Earth Day offers opportunity to ‘detox’ homes

April 21, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. April 21, 2011

King County’s EcoConsumer program is taking the cleansing trend one step further with the Earth Day Detox.

The six-step regimen is intended to help residents detoxify homes in ways to protect health and the environment.

King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson, alongside nonprofit groups and government agencies, is encouraging residents to review the detox steps through Friday, Earth Day.

“Each day we’ll give you another step to help make your home a safer place, whether it be evaluating the contents of your medicine cabinet or sorting through the chemicals gathering dust in your garage,” Watson said. “The program will also give advice on how to properly dispose of toxic products and suggest greener and safer alternatives.”

The detox plan includes the following steps:

  • Step 1: Clean “green”: Change out chemical-heavy household cleaners for “greener,” safer alternatives.
  • Step 2: Purge the garage: Properly dispose of leftover oil-based paints and household hazardous waste.
  • Step 3: Do an about face: Check your cosmetics and hygiene products for toxic substances.
  • Step 4: Buy organic, garden organically: Reduce use of chemical fertilizers, use more compost and shop for organic products.
  • Step 5: Uncover hidden toxins: Reconsider products with questionable chemicals, such as vinyl shower curtains, mothballs and nail polish.
  • Step 6: Take back your meds: Properly dispose of all unused or expired medications.

Participate in the Earth Day Detox on Facebook, too.

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