For more information about specific chemicals, you can search the ToxFAQs database.
Cut It Out
The best thing you can do to prevent toxic exposure is to stop buying products that contain dangerous chemicals. This can either mean using commercial brands that manufacture their products without these chemicals, or making your own cleaning products out of simple, non-toxic ingredients. Switching to less toxic products not only benefits the health of your loved ones, but the health of the environment as well! View recipes for some safe and cheap homemade cleaning products online.
Don’t Believe Everything You Read
because a product claims to be ok for you or the environment doesn’t
mean it is true. Labels such as “natural,” “environmentally friendly,”
“eco-safe,” “green,” and even “non-toxic” have no legal definition and
can be found on products that are anything but. However, there are
certain certifications and labels that can be trusted. Consumer Reports
has compiled this website evaluating the meaning of various labels.
Get Rid of It, But Don’t Just Toss It Out
Now that you have decided to make the change to cleaning products that
are safer for your family and the environment, you’ll probably want to
dispose of leftover toxic cleaners or their empty containers. Don’t just
throw these in the trash! Once in the landfill, these chemicals can
leak out and contaminate the soil and groundwater, posing serious
threats to people and the environment. In Whatcom County these chemicals
are handled by the Disposal of Toxics program. To get more information
about proper disposal call 360-380-4640.