Household Environment Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Healthy Homes – The Problem of Lead

    Healthy Homes – The Problem of Lead

    On June 9, 2009, Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, MD, MPH, issued The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Healthy Homes. The Call to Action tackles a host of safety issues in the home, from falls down stairs to burn injuries to drowning in bathtubs.

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  • Gas Stoves, IQ, & ADHD

    Gas Stoves, IQ, & ADHD

      According to a groundbreaking new study, preschoolers with gas appliances in their homes scored lower on cognitive tests and were more likely to have ADHD than their peers. Researchers visited the homes of 482 babies in the first twelve weeks of life to count gas appliances in the homes and to install a device […]

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  • Do-It-Yourself Recipes for Natural Cleaning

    Do-It-Yourself Recipes for Natural Cleaning

    Ready to make your own non-toxic cleaning products that are good for your family and the environment? Here are four recipes for success.

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  • Eight Natural, Do-It-Yourself, Household Cleaners

    Eight Natural, Do-It-Yourself, Household Cleaners

    It’s easier than you think to cut down on the toxic chemicals in your home. Here are eight common, non-toxic ingredients for natural, do-it-yourself, cleaning products that are good for your family and the environment.

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  • Earth-Friendly Household Cleansers

    Earth-Friendly Household Cleansers

    Keep your home clean and fresh, your baby safe, and the planet a little greener by using cleaners free of chemicals, solvents, dyes, and fragrances. Look for products that are labeled nontoxic, chlorine and phosphate free, and that are biodegradable, such as those made by these companies:

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  • Bringing the Outdoors In

    Bringing the Outdoors In

    I love it when I hear television interior designers talk about “bringing the outdoors in” and greening up a home with houseplants. Decorating your house with lush green plants does so much more than spruce up your living room. Houseplants are magnificent air purifiers, and they’re a great, inexpensive resource for reducing indoor pollutants.

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  • Chemicals in Your Environment

    Chemicals in Your Environment

    Parents are often surprised when I tell them that a great number of the products we use in our homes are not necessarily evaluated and declared safe by a government entity. The paints that cover your walls, the stain-resistant fabric that covers your furniture, the very carpet under your feet… these things can contain toxic […]

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  • Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Christmas Toys

    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Christmas Toys

    I have wonderful news about toys! The exciting, groundbreaking CPSC reform act, overwhelmingly approved by both the Senate and the House this summer, starts the countdown toward safer toys for your children. This act bans lead and toxic phthalates in children’s toys and requires third-party safety certification before toys go on the market. Plus, you’ll […]

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  • Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Holiday Toys

    Dr. Greene’s Buying Guide for Holiday Toys

    I have wonderful news about toys! The exciting, groundbreaking CPSC reform act, overwhelmingly approved by both the Senate and the House this summer, starts the countdown toward safer toys for your children. This act bans lead and toxic phthalates in children’s toys and requires third-party safety certification before toys go on the market. Plus, you’ll […]

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  • BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter

    BPA: Clearing Through the Clutter

    There is an intense ongoing debate about the safety of bisphenol –A, or BPA, an ingredient found in many plastic products including many baby bottles and reusable water bottles. BPA acts like a hormone in the human body. More than 90 percent of us do have small amounts of BPA in our bodies.

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