Getting the nursery ready?
A few tips to make the nest green.
Before sanding or stripping paint, know if your house or apartment has been painted with lead-based paint. Contact your county lead program for information on testing and safely renovating. Contra Costa County’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Project information is here.
Same goes for refinishing old furniture. Test before sanding or stripping. Expectant mothers should avoid solvents and fumes. If it must be a mom job, select low VOC products. Know that carpeting and furniture made with pressed wood or fiberboard can off gas formaldehyde and other chemicals. Consider safer options.
For general cleaning, select safe products for the job. Check the Good Guide online here.
Inside and out, switch to safer practices to discourage and eliminate pests. UC Davis maintains an excellent site on identifying creepy crawlies and developing an integrated pest management plan here.
An excellent summary of simple steps to a healthier home for baby from Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Out of Harm’s Way project is here.