Maria's Farm Country Kitchen - 8 Ways to Avoid Harmful Chemicals

March 29, 2012
by guest blogger Robin Dodson, ScD, research scientist at the Silent Spring Institute

Excerpt: It’s difficult to avoid all of the potentially harmful chemicals in everyday products, but there are steps you can take to choose safer products and reduce your exposure. At the Silent Spring Institute, we recently did a study, called the Household Exposure Study, and the results, along with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) National Exposure Reports, show that consumer product chemicals are ending up in people’s homes and bodies. And everyone is asking, “So, what can I do?”

To answer this question, our first step was to contact manufacturers for information about what’s in their products; however, the majority of them would not provide complete information. So we were left with having to test the products ourselves. In total, we analyzed 50 product types, including personal care products (such as shampoo, lotion, and toothpaste), cleaning products (like surface cleaner and laundry detergent), and other household items (shower curtains and cat litter, for instance) for 66 hormone disruptors and chemicals associated with asthma.