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WHAT EXACTLY IS IN ALL OF THE HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS I USE–AND IS IT HARMFUL?
July 25, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Info, Green Tips

Ever wonder if that oven cleaner or lighter fluid or antibacterial soap or kitty litter really is bad for you?  And if it is, what is the ingredient that makes it so harmful?  Who would possibly track that sort of information?

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services now has a Household Products Database whose sole purpose is to provide health and safety information on household products. 

Not only do they list common products and their harmful ingredients, but they also list the name of the  manufacturer, their address and their phone number.  Cross references are available for other products by the same manufacturer, products with similar usage and products with some of the same ingredients.

Try the database here.  You may–or may not– be glad you did!



JUNK MAIL: IT NEVER STOPS COMING
July 11, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Tips

Junk mail.  It’s like cockroaches.  It will never go away.  Unless you make it stop.   Use some of these excellent tips from CharityGuide.org  to remove your household from current lists–and keep it from happening in the future.



PLANNING FOR YOUR COLORFUL FALL GARDEN
July 4, 2010, 7:00 am
Filed under: Gardening

Reblooming and late blooming perennials can be featured in fresh and exciting fall gardens. Attractive seed heads and foliage colors add to the scene; cooler nights and days make gardening more pleasant and the lower setting sun backlights many scenes. DuPage County Master Gardener Don Obuch will discuss these topics and will place special emphasis on native asters and ornamental grasses. 

WHEN:  July 21, 2010, 7-8 p.m.
WHERE:  Poplar Creek Public Library,  1405 Park Ave., Streamwood, IL 60107
WHO:   Presented by the Tri-Village Garden Club
Call 630-289-4253 to reserve a seat.