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Toxin Cheat Sheet

Ready to clean up your personal care products and household chemicals in preparation for pregnancy?  Maybe you are pregnant and want to make the effort to have a healthy, low-risk pregnancy?  Or maybe you are holding your baby on the outside and only want to use the best possible products for them and for you??

I have not found too many household cleaners that are truly non-toxic.  Instead, we are Learning to be Green by trying out lots of different combinations of baking soda, lemons, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and castille soap.

Here is my cheat sheet that I use when I am researching products that we are going to use for our personal care and in the home:  
   
Words ending in "paraben" – Parabens are known endocrine disruptors

Diethanolamine (“DEA”) – pH balancer; contamination and non-reproductive organ concerns

DMDM hydantoin – formaldehyde releaser

Imidazolidinyl urea – formaldehyde releaser

Methylchloroisothiazolinone – preservative; associated with allergic reactions

Methylisothiazolinone – preservative; possible neurotoxin

Phenoxyethanol – FDA warning – possible neurotoxin

Sodium laureth sulfate – may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane

Triclosan – antibacterial agent and preservative: possible endocrine toxicity

Triclocarban – deodorant agent, preservative: possible endocrine disruption

Triethanolamine ("TEA”) – surfactant, pH adjusting chemical; possible non-reproductive organ system toxicity

Ingredients usually found at the beginning of the list:
Polyethylene Glycol ("PEG"); 
  • Possible contamination with ethylene oxide (10 on the EWG scale), a known respiratory toxicant 
  • Possible contamination with 1,4-dioxane (8 on the EWG scale), a known carcinogen

Ingredients usually found in the middle of the list:
"FRAGRANCE"
  • any combination chosen from over 3000+ stock chemicals available to the industry that do not have to be disclosed and have not been evaluated for safety 
DYES
  • Usually petroleum derivatives, known to contain lead, arsenic, mercury and ++
"FD&C" – Food, Drug & Cosmetics approved coloring agents
"D&C" – Drugs & Cosmetics approved coloring agents

COMBINATION CONTAMINATION
This combination forms benzene, a known carcinogen.  
IF you see: sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate 
THEN look for: vitamin C, E300, ascorbic acid

This combination forms nitrosamine.  Nitrosamine has also been shown to be a carcinogen.
IF you see: Cocamidoproply Betaine
THEN look for: DEA – Diethanolamine
  and/or TEA – Triethanolamine

Mama request: If you would like to share this information with your friends or anyone else, please link back here. This cheat sheet represents sleepless nights and time away from our kiddos while I have been obsessing and reading over ingredients lists. If you like it, please make this worth my time by giving credit where credit is due. Thanks for your consideration!

REFERENCE/LINK LIST:
Words ending in "paraben" – Parabens are known endocrine disruptors
http://envirocancer.cornell.edu/bibliography/general/bib.parabens.cfm#levels

Diethanolamine (“DEA”) – pH balancer; contamination and non-reproductive organ concerns
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/718373/DIETHANOLAMINE/

DMDM hydantoin – formaldehyde releaser  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702196/DMDM_HYDANTOIN/#

Imidazolidinyl urea – formaldehyde releaser
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703119/IMIDAZOLIDINYL_UREA/

Methylchloroisothiazolinone – preservative; associated with allergic reactions
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703924/METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE/

Methylisothiazolinone – preservative; possible neurotoxin
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/703935/METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE/

Triclosan – antibacterial agent and preservative: possible endocrine toxicity
Possible impurity in Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract and Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706623/TRICLOSAN/

Triclocarban – deodorant agent, preservative: possible endocrine disruption
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706622/TRICLOCARBAN/

Triethanolamine (or "TEA") – surfactant, pH adjusting chemical; possible non-reproductive organ system toxicity
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706639/TRIETHANOLAMINE/
  
"PEG" – polyethylene glycol;
  • Possible contamination with ethylene oxide (10 on the EWG scale), a known respiratory toxicant  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726229/ETHYLENE_OXIDE/#jumptohere 
  • Possible contamination with 1. 4-dioxane (8 on the EWG scale), a known carcinogen  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726331/1%2C4-DIOXANE/#

Sodium laureth sulfate: may be contaminated with potentially toxic manufacturing impurities such as 1,4-dioxane.
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706089/SODIUM_LAURETH_SULFATE/

FRAGRANCE
http://www.ewg.org/files/SafeCosmetics_FragranceRpt.pdf DYES

DYES:
 http://feingold.org/certified.php Excerpt:

Phenoxyethanol – FDA warning – possible neurotoxin
http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2008/ucm116900.htm  

Found this combo on Truth In Aging website
http://www.truthinaging.com/ingredient-spotlight/what-is-it-sodium-benzoate
IF: sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate 
THEN: vitamin C, E300, ascorbic acid
The combination forms benzene, a known carcinogen  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726354/BENZENE/  

Found this combo on the Episcencial website
http://episencial.com//faq-library/#What is the real deal with Cocamidoproply Betaine?
IF: Cocamidoproply Betaine
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/701520/COCAMIDOPROPYL_BETAINE/ 
THEN: DEA – Diethanolamine
and/or TEA – Triethanolamine
The combination forms nitrosamine contamination.  Nitrosamine has also been shown to be a carcinogen. See:  http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/HBI/17/
http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/726336/NITROSAMINES/

Disclaimer:  
Bradley Method® natural childbirth classes offered in Arizona: Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Payson The material included on this site is for informational purposes only.
It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult her or his healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation.  Krystyna and Bruss Bowman and Bowman House, LLC accept no liability for the content of this site, or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided.  This blog contains information about our classes available in Chandler, AZ and Payson, AZ and is not the official website of The Bradley Method®. The views contained on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of The Bradley Method® or the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth®.

 

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