By Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff
Executive Director/CEO, Healthy Child Healthy World
Cleaning used to be a simple thing. You learned what to use from your parents and bought the same products when you moved into your own house. But new reports just emerging may make you rethink choosing some of those brands.
In March, a report conducted by the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, MA and published in the online Environmental Health Perspectives Journal revealed chemicals linked to asthma and hormone disruption in 200 common household products.
Personal care products such as soaps and lotions, household cleaners, sunscreens, air fresheners, vinyl shower curtains and pillow protectors—even kitty litter—were found to contain chemicals such as phthalates (linked to reproductive abnormalities and asthma) and parabens (linked to hormone disruption and associated with breast cancer), among others. Continue reading