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Be the Woman You Want to Be by Elisabeth Wilson, Infinite Ideas

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118. Always read the label

If it comes in a box, can, bottle, packet or canister, it’ll have a label to go with it. So get informed on what’s inside your day-to-day household products.

Are we living with a toxic timebomb? Who really knows, but you can cut back on household chemicals by learning about the worst offenders.

These days we shake our heads over the daft Elizabethan women who cheerfully sported lead-based make-up, the Romans who were poison-metal mad and the Victorians who advocated smoking for health reasons.

But are 21st century lifestyles any better? Research from bodies such as Greenpeace has found high levels of chemicals in all kinds of common products including children’s clothes and toys, household paints, cleaners, computers, ...

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