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    Audit Your Pantry

    Parenting, Green Living and Family

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    12 Yucky (As in Dangerously Toxic) Household Chemicals to Avoid

     

    Audit Your Pantry: 12 Toxic Household Chemicals To Avoid 

    Audit Your Pantry: 12 Toxic Household Chemicals To Avoid 

    Between grocery shopping and getting the kids to school, there is little time to think about if the products we use are safe for our children and the environment they live in.  Many baby items and toys can be more harmful than we think.  Although the good news is that through public awareness many individuals and families can now reduce their families exposure to harmful chemicals - like parabens, petrolatum and phthalates.

    Here are the following recommendations for new moms and families wanting a healthier environment for their families.  You can start by doing a quick audit of your bathroom and replace any potentially harmful ingredients in cosmetics with safer alternatives.  They are identified here in bold – and through The Dirty Dozen Guide by the David Suzuki Foundation – using the naming convention Health Canada requires for Canadian cosmetic ingredient lists.

    1. BHA and BHT

    Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. 

    2. Coal tar dyes:

    p-phenylenediamine and colours listed as "CI" followed by a five digit number

    In addition to coal tar dyes, natural and inorganic pigments used in cosmetics are also assigned Colour Index numbers (in the 75000 and 77000 series, respectively).

    Look for p-phenylenediamine hair dyes and in other products colours listed as "CI" followed by five digits.1 The U.S. colour name may also be listed (e.g. "FD&C Blue No. 1" or "Blue 1").  Potential to cause cancer and may be contaminated with heavy metals toxic to the brain. 

    3. DEA-related ingredients

    Used in creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer.  Harmful to fish and other wildlife.  Look also for related chemicals MEA and TEA. 

    4. Dibutyl phthalate

    Used as a plasticizer in some nail care products. Suspected endocrine disrupters and reproductive toxicant. Harmful to fish and other wildlife. 

    5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

    Look for DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer. 

    6. Parabens

    Used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions. 

    7. Parfum (a.k.a. fragrance)

    Any mixture of fragrance ingredients used in a variety of cosmetics — even in some products marketed as "unscented." Some fragrance ingredients can trigger allergies and asthma. Some linked to cancer and neurotoxicity. Some harmful to fish and other wildlife. 

    8. PEG compounds

    Used in many cosmetic cream bases. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Also for related chemical propylene glycol and other ingredients with the letters "eth" (e.g., polyethylene glycol). 

    9. Petrolatum

    Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. A petroleum product that can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer. 

    10. Siloxanes

    Look for ingredients ending in "-siloxane" or "-methicone." Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife. 

    11. Sodium laureth sulfate

    Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters "eth" (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate). 

    12. Triclosan

    Used in antibacterial cosmetics, such as toothpastes, cleansers and antiperspirants. Suspected endocrine disrupter and may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

      

    The first steps individuals and family members can do to get started on creating a much healthier and safer home for their family is to start with doing a quick audit of your pantry, fridge and bathroom cabinets. Check your labels and if you see any of these ingredients - don’t panic. Eliminate them and reduce your exposure to those harmful chemicals by recycling those products. It may seem daunting at first after realizing how many food labels and household products are filled with unnecessary ingredients but just think you can have a clean slate by filling your cleaned out pantry, fridge and bathroom cabinets with safer non-toxic alternatives.
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