July 2013

Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Posted by Titan on July 24, 2013

The most effective way to avoid VOCs and toxic chemicals is to make your own cleaning products.


Most are easy and just as effective:

  • Baking Soda – cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
  • Soap – unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.
  • Lemon – one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
  • Borax – (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
  • White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
  • Washing Soda – or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol – is an excellent disinfectant. 
  • Cornstarch – can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
  • Citrus Solvent – cleans paint brushes, oil and grease, some stains. (Citrus solvent may cause skin, lung or eye irritations for people with multiple chemical sensitivities.)

Most cleaning products have VOCs. But, the main ingredients to avoid include:

* Benzene
* Methylene
* Chloride
* Perchloroethylene
* Tetrachloroethylene
* Ammonia
* Chlorine
* Pertroleum-based chemicals

REMEMBER: Even the all-natural products need to be kept in a safe place, away from children and animals.

Indoor Plants to Purify Air

Posted by Titan on July 17, 2013


Indoor plants clean air naturally and return oxygen to the air. They regulate air humidity, eliminate toxins, and filter chemicals.

These ten plants are the most effective, all around, in counter-acting off-gassed chemicals and contributing to balanced internal humidity:

* Areca Palm * Reed Palm
* Dwarf Date Palm * Boston Fern
* Janet Craig Dracaena
* English Ivy  * Peace Lily
* Rubber Plant * Weeping Fig
* Australian Sword Fern

Planning a Home Renovation?

Posted by Titan on July 10, 2013

Protect Yourself from Indoor Contaminants

If you’re not “in the industry”, not a lead-safe worker, and not properly trained, you are risking your health and the health of those within arms reach of your home renovation. Sure, you could throw on a respirator and zip-up in a protective suit, in an attempt to decontaminate your home, but do you really know what you’re doing?

It may seem easier than it actually is and many home and business owners do attempt to do the work themselves. But, if it isn’t done safely and correctly, you’re not only putting your health at risk, but your children’s, your pet’s, and the health of anyone else who might be close by.
If you are dealing with a pre-1978 home or building, you will most likely encounter lead paint. Lead dust is the leading cause of lead poisoning in children-leading to hyperactivity, lower IQ, Attention Deficit Disorder, other adverse health issues, coma and even death.Most children come into contact with lead dust because of a dusty, dirty home or daycare, renovation work at their home, or because a parent brings it home on their clothes from work. This is an enormous concern because it only takes a very small amount of lead dust to poison a child and forever change their life. Know the facts before you take the risk.
Change Your Way of Living & Better Your Environment

1. Understand airborne pollutants and where they come from.

Airborne Pollutants could include: dust, mold spores, pollen, dust Mites * pet dander, bacteria & viruses, carbon monoxide, odors, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde, pesticides, household cleaners, exhaust fumes, smoke, lead, asbestos and more.

2. Eliminate and/or neutralize the pollution source.

What you can do to eliminate most of these toxins:
– Use non-toxic cleaning products-free of VOCs.
– Incorporate many indoor plants to filter the air.
– Regularly air out your home.
– Minimize pollution-no lawn chemicals, pesticides, etc.
– Stay away from major contaminants.
– Install an air purification system.

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Top 7 RRP Violations Resulting in Hefty Fines

Posted by Titan on July 3, 2013

Did you know? Most RRP fines from the EPA are due to improper paperwork and not following the basic guidelines? Failure to comply could result in fines of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation per day.

1. Failure to establish and maintain records.
This is the #1 violation. You must keep all records for all work you have performed, records for all certified workers and proof they were certified during the job, proof they were the ones on the job, proof of compliance, and post-renovation cleaning verifications. Take pictures, get signatures, document, document, document!2. Failure to comply with work practice standards.
This is very specific information that covers a wide-range of work practices. Including, but not limited to:
* Use of machines designed to remove paint or other surface
coatings through high speed operation without a HEPA
vacuum attachment.
* Failure to contain waste from renovation activities.
* Failure to contain work area, including windows and doors.
* Failure to contain lead dust.

3. Failure to comply with training requirements.
You must obtain a training course completion certificate.4. Failure to provide the lead hazard information pamphlet, Renovate Right, to the property owner.
Document this! Obtain a signature, take a picture of yourself delivering it to each address, email a copy, and retain this documentation for 3 years.

5. Failure to obtain firm certification.
These are simple applications to the EPA and State.

6. Failure to ensure trained individuals performed the renovation.

7. Failure to post signs.
You must post signs clearly defining the work area and warning occupants not to enter prior to beginning work. Take a picture!

Lead-safe work practices are critical to reducing exposure to lead-based paint hazards and avoiding potential lead poisoning.

And remember, RRP compliance is an inexpensive solution to an expensive problem.

If you are a contractor or have employees who work on pre-1978 homes and have not taken the RRP certification class or need a refresher course: