The average home contains gallons of toxic materials, most of which are found in household cleaning products. There best way to avoid these chemicals is to make a conscious choice to seek out healthy alternatives and make a commitment to using environmentally friendly housecleaning products and cleaners. Many cleaning chores can be done with common household ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, salt and soap. As well as several companies produce highly effective edo-friendly household cleaning products, from dishwashing soap to carpet cleaners. Choose items that list ingredients on the label, and look for the words non-toxic, biodegradable, chlorine and phosphate free. Also keep cleaning supplies and products organized, get rid of almost-empty bottles that have been sitting in the closet for years drying up, and when hiring a housecleaner, look for someone who uses non-toxic cleaning products and ecologically wise cleaning practices.