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Home safe home : protecting yourself and your family from everyday toxics and harmful household products

Author: Debra Dadd-Redalia
Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Home Safe Home offers more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances we are exposed to in our own homes. Whether you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression, or if you worry about the link between increased use of toxics and the rising rate of cancer, the many suggestions in this book can make your life virtually toxic-free!
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Genre/Form: Popular Works
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Debra Dadd-Redalia
ISBN: 087477859X 9780874778595 0874778646 9780874778649
OCLC Number: 35637761
Description: xvii, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
How to use this book --
1. How safe is your home? --
How to determine if a product is toxic to you --
Why you should be concerned about household toxics --
New studies show household toxics really are toxic --
Reading product labels --
Household hazardous waste : the first step --
2. Indoor air pollution --
Air filters --
Automobile exhaust --
Secondhand tobacco smoke --
Combustion by-products : gas appliances, kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and woodstoves --
Asbestos --
Radon --
Plastics --
Lead --
Formaldehyde --
Electromagnetic fields --
Smoke detectors --
3. Household cleaning and laundry products --
Drain cleaners --
Oven cleaners --
Furniture and floor polishes --
Silver polishes and other metal cleaners --
Ammonia and other all-purpose cleaners --
Basin, tub, and tile cleaners --
Mold and mildew cleaners --
Disinfectants --
Rug, carpet, and upholstery shampoos --
Spot removers --
Dry cleaning --
Chlorine bleach --
Laundry detergents --
Fabric softeners --
Spray starch --
Dishwasher detergents --
Glass cleaners --
Scouring powders --
Air fresheners and odor removers --
Dishwashing liquids. 4. Home and garden pest control --
Lawn care --
Garden pesticides --
Rat and mouse killers --
Household insecticides --
Insect repellents --
Mothballs --
Lice shampoos --
Termiticides --
As a last resort --
5. Water --
Bottled water --
Water filters --
6. Drugs and medications --
Arthritis, fever, and aches --
Heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea --
Allergic hay fever --
Colds and coughs --
Insomnia --
If you must take medications --
7. Beauty and hygiene --
Denture cleaners --
Feminine deodorant sprays and douches --
Hair spray and styling mousse --
Shampoo --
Mouthwash, toothpaste, and toothbrushes --
Astringents and toners --
Nail polish and nail-polish removers --
Hair-removal products --
Hair colors --
Permanent waves --
Tampons and sanitary pads --
Contraceptives --
Perfumes and aftershaves --
Antiperspirants and deodorants --
Bubble baths --
Soap and other skin-care products --
Cosmetics --
Sun protection --
Talcum powder --
Toilet paper and tissues --
Lubricants --
8. Food --
Coffee --
Meat, poultry, and eggs --
Milk and dairy products --
Fats and oils --
Fish and seafood --
Sweeteners --
Food poisoning --
Food irradiation --
Cookware --
Dishware --
Food storage --
Microwave ovens --
Barbecued and broiled foods --
Alcoholic beverages --
Vitamin and mineral dietary supplements. 9. Textiles --
Clothing --
Beds and bedding --
Shower curtains --
Footwear and shoe care --
Luggage and bags --
Fabrics, yarns, and notions --
Irons and ironing-board covers --
Kitchen and table linens --
Bath linens --
10. Home office and art supplies --
Epoxy, rubber cement, and "Super Glue" --
Typewriter correction fluid --
Artists' colors --
Computers --
Copy machines, computer laser printers, and plain paper facsimile machines --
Paper --
11. Home furnishings --
Houseplants --
Paints and finishes --
Carpeting and flooring --
Furniture --
Light --
Wallpaper --
Window coverings --
12. Babies and children --
Cribs --
Diapers --
Babies' and kids' clothing --
Baby food --
Toys --
Baby-care products --
13. Pet care --
Flea control --
Pet food and nutritional supplements --
14. Finding a safe home --
Appendix A. Harmful effects of common substances --
Appendix B. Household poisons --
General precautions for using household poisons --
Emergency action for household poisonings --
Recommended resources --
Mail-order sources --
Directory of product manufacturers --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Debra Lynn Dadd.
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Home Safe Home offers more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances we are exposed to in our own homes. Whether you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression, or if you worry about the link between increased use of toxics and the rising rate of cancer, the many suggestions in this book can make your life virtually toxic-free!

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