Harmful Chemicals in the Home


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Indoor air pollution is steadily increasing, and our animals are even more vulnerable to toxic airborne chemicals than we are. Long term chemical exposure can lead to respiratory problems, skin diseases, various other diseases affecting organs such as the liver and kidneys, and even cancer.

We can make our homes more environmentally healthy for our pets by using products that contain fewer toxic chemicals. The following list provides the names of products that may contain airborne chemicals and some healthier alternative products.

CHEMICAL SOURCESSUBSTITUTES PaintsLow toxic water based paints (low VOCs), casein Synthetic CarpetsNatural materials such as sisal, seagrass, coir, wool (untreated with lindate, etc) Vinyl FlooringCork, linoleum VarnishesBeeswax, linseed oil, unfinished wood Cleaning ProductsWater & vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide Fabric SoftenerAvoid using (due to amount of chemical emissions) Plywood, Composition BoardsSolid wood, Exterior plywood only Room DeodorizersCloves, lavendar, scented flowers, open windows GlueUse wood glue instead of solvent - based glue. Ventilate house. Synthetic PesticidesClean & vacuum regularly.
Close off any openings in home.
Avoid building materials around foundation that could attract insects. Laundry DetergentsUnscented products, biodegradable


  • Environmental Protection Agency 800/438-4318, www.epa.gov/iaq/
  • Environmental Health Clearinghouse 800/643-4794
  • Washington Toxics Coalition 206/652-1545, www.watoxics.org
  • National Pesticide Telecommunications Netword 800/858-7378, http://ace.orst.edu/info/nptn/index.html
  • National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides 202/543-5450, www.beyondpesticides.org

Deena Caruso, author, teacher, & distributor of natural pet products Helps pet owners create healthy, happy pets. To receive FREE “Pet Pointers" Newsletter, go to: http://www.healthyfoodforpets.com deecaruso@cox.net Ph: 760/758-7963, 877/877-0665


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