Silent Spring Institute’s Eleven Safest Household Products
I found the list of the eleven (11) safest products list from a posting in Forbes.com by Amy Westervelt. It was impossible to find on SSI or EHP website for some reason. Out of 55 conventional and alternative household cleaning and body care products only eleven had no trace of the dangerous chemicals being tested.
- Healthy Pet Foods Here’s the Scoop! Natural Unscented Clay Clumping Litter
- Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Diapers
- Bon Ami Polishing Cleanser, No Chlorine, Perfume or Dye
- Seventh Generation Free and Clear Dishwashing Detergent
- Seventh Generation Free and Clear Natural Dish Liquid
- Tom’s of Maine Natural Long-Lasting Deodorant Stick, Aluminum-Free, Unscented
- Bean Products Pure Cotton Shower Curtain
- Excell Home Fashions Ultimate Nylon Shower Curtain or Liner
- Carapelli Extra Light Olive Oil
- Magick Botanicals Fragrance Free Hairspray
11. Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Castille Soap
Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals
What you can get from this list is that if these products listed are free of the dangerous chemicals studied by the Silent Spring Institute, the ones that cause hormonal disruptions and asthma attacks, than the other products made by these same companies are likely to be pretty safe choices for you and your family. So just start to choose more carefully what you buy and whom you buy from.
The study called Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products conducted by the Silent Spring Institute and published in the Environmental Health Perspective Journal (read the article and find the study) in early March 2012 has forced us all to ask,
- What can I do about the fact that many household and self care products I trusted I can no longer trust not to harm me and my family?
- How can I avoid having these dangerous chemicals in my house and in my body?
- And how can I get these chemicals out of my body?
One of the main points of the study and follow-up article is that there are two particularly dangerous product ingredients out there. One is listed on labels as “Fragrance” and the other is triclosan (and triclocarban) which is found in anti-bacterial or anti-microbial soaps and detergents. The great thing is that both of those two groups of chemicals are regulated and must be included on the ingredients list of the products that contain them. So you can decide right there in the store while reading the label NOT TO BUY THAT PRODUCT!! And you’ll be that much safer. And send a message to the manufacturer that people don’t want this sh*#!t. That’s not a bad start for all of you who say what the heck can I do about it?
BAKING SODA | BON AMI| HYDROGEN PEROXIDE | ESSENTIAL OILS | DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR |
CASTILE SOAP | CLUB SODA
Naturally Bubbly is here to help you find safe alternatives to the many toxic products that are marketed and sold to unwary consumers like you and me. It really is smart to be a little paranoid about most commercial home and body care products. It’s common knowledge or at least I thought it was that most chemicals used in many products being sold today were not studied or determined to be safe before they were foisted on trusting people. That statement you make to yourself “Gee, if it’s for sale in the grocery store it must be safe,” is just wishful thinking. It is not true!
One step at a time is all you need to take to eventually find yourself living a super green lifestyle.
And you can count on Naturally Bubbly to help you find a way to clean and keep your home the safest (and cheapest) way possible. Homemade cleaning recipes are included in almost every post and article on this site. Keep checking back to find more homemade recipes, how-to articles, and products reviews. It’s not as hard as it seems, you just have to be willing to change!
Here’s a little more about the Silent Spring Institute that I quote from their website (silentspring.org)
“The Institute’s research agenda is defined by these important priorities:
- Focus on the environment, an under-studied area that can lead to the discovery of preventable causes of cancer, particularly in communities with higher risk;
- Make women’s health, especially breast cancer, a central rather than peripheral research priority;
- Support innovation, including new research methods and pilot studies to test new hypotheses;
- Foster multidisciplinary teams of researchers to integrate their strengths;
- Foster true collaboration among scientists, physicians, and community members.
Silent Spring Institute began in 1994, after members of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition called for a scientifically sound investigation into elevated breast cancer rates on Cape Cod. They founded “a laboratory of their own” and named it Silent Spring Institute in tribute to Rachel Carson, whose landmark book, Silent Spring, launched the modern environmental movement. Carson died of breast cancer just two years after the book was published.”
To find out more about the study and it’s results and how to understand it all read Amy Westervelt’s post