Every day, we come into contact with hundreds of synthetic chemicals through the use of personal care and household products—cosmetics, sunscreens, laundry detergents, furniture, bedding, even shower curtains. Yet only a fraction of the chemicals in these products has been thoroughly tested for safety, and many of them are known to be toxic but are still in use due to weak chemical regulations. Thankfully, there are choices we can make to reduce our exposures to worrisome chemicals. Here are some tips to help guide you toward a safer and healthier life.

Tips

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    Looking Your Best

    The problem: Cosmetics and personal care products such as moisturizers, shampoos, makeup, sunscreens, hair styling gels, and shaving products, routinely contain parabens — a class of chemicals commonly used as a preservative to prevent the growth of bacteria and increase the product's shelf life. However, parabens have been shown to

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    Flame Retardants Feeling the Heat

    The problem: Toxic flame retardants are found in a variety of consumer products, including upholstered furniture, textiles, and many electronic devices. Read More

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    Foul Fragrances

    The problem: Fragrances are often added to products such as perfume, scented candles, air fresheners, and dryer sheets to create a desired scent, or even to mask other scents. Read More

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    Dirty Detergents

    The problem: Cleaning products are a source of exposure to toxic chemicals. Studies have shown that alkylphenols, a family of chemicals used as surfactants in detergents, disinfectants, and surface cleaners, are abundant indoors. Widespread exposure to alkylphenols is concerning because the chemicals are known to mimic the natural hormone estrogen.

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    Plastics: Handle with Care

    The problem: Plastics commonly used in food packaging can leach hormone-disrupting chemicals into food and beverages. Read More

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    The Trouble with Triclosan

    The Problem: A widespread fear of bacteria in recent years has led to a whole suite of consumer products marketed as “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial.” Read More

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