Everyday household products can contain chemicals that affect hormones (EDCs) and asthma. Unfortunately, manufacturers aren’t required to list all ingredients and terms like “organic” and “natural” are not regulated, so it can be hard to tell what’s in products and if they’re safe. Silent Spring Institute tested a wide range of consumer products to identify healthier choices. While research continues, check out these tips before you head to the store:
Plain water, baking soda, and vinegar for cleaning.
Shade, hats, and tightly woven fabric cover-ups for sun protection.
Fragrances in cleaning and personal care products.
Vinyl products, especially pillow and mattress protectors.
Antimicrobials in soap, toothpaste and other products (watch out for “antibacterial,” “antimicrobial,” “triclosan” and “triclocarban” on the label).
Stain resistant furniture sprays or clothing.
Lavender and tea tree oil.
Parabens in lotions, deodorants, shampoos and other cosmetics (look for “paraben-free”; watch out for “methylparaben,” “ethylparaben” and “butylparaben on the label).
Cyclosiloxanes in sunscreen and hair products (watch out for “cyclomethicone” on the label).
Let your elected leaders know that you value modernized chemical regulations. Twenty-eight states and Congress will be considering chemical regulations this year. To learn about national initiatives, visit www.silentspring.org/take-national-action and www.saferstates.com.
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