But I had two unexplained miscarriages and started research possible explanations, including environmental exposures. Then, once pregnant, I became a little bit fanatical. Okay, a lot fanatical. To the point that when my son was born 5 weeks early, after confirming that he was indeed healthy, I started wondering about whether he was being exposed to any toxic chemicals in the hospital. I think my husband chalked it up to post-birth delusions. Since then, it has been quite an adventure trying to reduce my kids’ toxic chemical exposure in the context of our hectic lives. I’ve had some successes, and a couple of spectacular failures – like the time I tried out a new homemade dishwasher detergent. It coated every item in the dishwasher with a white film that took a couple of scrubbings to remove. My husband still chortles over the fact that my homemade dishwasher detergent recipe resulted in a colossal waste of water and a lot of extra work. But I have learned quite a few simple steps to reduce toxic chemical exposure in the home, and I’m excited to share them with you.