9. Triclosan: This antibacterial agent is found in soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, deodorants, and even†clothing. Studies have found triclosan may harm the human immune system, which makes people more†likely to develop allergies, and reduces muscle strength in humans and animals. The FDA warns consumers†to read labels for triclosan and recommends using plain soap to clean up. Instead of using antibacterial hand†sanitizers made with triclosan, choose an alternative made with at least 60 percent alcohol.
10. Oil-based paints and finishes: There are 300 toxic chemicals and 150 carcinogens potentially present†in oil-based paint, according to a John Hopkins University study. Still interested in coating your walls and†furniture with this gunk? I hope not. Look for water-based options – ideally those that are low- or no-VOC.†You could also explore natural finishes like milk paint and vegetable or wax-based wood finishes.Whatís at the top of your list of toxic products you donít need?
Healthy Child Healthy Worldís mission is to empower parents to take action and protect†their children from harmful chemicals. By working with manufacturers and supporting†policy initiatives, Healthy Child Healthy World has transformed the marketplace into a†safer environment for children.
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