Detox Your Domicile
Make Your Home Product-safe & Prevent Household Hazardous Waste

Dr. Detox and Jean discussing hazards
Jean shopping
Top: Marcus G. Rivas (“Dr. Detox”), air quality and solid waste specialist for U.S. EPA Region 7, explains the science behind household products.
Bottom: Host Jean Ponzi shops the cleaning product aisle of her local supermarket—
finding hazards on all sides!

Detox Your Domicile is a positive, resource-packed half-hour program designed to educate families about hazardous waste prevention, responsible handling of toxic products in the home, and consumer alternatives to such products. Produced in St. Louis, Missouri, this show presents health and safety practices for homes in any community.

Program host Jean Ponzi, a noted St. Louis environmental educator and Green Resources Manager at the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden, picks up consumer-safety tips in the supermarket cleaning product aisle. Interviews feature a local family, a community air quality activist who suffers from asthma, and a Poison Control specialist. “Dr. Detox,” a U.S. EPA specialist in air quality and waste management, takes viewers into his lab to learn why many kinds of household products are hazardous and how anyone can make low-cost safer cleaning alternatives, using common kitchen products like baking soda, vinegar and cream of tartar. Recycling specialists from St. Louis County and St. Charles County agencies present local resources for environmentally responsible disposal of product leftovers, once they become “HHW,” or Household Hazardous Waste.

View entire program (running time 26:58) or jump to:

00:55—Chapter One: The Clemens Family
04:23—Chapter Two: Dr. Detox Discusses the Four Categories of Hazards
08:12—Chapter Three: Dangers
12:00—Chapter Four: Shopping
14:30—Chapter Five: Dr. Detox Discusses Safer Alternatives
18:22—Chapter Six: Disposal
22:51—Chapter Seven: Dr. Detox Discusses Safe Handling

View at YouTube.


Going Further

Detox Your DomicileTour your home with our Detox Your Domicile booklet. Learn to:

  • Find places where toxic products are used or stored,
  • Make a plan to reduce their use,
  • Save and properly recycle containers and
  • Learn how hazardous products relate to air quality inside your home.

Try our recipes for safe alternatives to hazardous products. These activities are great to do with kids!

The EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden and U.S. EPA offer more tools to learn about toxics! Download FREE K–12 and Community curriculum modules at The Adult/Community module features Detox Your Domicile as a participatory skit that’s educational and fun for service organizations, neighborhood meetings or workplace, high school or church group settings.

Funding for this project has been provided by the St. Louis-Jefferson Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Produced in partnership with the Higher Education Channel of Greater St. Louis.

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