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Eco-Friendly Wood Floor Wax
Floor wax without chemicals makes your indoor environment healthier From Larry West, former About.com Guide
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Dear EarthTalk: What are some green-friendly hardwood floor waxes I can use in my home that aren’t as toxic as conventional brands? —Pat Montgomery, Phoenix, AZ
Most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, so minimizing the use of harmful chemicals in our homes, offices and schools is important to keep the air we breathe healthy and the constructed surfaces we live on free of irritants and toxins. But there are trade-offs, as proper maintenance of most types of flooring requires that occasional waxing to protect the finish beneath our feet. Among the worst chemical offenders commonly found in mainstream floor wax are: •Cresol, which can cause liver and kidney damage if inhaled over extended periods of time •Formaldehyde, which has been linked to everything from asthma to reproductive problems to cancer, is also a key floor wax ingredient that should be avoided whenever possible. •Other hazardous ingredients in traditional floor wax are nitrobenzene, perchloroethylene, phenol, toluene and xylene. Floor Wax for a Healthy Indoor Environment

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