Environmental Health
Healthy Home Environment
  Healthy Home Environment  

A typical home contains dozens of products that can harm human health or the environment during their use and disposal. These products are used in cleaning, home improvement, automobile maintenance, lawn and garden care, hobbies, and many other tasks.

Select from the topics below to find out what you can do to make your home a healthier place to live.


Common Sense Gardening (CSG)

Find out about water conservation and techniques to keep pest and vegetation problems low enough to limit or eliminate reliance on chemical control. For more information, see Common Sense Gardening or choose a topic below:

Household Hazardous Materials

Find out about safer alternatives and disposal of hazardous materials, see Household Hazardous Materials or choose a topic below:


Plastics are everywhere. Toys, clothing, food packaging, personal care products, furniture; all of these items and more may contain plastics with a potential to leach harmful chemicals. Lean what you can do to make safer choices when purchasing or using plastic products. ...more

Protect Kids from Toxins

Learn about the many things you can do to make a healthier environment for your child, inside and outside your home. ...more

Healthy Homes Program

Healthy Homes volunteers visit homes and child care centers to help identify and reduce exposure to environmental health hazards. ...more

Tacoma Smelter Plume

The former Asarco copper smelter in Ruston, Washington, released arsenic, lead, and other harmful chemicals throughout the Puget Sound region. Learn how to reduce contact with contaminants in dirt. ...more

Education and Outreach

The Environmental Health education team offers publications, presentations, and guest speakers on a variety of topics. ...more

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This page last updated: 08/28/19