Healthy Home Checklist: A Toxin-Reducing Guide

Kris Carr and the Environmental Working Group sent an excellent article today on how to reduce toxins in your home. For the entire article, plus a printable checklist, click here.

The short version of the article is this: we are surrounded by toxins, especially in our own homes! That is something we can easily start taking care of NOW. You don't need to do them all at once, but you'll want to implement as many as you can, as fast as you can. These are super easy ways to start detoxing your environment today.

Here is a list from Kris' article, with several good links to EWG's resources included. I recommend ALL of these!

  • Filter your tap water. Check EWG’s online tap water quality database for local contaminants and a filter that removes them, if needed. Click here to look up your water.
  • Kick the bottled water habit. For water on-the-go, get a reusable water bottle, like stainless steel (not plastic or aluminum lined with plastic). Click here to learn more.
  • Eat organic. Remember our little chat last week? Check EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to be sure you buy organic when pesticide residues are highest.
  • Say no to fragrance. We don’t know what’s in “fragrance,” so it’s safer to choose all fragrance-free personal care products. Always check ingredient lists to be sure. Learn more. Switch to essential oils for all your good-smelling needs.
  • Check your toothpaste. Choose fluoride-free for kids younger than 2 and teach older kids to rinse and spit; fluoride is toxic if swallowed. Also, pick a paste without triclosan—you’ll see it on the ingredient list. Learn more about fluoride and triclosan.
  • Ditch extra products. Less is more. Skipping cosmetics like hair spray and detangler (tip: don’t wash out all your conditioner), air fresheners is less toxic—and cheaper! Learn more at EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database
  • Use greener cleaners. It’s hard to know without a full ingredient list, which most products don’t have. Find greener cleaners at EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
  • Ditch compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They contain mercury and should be handled and disposed of with care. Use them where there’s no danger of breaking near children; clean up broken bulbs quickly and safely. Learn more.
  • Are your furnishings frightening? Learn more about what chemicals might be hiding in your sofa or mattress here.
  • Dr. Frank Lipman shared the 20 ways he keeps his home from becoming a hotbed of toxins.