I was happy to pair up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness about the importance of chemical reform in the United States. I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating. Did you know that more than 80,000 chemicals have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment? That’s pretty scary, especially when you have little ones who can be more susceptible to exposure. I can’t help but picture a small child wondering through a toxic minefield. Even after they get past the crawling phase, they still tend to handle more things and put more things in their mouth than we do.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976 and has never been updated. Some people might assume that the chemicals used to make products sold in the U.S., like toys and food containers, are regulated and tested for safety — but they are not. Over 80,000 chemicals are currently available for use in the market. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) grandfathered in 62,000 chemicals when enacted in 1976 and over 20,000 have since been added. The EPA has required very few of these to be tested for their impacts on human health and the environment. Now is the time to update the regulation on these chemicals.
Because of this, we’ve gone to using environmentally safe products to do almost all of our cleaning. As a Toxin Freedom Fighter I’ve signed this petition to support chemical reform, and I hope that you will too! They need less than 20,000 more signatures to reach their goal!
Here are some great tips to kick toxins out of your home
Get rid of dust. Not only is dust bad for allergies, it contains hazardous chemicals! Even things that have been used years ago can linger in the dust. Our goal is to get rid of our carpeting this year, which holds lots of dust and other allergens. Until then, we vacuum twice a week and wipe down surfaces frequently with microfiber cleaning clothes.
Ditch pesticides and herbicides. This is a hard one – especially when you live in places that don’t get real winters to cut the bug population down! We try not to use too much, and pick environmentally friendly options. We keep the house clean and sealed to keep pests away.
Filter your tap water. Filtering your tap water is often healthier than using the plastic bottled water. As an added bonus, it’s less expensive! We keep stainless steel bottles for when we need to take our water “to go”.
Wash your hands. In addition to minimizing germs, you’ll also minimize the chemicals. No need to use anti-bacterial soap, regular soap and water work just fine! Frequent hand washing is a great habit to instill in your children as well.
Use non-toxic cleaning products. Seventh Generation makes a great selection of products, as do many other companies. Or, you can make your own with items that most people already have on hand. You can check out some great recipes here.
Eat organic, eat healthy. As important as it is to keep outside toxins away, we want to keep them away from inside our body as well. Stay away from processed foods, and buy produce at your local farmer’s market when you can. Better yet, try your hand at growing your own food!