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Learn how to create healthy interiors! Everything you put inside your house should be as healthy as the structure itself. 

We are surrounded by chemically treated and synthetically derived items having the potential to release dangerous chemical compounds into the air. Some of these toxins are mild irritants, while others can have adverse effects on the central nervous system or can be carcinogenic. Here less-toxic and alternative products for daily living are identified, simple methods of reducing risks of irritants and hazards are discussed, and techniques to maintain a healthier indoor environment are outlined. The author, who suffers from multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) (a hypersensitivity to exposure to small amounts of synthetic chemicals), coedits an MCS support-group newsletter.
Multiple chemical sensitivity is described as a relatively recently labeled condition that is not yet accepted by much of the medical community. The first chapter briefly discusses physicians who recognize and treat chemical illnesses, sources of mail-order companies handling books about MCS, and definitions of terms, including all-natural, no volatile organic compounds (VOC), and unscented. Other chapters discuss in detail personal-care products, clothing and various fibers, and linens. "Interior Decorating" covers wall paint, flooring, cabinets, furniture, window treatments, and lighting. "Lifestyle" offers less toxic choices for stationery, wrapping paper, electronic equipment, saunas, luggage, and pets. The chapters "Cleaning" and "Housekeeping" describe new procedures for cleaning, storage, and pest control with alternative products. Purifying indoor air and testing and treating home water are covered extensively. Another chapter offers views on the ever-controversial topic of electromagnetic radiation from high-voltage power lines as well as wiring and electrical appliances in the home. Throughout the text hundreds of suggestions, alternatives, and sources are given. The extensive appendix lists contacts for utility and government help, printed material, organizations and consulting services, product sources, and specialized resources for infants and children.
The Healthy Household is a comprehensive source for anyone troubled by chemical sensitivities. The meticulous approach to making the home environment less toxic is well researched and practical. For circulating and reference collections on holistic and alternative medicine.

CopyrightŠ 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved

Toxins in the home can be the cause of unexplained headaches, fatigue, and depression. It is also widely believed that there is a definite link between the increased use of toxins and the rising rate of cancer. In this book, the author of Nontoxic, Natural & Earthwise and The Nontoxic Home & Office presents more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances found in the home.
Home Safe Home offers more than 400 tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace harmful substances we are exposed to in our own homes. Whether you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression, or if you worry about the link between increased use of toxics and the rising rate of cancer, the many suggestions in this book can make your life virtually toxic-free!

The authors list thousands of household products, personal care products, foods, and beverages--from car wax to mascara to soup and flea powder--by brand names, rating them for both short-term and long-term health hazards. Charts provide recommendations for the safest foods, toiletries, and everday household purchases.