What's in your rabbit chicks?

Sufficient poisonous merchandise to take out your vacuum.

I'm this mud bunny proper now, considering it's ugly, however not significantly apprehensive about what seems to be a pile of canine hair. However in keeping with Hayward Rating individuals, it's rather more than that; "What we name" mud "is definitely a fancy mixture of particles, dander, pollen, fibers, heavy metals, chemical compounds, mould spores, and so forth."

They cite client chemical compounds in indoor dusts: a quantitative meta-analysis of US research, which discovered:

Indoor mud is a reservoir of chemical compounds for business client merchandise, together with many compounds that will have identified or suspected well being results. Nonetheless, most mud publicity research measure few chemical compounds in small samples … Our outcomes point out that US home mud systematically comprises chemical compounds of a number of courses. Phthalates appeared on the highest concentrations, adopted by phenols, RFRs [flame retardants], fragrance and PFAS [perfluoroalkyl substances]. A number of phthalates and RFRs had the very best residential inputs. We additionally discovered that many chemical compounds within the mud share some hazard traits akin to reproductive toxicity and the endocrine system.

The examine concluded that "the indoor atmosphere is a refuge for chemical compounds related to reproductive toxicity and improvement, disruption of the endocrine system, most cancers and different results on the well being".

The Hayward Rating crew has formulated good suggestions for decreasing publicity to dangerous chemical compounds, together with:

Make the surfaces "clear". Declutter to scale back areas the place mud can accumulate.
Wash your palms and palms ceaselessly and at all times earlier than consuming. Use atypical cleaning soap (non-antibacterial.)
Mud the surfaces often with a moist washable microfibre or an electrostatic fabric.
Clear flooring often with a moist washable microfibre fabric or an electrostatic fabric.
Repeatedly vacuum the carpets and rugs with a excessive effectivity particulate air cleaner (HEPA).
Change your furnace air filter with a MERV 11 (or equal).
Buy an air air purifier with a charcoal filter.

TreeHugger Melissa Breyer additionally made a great checklist and added "a no brainer: take off your footwear earlier than coming into the home!"

The Hayward crew wouldn’t have preferred the Victorian interiors, which might require excessive uncluttering. They had been additionally stuffed with particles and chemical compounds from the fuel lamps and the fireside. However they don’t personal any of these chemical compounds that our trendy properties and we’ve got the chance to keep away from, and ask why these chemical compounds are in our properties within the first place. We will make decisions that cut back our publicity to them.

Phthalates are chemical compounds used to melt vinyl, however they’re additionally current in nail polish and private care merchandise. You should buy phthalate-free merchandise; you may keep away from the vinyl.
Flame retardants are current in mosses and furnishings; Beforehand, they had been necessary, however you may keep away from them through the use of pure supplies or searching for manufacturers and not using a delay.
Phenols are current in cosmetics and lotions and might be prevented.
PFAS include anti-stain, anti-stick and Glide dental floss and might be prevented.

TreeHugger Melissa had a listing of strategies for conserving all these chemical compounds out of your private home:

Change outdated foam merchandise and furnishings, particularly these made earlier than 2005, which usually tend to include flame retardant chemical compounds. Foam furnishings is now broadly obtainable with out flame retardants, due to adjustments in California's flammability requirements.
Go for furnishings product of wooden and pure fibers. (I at all times counsel shopping for classic)
Buy carpets and furnishings that haven’t been beforehand handled with stain-resistant chemical compounds.
Keep away from nonstick pans and cookware. Decide for stainless-steel or forged iron.
Scale back quick meals and fatty take-aways. These meals typically are available packages handled with PFC.
Keep away from scented cleansing and private care merchandise.
Don’t put on footwear at dwelling and use a pure fiber mat.

I really feel higher about my rabbits as a result of we are likely to agree with our fridge magnet, so it's finest to not depart this stuff apart. In one other article, the Hayward Rating Staff lists 6 steps to scale back mud at dwelling, all smart, my favourite being:

Declutter and Tidy Up

Muddle and trinkets are mud magnets! Take away litter from surfaces and flooring to assist reduce mud. Don’t ignore piles of garments, toys, magazines, books or the rest, because the cleansing round them is not going to maintain the mud that has settled on them. It is usually essential to maintain your cabinets tidy. Garments and materials lose plenty of fiber, so it's good to place them in garments baggage, containers and bins. As a bonus, the decluttering of your closet additionally helps to stop the formation of mould.

However first, I’ll suck these stairs.

Sufficient poisonous merchandise to take out your vacuum.

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