EWG has taken a microscope to over 2,000 popular products, giving each a grade from A to F based on hazardous ingredients, potential health risks, and integrity of their product labels.
You can search for safety facts on air fresheners, bathroom cleaners, laundry detergents, and much more. There’s even a handy Label Decoder to help you understand what manufactures really mean by “antibacterial,” “biodegradable,” and “organic.”
Why should parents care about cleaning ingredients?
Mounting evidence reveals that toxins in certain cleaning agents pose serious health risks to babies. In a previous post we cautioned that early exposure to perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) found in nonstick cookware, food packaging and fabrics could weaken your child’s immune system.
Earlier this year, NutritionFacts.org reported findings of popular air fresheners, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and dryer sheets containing chemical compounds that perpetuate childhood allergies, asthma and eczema.
Most recently, the EWG announced the discovery of an ingredient in many BabyGanics’ products that releases formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen (a.k.a. a cancer-causing agent).
These are just a few reasons of many. Visit the guide’s Cleaning Supplies and Your Health page for more important facts.
Why the Guide to Healthy Cleaning is a vital public service.
As if toxins aren’t scary enough, the makers of cleaning agents aren’t legally obligated to disclose all ingredients on product labels. They even mislead consumers by misusing seemingly safe terminology, like “green,” and “all-natural.”
At GetzWell, we believe that product transparency is your right, especially when your child’s health is at stake. Thanks to EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, parents have access to the consumer facts they are owed, and companies are held accountable for the products they produce.
Give us a call today at 415.826.1701 for more information about limiting your baby’s exposure to harmful chemicals.