The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-18
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corp
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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the air in our houses is up to five timesmore polluted than air outside--so it's clear that our homes have become fundamentally unhealthy places. But there is hope! With this guide, you'll learn the immediate changes that make your home--and your life--healthier and safer by neutralizing the toxins, radiation, and chemicals that threaten the average house. Inside you'll find: Instant-fix checklists that will immediately make your home, workplace, and school safer Room-by-room explorations of the most common and avoidable threats Special tips designed to protect vulnerable infants, children, and pets With detailed checklists that are ranked by the projected health impact of making the fix, you'll be able to make real, concrete improvements to the health of your home. Whether you make every change or just a targeted few, the decisive steps in this guide will result in a safer, more comfortable, and more livable home for you and your family.

Author Biography

Kimberly Button is the Green Living Expert for Daytime, a nationally syndicated TV show. She offers private home consultations, and has frequently spoken about how to create healthier living environments for organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America and the city of Orlando. In 2009, she was awarded the Heart of Green Local Hero Award. She lives in Orlando, FL.

Table of Contents

Top 10 No-Cost Ways to Create a Healthier Homep. 10
Introductionp. 11
How Healthy Is Your Home?p. 13
Redefining the Meaning of Healthp. 14
Causes for Concernp. 16
Where the Problems Come Fromp. 18
New Homes versus Old Homesp. 21
Do You Have to Change Your Lifestyle?p. 23
Common Household Dangersp. 25
Moldp. 26
Leadp. 28
Radonp. 32
Carbon Monoxidep. 35
Indoor Air Qualityp. 41
The Problem with Indoor Airp. 42
Dust and Dust Mitesp. 44
Heating Systemsp. 47
Air Freshenersp. 49
Keeping Your Air Cleanp. 52
Air Filtration Systemsp. 54
Water Qualityp. 59
Safe Drinking Water Actp. 60
Drinking Water Contaminantsp. 61
Testing Your Waterp. 65
Filtering Your Tap Waterp. 66
Bottled Waterp. 69
EMFs and Radiationp. 73
Radiationp. 74
What Is an EMF?p. 77
EMF Sources in the Homep. 79
Microwavesp. 81
Cell Phonesp. 82
Sunlightp. 83
Decorating Your Homep. 87
Furniture-The Hard Elementsp. 88
Furniture-The Soft Elementsp. 90
Paintsp. 92
Window Coveringsp. 94
Throw Pillows and Blanketsp. 96
Lightingp. 96
Candlesp. 97
Flooringp. 101
What Flooring Will Work Best for You?p. 102
Pros and Cons of Flooring Materialsp. 104
Anatomy of a Carpetp. 105
Hard Flooringp. 107
Area Rugsp. 110
Existing Flooringp. 112
Kitchenp. 115
Nonstick Cookwarep. 116
Plastics in the Kitchenp. 118
Avoiding BPAp. 120
Avoiding Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)p. 123
Avoiding Polystyrenep. 124
Proper Food Storagep. 126
Exhaust Fansp. 127
Cleaning Productsp. 131
Dangers of Household Cleanersp. 132
How You Are Exposedp. 133
Unhealthy Cleanersp. 134
DIY Solutionsp. 136
Purchasing Green Cleanersp. 138
Specific Cleaning Concernsp. 139
Bathroomp. 145
Shower Curtainp. 146
Shower Filtrationp. 147
Towelsp. 150
Toilet Paperp. 152
Bath Matsp. 153
Medicine Cabinetp. 154
Killing Germsp. 157
Not All Germs Are Badp. 158
Antibacterialsp. 161
Hand Sanitizers versus Hand Washingp. 164
Disinfectantsp. 166
Steam Cleaningp. 167
Personal Care Products and Cosmeticsp. 171
Shocking Truths about Cosmetic Regulationsp. 172
Avoiding Unhealthy Ingredientsp. 174
Label Claimsp. 177
Cleaning Up Your Cosmeticsp. 178
Shopping for Cosmeticsp. 180
Bedroomp. 185
Mattress Risksp. 186
Choosing a Healthy Mattressp. 188
Pillowsp. 191
Beddingp. 193
Adding Comfort and Protection to Your Bedp. 195
Babies and Childrenp. 197
Why Children Have Different Needsp. 198
Cribs and Beddingp. 199
Diapersp. 202
Bottlesp. 204
Foodp. 205
Toysp. 207
Petsp. 211
Why Pets Are More Vulnerablep. 212
Common Household Toxinsp. 213
Toysp. 214
Sleeping Areasp. 216
Bathing and Grooming Productsp. 217
Flea and Tick Controlp. 219
Cat Littersp. 221
Pest Controlp. 225
Products Designed to Killp. 226
Methods of Exposurep. 228
Human Health Problemsp. 230
Fix the Causes Firstp. 231
Alternative Ways to Kill Pestsp. 234
Less Toxic Pesticidesp. 235
Hiring a Professionalp. 237
Lawn and Gardenp. 241
Weed Killersp. 242
Fertilizersp. 245
Lawn Equipmentp. 247
Professional Lawn Carep. 249
Eco-Friendly Landscapingp. 251
Outdoor Livingp. 257
Poolsp. 258
Hot Tubsp. 260
Hazardous Materials in the Garagep. 262
Decking and Play Setsp. 265
At Workp. 271
Electronicsp. 272
Work Locationsp. 273
The Most Common Workplace Offenderp. 274
What You Can Dop. 277
Fighting for a Healthier Work Environmentp. 279
Encouraging a Healthy Schoolp. 283
Lack of Regulationp. 284
Environmental Hazardsp. 285
Parental Supportp. 289
Talking to Teachersp. 290
Suggest Alternativesp. 291
Outfit Your Childp. 293
Further Readingp. 295
Organizations That Support a Healthy Homep. 297
Indexp. 299
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