Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Keeping Children Safe from Chemicals

There are many different chemical agents that we probably all have in our homes – detergents, flame retardants, pesticides or fertilizers, and various soaps and air fresheners. But do you know how the ingredients of these products (both those listed on the product label and those that aren’t) can affect your health, and the health of your kids?

The chemical ingredients found in many of the products above – triclosan, formaldehyde, and various phthalates (among others) – have become controversial due to studies by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) consistently demonstrating their ability to stunt normal biological development and cause numerous illnesses. Perhaps the most serious harm is done by the unlisted chemical ingredients of these products. Yes, you read that right, the “makers of popular household cleaners aren’t required to list all their ingredients on the label,” even though such “hidden ingredients can cause everything from asthma to reproductive problems.”

All is not lost though! There are many steps parents can take to help keep them and their children protected from potentially harmful products. Apart from calling your Senators and Representatives about these issues, the following article gives five simple suggestions for avoiding and replacing “dirty” cleaners. The choice is obvious – go natural! Check it out!

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