What You Can Do
While we can't avoid all toxicity, we can certainly make choices to limit our exposure, especially in our own homes.
-Use natural cleaning products such as vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and even plain water to clean your home. Check out the Environmental Working Group's Guide to Cleaning here.
-Avoid unnaturally scented products (candles, trash bags, air fresheners, household cleaners) that are often filled with chemicals and can emit as many VOCs as cars do.
-Look for low- or no- VOC products for painting, varnishing, and other household projects.
-Open windows and circulate new air to allow for as much ventilation as possible. The air in our homes can be 2 to 5 times as polluted as the air outside.
-If you are building a home, make sure your contractor is concerned with and experienced in choosing safe, renewable materials.