The number for Poison Control is 1-800-222-1222 no matter where you are in the United States.  Call this number for a poison emergency, and questions about poisons and poisoning prevention.  Canadian poison control center phone numbers vary by province.

For pets, call your veterinarian for immediate assistance.  You can also contact the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680.  This 24-hour line is for pet owners in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.  Caution, there is a fee of about $40 to use this pet helpline service.

Articles, Blogs, and Web Sites:

Crunchy Betty: Borax: Is it Safe or Not?
Dispose My Meds
Dr. Anne Steineman Conducts scientific studies on exposure to pollutants  
Environmental Working Group  Check out their data bases such as Skin Deep
Gaiam Life with Annie Bond
Green Alternatives to Flea Control from Natural Resources Defense Council
Healthy Stuff
How to Clean Things  A wonderfully irreverent resource
Mother Nature Network A green cleaning blog

YouTube and Other Videos On-Line:

April 22, 2011
A video that I did on making non-toxic cleaners for the local community television station includes a tour of the cleaning product aisle in a grocery store to have a look at the fine print on the labels.  It's about 40 minutes and a little long.  I'll edit it again at some point. Non-Toxic Cleaners Film  

Apr 27, 2011
A special report originally aired on CBC Canada highlighting the link between the rise in health concerns with the increase of chemicals in everyday household products, skincare and cosmetics. 
Toxic Brew - Part 1 of 2

July 20, 2010
The Story of Cosmetics examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.

Jul 6, 2010 
Watch Safer Chemicals wacky cartoon spoof of the toxic chemicals lobby, created to galvanize support for Congressional action. The characters you will meet in the video are cartoons, but the plot is ripped from the headlines.

Jun 8, 2009
It's the chemicals we use in our every day life that are killing us and we don't even know it.

Apr 20, 2009
Green cleaning and lifestyle is not only green for the environment and earth it is safe for the health your children and family.  We focus on greening the planet by regulating industry but we need to green our homes, food, and body for our health. Dr. Pompa explains the top 10 toxins that are not green or friendly to the earth or you, polluting not only the environment but causing cancer and other health problems. This is a 10 minute video, but only the first 2 minutes are about cleaners.

Jan 2, 2009
Greenwala Chief Green Officer Justine Burt interviews Dr. Ann Blake about phthalates - which products contain them and what are the better alternatives.

Jul 25, 2007
A report by a coalition of Massachusetts health organizations points blame at common household cleaners for a variety of health problems, including asthma.
Household Cleaners Causing Health Problems 


Berthold Bond, Annie.  Clean and Green.  Ceres Press, 1994.

Kolb Noyes, Amy.  Nontoxic Housecleaning.  White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2009.

Logan, Karen.  Clean Home, Clean Planet.  Gallery Books, 1997.

Sachs, Paul.  Handbook of Successful Ecological Lawn Care.  Edaphic, 1996.
(also check out other books by Paul Sachs, et al for organic sports fields and golf courses at North Country Organics, Bradford, Vermont)

Sandbeck, Ellen.  Slugbread and Beheaded Thistles: Amusing and Useful Techniques for Nontoxic Housekeeping and Gardening.  Broadway, 2000.

Siegel-Maier, Karyn.  The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning.  Storey Publishing, LLC, 2008.

Winter, Ruth.  A Consumer's Dictionary of Household, Yard, and Office Chemicals.  ASJA Press, 2007.

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