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  Children in at least 4 million U.S. homes are currently being exposed to high levels of lead. Exposure to lead can cause lifelong negative health effects in children, including brain damage and developmental delays. It’s very difficult to avoid every lead exposure because the chemical is used in so many things. We need policymakers […]
Top Tips for Avoiding toxic flame retardants
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning consumers, especially pregnant women and young children, to avoid kids’ products, electronics, mattresses, and home furniture that contain certain toxic flame retardants, known as organohalogens.
Late summer is fruit fly season in my house.  All those beautiful summer fruits we love so much this time of year bring with them some baggage – fruit flies! 
Feeling unsure about what materials are safest to use for your nursery or child’s room? Follow these steps to create a room that is healthy for everyone in the family! 1. Remodeling?  Be very careful with old lead paint. If your home was built before 1980, it’s likely to contain lead paint. Don’t do the […]
Read about choosing safer mattresses and changing pads.
How toxic is my disinfectant? Should I use a disinfectant to clean the kitchen and bathroom? What should I do about mold growing in my house? How toxic are laundry and dishwashing detergents? How toxic is chlorine bleach? What can I use instead? Which cleaning products are the most toxic?
Most people agree that eliminating toxic chemicals from the home is a healthy choice. Yet, one of the most common things I hear from friends (including my husband) is that going toxic-free is too expensive, especially these days when household budgets are tight. But a toxic-free lifestyle doesn’t have to be one that only a few can enjoy.  There are many ways to protect our families from toxic chemicals without breaking the bank. Nobody knows these easy, cheap tips better than Toxic-Free Future’s own staff and board. So we asked our coworkers and board members about their favorite low-cost tips to eliminate harmful chemicals in the home.
Plastics are ubiquitous, cheap and convenient, but come with a hidden cost: they leach chemicals that contaminate our food and drink, and they create enduring pollution. The best thing to do is minimize your use of plastic, especially in the kitchen. Where you can’t avoid plastics, get to know how to choose and use safer ones with these essential tips.
Common ingredients such as baking soda and liquid soap can be used for a host of jobs around the house. Try these recipes as alternatives to hazardous cleaning products!
Families with college-age kids are checking off their Dorm Essentials lists and packing up the car for that iconic family event – College Move-In Day. Here are some tips to reduce your college student’s exposure to toxic chemicals in their new digs and making a healthy college dorm room for them.