How Environmentally Friendly Is Your House?

11 Questions
Friendly Quizzes & Trivia

Be sure you're at home when you take this, because you'll have to get up and look at the labels on some products you use!

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Go get your laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent.  Do either of them contain either of these chemicals: Trisodium nitrilotriacetate (NTA), or phosphates?Trisodium nitrilotriacetate (NTA) might cause cancer.
    • A. 

      Both of them

    • B. 

      One or the other

    • C. 

      Neither

  • 2. 
    Do your mothballs have either of these in them: naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene?Both of these might cause cancer.
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      I don't use mothballs

  • 3. 
    Check out some or all of the following for xylene: scuff remover, graffiti, spray paints, adhesives.  Do they have any?Xylene can cause memory loss and is extremely toxic.
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      Some of them do

  • 4. 
    Check out the labels on any abrasive cleaners to see if they have any  silica in them.  Do they?Silica can cause cancer if inhaled while in a fine dust form.
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 5. 
    Check out any paint strippers you have for methylene chloride.  Is there any in one of your paint strippers?Might cause cancer.
    • A. 

      No

    • B. 

      Yes

    • C. 

      I don't have any paint strippers - I've never needed to use them.

  • 6. 
    Take a random cleaner such as duster or disinfectant and check to see if it's concentrated (it has not water added, so you're getting your money's worth).
    • A. 

      It is concentrated.

    • B. 

      It isn't concentrated

    • C. 

      It doesn't say

  • 7. 
    Is it organic (not just natural or green)?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      Nope

    • C. 

      50%-99% organic

  • 8. 
    Is it biodegradable?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 9. 
    Is the container recyclable?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

    • C. 

      Yes in general but not recyclable in my area

  • 10. 
    Does it say anything like "Use caution" or  "warning" where it says how to use the cleaner?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 11. 
    To make homemade cleaners, what can you use?
    • A. 

      Baking soda, distilled white vinegar, highly acidic organic fruits, vegetable oil, biodegradable organic soap

    • B. 

      Baking soda, distilled white vinegar, aromatic plant oils, lemons, olive oil, and plant based liquid soap

    • C. 

      Baking powder, vinegar, acidic fruits, cooking oil, soap