dirty work, but not all of those do-it-yourself cleaners are backed by science. Instead, you can find alternatives to toxic cleaners by using the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning or the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Choice labeling. As you clean, be sure to focus on areas that don’t get attention on a regular basis, such as window blinds, curtains, under sinks, inside the dishwasher, and the tops of closets and shelving units. As you work, throw out or give away whatever you can. Remember: the less clutter, the less dust!

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