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Purchasing safer alternatives to hazardous products is the real answer to our hazardouswaste disposal problem. Each of us must take responsibility for the impacts caused by theproducts we buy. If one alternative doesn't do the job or seems like too much work, don'tgive up! Try another.

Many retailers now carry products advertised as "environmentally safe" or"green." You may find these to be effective alternatives and less time consumingthan mixing your own materials. However, careful examination of the label is necessary toinsure that these products are indeed what they claim to be. Currently, there are nostandards these products must meet to make environmentally friendly claims. Look forspecific statements such as non-toxic, non-petroleum based, free of ammonia, phosphates,dye or perfume, readily biodegradable, and recyclable container.

Use your consumer power, ask your grocer or hardware store to stock safer products andsuggest them to your friends.

A few simple ingredients can be used to replace most of your hazardous householdcleaning products. Baking soda, cornstarch, lemon juice, liquid soap, vinegar and boraxused individually or in combination will effectively clean, deodorize or polish throughoutyour home.

10 strategies for reducing toxics in your home:

1. Reduce or eliminate pesticide use

2. Examine your painting needs

3. Use wood preservatives only when necessary

4. Use cleaners wisely

5. Avoid aerosol products

6. Avoid chemical air fresheners

7. Re-use solvents

8. Use water-based products instead of petroleum or chemical based products wheneverpossible

9. Buy or rent a hand snake for unclogging drains

10. Read product labels

WaterSaving Tips

In the bathroom

In the Kitchen

Lawn or Garden

In the Garage

Written by: City of Santa Monica


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