As we know, it’s not just about a non-toxic diet, it’s about a non-toxic lifestyle and reducing your family’s chemical burden from everyday (seemingly safe) products. Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families published an INCREDIBLE GUIDE to help you reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals. They have broken down something otherwise quite overwhelming into easily digestible bites for parents to take action. They provide the name of the lurking chemical, where it is commonly found, the potential health effects, and tips to avoid it. The “Mind the Store” campaign is terrific and I hope we all get to benefit from the results: top 10 big retailers taking toxic chemicals out of their products, so parents don’t have to do CIA detective work every time we go shopping. There are 4 more days to have our voices heard, so be sure to add your name, too. Here is the first chemical featured, and the link below provides more.

By, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families




This pesticide (yes, we said pesticide) is a hormone disruptor found in thousands of products like toothpaste, cutting boards, yoga mats, hand soap, and cosmetics. It can also encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, and has been found in waterways and human breast milk.

toothpaste and hand soap often contain triclosan

Check the label: avoid products with the words triclosan and triclocarban on the ingredient labels of personal care products, soaps and hand sanitizers. Triclosan may also marketed under the trade nameMicroban™ when used in plastics and clothing, andBiofresh™ when used in acrylic fibers.

Be wary of products like cutting boards that are labeled as “anti-microbial” or “anti-bacterial.”

Stick to washing your hands with hot water and soap and alcohol based hand sanitizers when on the go.


Tell retailers to stop selling products made with triclosan and other chemicals.

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