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Toxic Carpet Solution? Green Quest #4

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If you have a new(ish) carpet and the smell is bothering you, what is the best solution?

Carpeting is a sinkhole of allergens and toxins, and factor in many cases of indoor air pollution and irritants. Toxic chemicals in carpets can range from glues used to attach the carpet to the floor, antimicrobial/fungicidal pesticides, and 4-phenylcyclohexene (4-PC) from latex binders, to volatile organic chemicals.

What is the solution? There is one simple thing you can do that can make all the difference in the world.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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  • It is also worth investing in mats
    for areas that are walked on more often, such as hallway carpets. This can
    protect your carpet from damage caused by dirt coming in and out – mats are far
    easier and smaller to clean than your whole carpet, so you could save yourself
    a lot of time and hassle.

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  • Brian Pearce says:

    Thanks For This Post, was included in my bookmarks.

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