Recently, I saw a local news story on the topic of toxins in the home. Although I have heard these concerns in the past, I personally haven’t looked into the issue with much detail. After seeing this news story, however, I knew I had to get more information.
I have done some searching online and am surprised at the lack of information that is provided on many products that are used every day to wash our homes, our bodies and store/cook our food. A lot of products we use in the house are alarmingly labeled as a health concern or have “no data provided”. Apparently, it’s not necessary for all chemicals to be tested before they are released to consumers. So, the assumption that if it’s being sold, it must be safe, isn’t always true.
Now granted, it doesn’t mean that the product is dangerous either. However, I’m starting to feel that I would rather be safe than sorry. I’m not planning on throwing out our nice cookware and replacing all our Tupperware. I will likely make slow and steady changes as I make future purchases. We are already taking precautions in our house to not microwave our food in plastic. I even have some green cleaners in our house, although this is more related to a unique skin contact allergy that I have.
In any case, I think I may start replacing some of our cleaners & personal hygiene items with safer options. It has an added benefit of being better for the environment, although this is not my top priority. The amount of information available on toxins in the home is overwhelming. Below is a listing of some awesome resources I found that can help your family make informed choices. If this is a topic you have ignored in the past, I encourage you to just take a look at some of the information.
Particularly the Department of Health and Human Services Household Products Database. You can look up products you use in your home and find ingredient information. And don’t feel pressured to throw out all the cleaners under your bathroom sink, just make sure you are an informed consumer.
Safety Guide to Children’s Personal Care Products Skin Care/Personal Hygiene – listing of personal hygiene products that are safer for your family Environmental Protection Agency Safer Product Labeling Program – provides a listing of home cleaning products that are safer for your family and the environment Department of Health and Human Services Household Products Database – provides information on ingredients and product safety/health risks. Read also my post on a much-needed vacation.