Choosing non-toxic products and practices to clean your home and care for your yard and gardens is safer for people, pets and wildlife. Turn a critical eye on the labels of the products you use. Many people buy and stockpile cleaning and gardening products that are considered hazardous, without even knowing it. Look for these signal words on the labels: caution, warning, danger, poison, flammable, reactive, corrosive, or toxic.
Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of these products, as their bodies and brains are developing rapidly. Their little bodies proportionally take in more potential pollutants, and their bodies may process them differently than adults.
WLSSD’s Healthy Homes program can offer presentations, workshops and an informational display offering local families simple ways to keep their homes clean and safe by using alternatives to toxic chemicals, plus disposal tips for unwanted products.
For more information, contact WLSSD’s Healthy Homes educator.