One of our largest priorities as a parent is keeping our children safe. However, many children are exposed to harmful chemicals from everyday products their families use within their own home. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now monitors more than 298 environmental chemicals that have been found in humans, including many used in consumer products.
Here are the most common household products that can contain harmful ingredients:
- Nonstick pans: Non-stick pans contain trace amounts of a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This chemical has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals and the non-stick lining can get into your food if the pan is scratched or chipped. Use cast iron or stainless steel cookware instead.
- Air fresheners: These can contain toxic chemicals, such as phthalates, that can aggravate people with respiratory problems like asthma. Even those labeled “pure” and “natural” have been found to contain phthalates, which can cause hormonal abnormalities, reproductive problems and birth defects.
- Sunscreens with oxybenzone: Oxybenzone is one of the top skin allergy triggers. Research on animals suggests that chemicals in some sunscreens may cause health problems when they penetrate the skin. Instead, opt for a sunscreen whose active ingredients are Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide and contain no parabens, phthalates, lanolin, mineral oil, petroleum or waxes, like our baby sunscreen lotion.
- Fabric protection spray: If you use fabric protection sprays to protect against stains, you are essentially creating a barrier of harmful chemicals that will eventually wear off and be released into your home. Instead, clean stains as they happen instead of trying to prevent them.
- Beauty products: Many beauty products contain harmful ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates and triclosan. Look for cosmetics with mineral-based pigments and natural oils. Choose soaps and shampoos free of chemicals such as triclosan, which has been found in animal studies to alter hormone regulation.
- Perfumes: If perfume is listed as an ingredient in any of your products, it can translate to a compound made up of almost 300 chemical ingredients. Our products contain a fragrance that was derived from a carefully selected blend of ingredients, was formulated free of known sensitizers, and is 100% phthalate-free.
- Cleaning products: You’ve probably heard that some cleaning products contain hazardous toxins, as they are some of the worst offenders. When buying cleaning products, avoid chemical ingredients such as phthalates and chemical surfactants.
- Insecticides: Many of the products we use to kill pests are also harmful to humans. Just one example is Raid, the popular ant and roach-killer spray. It contains cypermethrin, a known eye, skin and respiratory irritant and has negative effects on the central nervous system. Use natural or organic products instead.
We know this list can seem overwhelming, so try changing out one product at a time. Although it’s impossible to rid your home of every single environmental chemical, by eliminating products with known harmful ingredients, you are taking the necessary steps to keep your family safe and healthy!