A Healthy Environment Starts at Home

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.

WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide

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.

 Easy Steps to Reduce Toxic Chemicals

  1. Learn to identify hazardous products, and use them only if needed. Buy only what you need, not more.
  2. Find non-toxic alternatives (practices or products) that work for your family.
  3. Dispose of hazardous waste properly, at WLSSD’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

 Healthy Homes Program @ Your Site

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.

 Services available include

  • An informative display staffed by trained, knowledgeable staff at health fairs or other events
  • 20- minute presentations for groups of any size
  • A 30-40 minute hands-on workshop, typically added to the presentation, allowing participants to visit several activity stations and mix up their own non-toxic cleaners to try at home.

For more information, contact WLSSD’s Healthy Homes educator.

Healthy Homes Resources

A Healthy Environment Starts At Home booklet

WLSSD Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Guide

MPCA Create a Non Toxic Home Cleaning Kit

MPCA Reduce the Need for Pesticides