It's easy to become paranoid about potentially toxic household items and products -- what's safe and what's not seems to change from day to day. Here's how to feel secure and healthy in your own home as you dig into spring cleaning.
The news media can make it seem as though every last thing is toxic, that your home is next to be infested by bed bugs that the items your children play with on a daily basis could cause irreversible side effects. "There are more than 80,000 chemicals in commerce. Rather than focusing on all of those, just be aware of what goes into your mouth or what is on your skin, as well as what is in the air we breathe, particularly at home," says Dr. Alan Greene, author of Raising Baby Green.
In other words, keep doing what you've likely been doing all along as a parent -- looking for the safest version of a toy, cup, spoon or nursery item for your child. Simply maintaining awareness about non-toxic household products is one of the best ways to keep your family safe, says Dr. Greene.
There are likely items in your home that do pose a risk to the health of your family -- and some about which you might have unnecessary concerns. According to Dr. Greene, the average American is exposed to 126 chemicals in everyday items. As you do your spring cleaning, enhance your awareness about some of the most common hazardous products and follow these tips for replacing or removing them.
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