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Avoidable Exposures: Consumers


Fighting for a safer environment at home, in the community, and at work

Safe Household Products

 

Baking Soda - An excellent cleaner and deodorizer, available in supermarkets and health food stores.

Borax - An excellent disinfectant, available in supermarkets and health food stores.

Distilled White Vinegar - An excellent cleaner, available in both supermarkets and health food stores.

Essential Oils - Essences distilled from plant oils, essential oils are less allergenic than synthetic fragrances. They add a pleasing fragrance to your cleaning formulas. Available at health food stores.

Hydrogen peroxide - An alternative to bleach, available at supermarkets and drugstores.

Lemon juice - An excellent cleaner, available in both health food stores and supermarkets.

Liquid Soaps - An alternative to harsher detergents and other cleaning agents, available in health food stores and supermarkets.

Pumice Stone - Excellent as a stain remover, available in health food stores, drugstores, and supermarkets.

Sodium Perborate - An alternative to standard bleaches made with sodium hypochlorite, available from chemical supply companies.

Sodium Percarbonate - Also an alternative to standard bleaches, available from chemical supply companies.

Trisodium phosphate (TSP) - A powerful cleaning material, TSP can be irritating and caustic; it does not pose long-term health hazards such as carcinogenicity, neurotoxicity, or reproductive effects. Be aware that some products with the name TSP on their container do not actually contain Trisodium phosphate. Available at supermarkets, drugstores, and hardware stores.

Washing Soda (also known as sodium carbonate, soda ash, and sal soda) - A strong cleaner, available in supermarkets and health food stores.

Zeolite - This naturally occurring mineral is an excellent deodorizer and available from G&W Supply, 1441, W. 46th Avenue #31, Denver, CO 80211, (303) 455-8834.

References:

Steinman, David and Epstein, Samuel, The Safe Shopper's Bible, MacMillan: New York, 1995.

CONTACT:
Samuel S. Epstein, M.D.
Chairman, Cancer Prevention Coalition
c/o University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Public Health, M/C 922
2121 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612

epstein@uic.edu

 


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