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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.

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