Surviving Back to School: Detoxify Your Dorm Room

Summer is winding down, and many parents and children are preparing to part ways as school resumes. Sending a child off to college is a time of mixed emotions for most parents as they struggle with the task of stepping back and allowing their sons and daughters to become independent people, while at the same time wishing they could be there every step of the way to protect and encourage them.

While many parents are secretly dreading the feeling of any empty nest, many are unaware of the poisons that are lurking in classrooms, apartments and dorm rooms.

Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than a million children are poisoned by common household chemicals and cleaning products each year? And, according to the Dept. of Preventative Medicine and Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, children exposed to synthetic herbicides early in life are much more likely to develop asthma.

The use of weed killers, pest control products and other synthetic chemcial cleaners and santizers release toxic fumes into the air and leave long-term poisonous residues on the surfaces that your children will encounter every day.

Protect your child’s health by sending them to school with natural cleaners and pest repellents that won’t harm them or the environment.

EcoSMART, founded in 1992 by Steven Bessette, offers more than 20 safe, non-toxic, natural and 100% organic pest control/repellent products. Recommended by the EPA, EcoSMART products are listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI – www.omri.org) for safe use and are included on the list of safe, non-toxic products for schools under the School Environmental Protection Act (SEPA).

Click HERE for more information about SEPA

If you’re interested in other ways to clean and prevent pests from invading your living space without poisioning your indoor air, family, pets and environment, check out these additional resources:

How to Make a Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit

Make Your Own Herbal Insecticed Sprays

You might also consider signing these petitions against products that contribute to indoor air and water pollution:

Tell Disney to Use Green Cleaners!

Boycott Scented Products

Image Credit: EcoSMART.com

7 comments

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

LMj Sunshine

Thank you for info.

Penelope Johnstone

I AM DISABLED WITH MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY, ALSO KNOWN AS ENVIRONMENTAL ILLNESS, AND IT'S RELATED SYNDROMES, CHRONIC FATIGUE IMMUNE DISFUNCTION, AND FIBROMYALGIA. TO KEEP FROM GETTING VERY ILL, WITH VIOLENT RESULTS, I HAVE TO STAY INSIDE THE HOUSE I SPENT 3 YEARS MAKING NON-TOXIC, NOT GOING TO STORES, PUBLIC PLACES OR SOCIAL FUNCTIONS, AND NOT ALLOWING PEOPLE TO COME INTO MY HOME. OF COURSE I MUST GO OUT INTO THE REAL WORLD TO FUNCTION, AND KNOW IT WILL BE AT LEAST 3 DAYS RECOVERY FOR JUST A FEW HOURS OUTING. A TRIP OUT OF TOWN CAN TAKE WEEKS OF RECOVERY TIME. IT'S A HELL OF A LONELY LIFE, I AM MISUNDERSTOOK, RIDICULED, AND ISOLATED. NOTING NEW CAN COME INTO MY HOUSE, EVEN PACAGING OF PRODUCTS CAN BE A PROBLEM, I HAVE BECOME A GREAT SOAPMAKER, AND HAVE LEARNED TO BE SELF RELIANT. I WOULD NOT WISH THIS LIFESTYLE ON ANYONE, BUT MY MIND AND BODY INSTINCTUALLY DEMAND 'SURVIVAL'.

Laurie T.
Laurie T.6 years ago

In my province, all use of chemicals such as herbicides and insecticides have been banned. Fortunately grocery shelves are being stocked with non-chemical cleaners and demand for these is helping to eliminate the sales of chemical cleaning products. We simply are no longer interested and have wisened up to going back to our ancester's ways of cleaning. Most collage students opt for using chemical free cleaners in their own dorm space, but the next step is to encourage custodians to use these same safe products. We are saturated with go-green commercials and helpful hints to a better environment, that we should start seeing changes in the use of chemical cleaners fairly soon! Vinegar and baking soda, I always say!

Helen T.
Helen T.7 years ago

You can't tell me that overuse of antibacterial products hasn't contributed to the development of resistant strains of bacteria. You can't tell me that those horrid smelling cleaners they use in institutions are healthy to be breathing the fumes of.

Lionel Mann
.7 years ago

What a load of codswallop! It is no more than advertising hogwash. Schools and colleges take great care of their charges.