Transform your Home Products

Making the change to natural home products can seem like a daunting task. What is toxic? What is considered “safe” or even “green”?  And how do you properly dispose of any hazardous materials you may have?

The below article features some safe & simple tips to make it happen:

Your Home and Finances

Create a non-toxic, safe home for your family and pets. Gather up all products in your house or garage that contain unsafe chemicals and drop off at your local hazardous waste facility. Switch to alternatives containing nontoxic and biodegradable ingredients (some products labeled ‘green’ aren’t really safe – look for green certification labels).

Nontoxic Home

  • Hazardous Waste: Dispose of the following products at a hazardous waste facility:
    • Building Materials – paint , varnish, paint thinner, solvents, rust remover, wood preservatives and driveway sealer
    • Automotive products – gasoline, transmission oil, brake fluid, kerosene, charcoal lighter fluid, power steering fluid, used motor oil, used oil filters, used antifreeze
    • Household cleaners – spot removers, rug cleaners, metal cleaners, bathroom cleaners, oven cleaner, drain cleaner
    • Pesticides – insect killers, weed killers, flea products, moth crystals, fertilizers with weed killer
    • Miscellaneous – photographic chemicals, acids and corrosive chemicals, pool chemicals, compact fluorescent light bulbs (mercury), mercury thermometers, Ni-Cd batteries
  • Home-Made Products: Suggested recipes for home-made cleaning products:
  • Green Certified Products: Two eco-label programs that can help you find environmentally-friendly products are the GoodGuide and GREEN SEAL.
  • Dry Cleaning: If available, clean your “dry clean only” clothes at a dry cleaning facility that uses wet cleaning techniques. Or, safer yet, avoid purchasing clothes that require dry cleaning.
  • Soap Nuts: Check out environmentally-friendly soap nuts (Sapindus) to replace your laundry detergent. It can also be used as a general cleaning soap.

Eco tip information found on: http://globalstewards.org/ecotips.htm#garden

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