With all the research that’s come out in the last several years into environmental toxins and endocrine disruptors, a whole slew of common baby and household products have been labeled with major red flags. We know so much more now that we did 20 or 30 years ago — I shudder to think about the products that were used on and around us when we were babies!
Most of us know the big bad ingredients to avoid by now: parabens, phthalates, bleach, sodium lauryl sulfate (if you don’t know about these, read this) — but so much more awful stuff in lurking in the products some of us use every day, from soaps and detergents, to air fresheners, cleaning supplies, and even candles. And of course, don’t even get me started on edibles — especially so much of the foods marketed to babies and kids… I’ll save that for it’s own post ; )
Guys, this is something I am really passionate about, and I’ll admit, I get really upset when I see a mom slathering her baby in Johnson & Johnson’s or buying Tide detergent. There are so many inexpensive, safer brands out there that make it so easy for most families to make these changes. With all the dangerous stuff out there that our babies will at some point be exposed to, this is something that is totally, 100% in our control as mindful parents and caregivers. We love our babies so much… why would we ever consciously expose them to chemicals that can cause hormonal imbalances, inflammation, growth problems, allergies and asthma, and even cancer down the line??
Here’s the clincher.. even if a product is touted as “natural” or “organic” doesn’t mean it’s safe. You always have to check the ingredients and run it through the EWG database. I was using a bunch of stuff I thought was safe and totally wasn’t (I marked those bad boys in bold below). Even the most diligent of us need can’t be careful enough!
I’ve long since been on a mission to totally naturalize my home, but since having a baby, I’ve definitely taken it up a notch, and gotten even more diligent with the ingredients in everything I use, both in my home and on my own body, and of course, on baby. These baby-safe cleaning products have been my standby’s for a clean, non-toxic, and healthy home. Almost all these products score an EWG Rating of A (one or two are B’s).
- Ecover Zero Laundry Detergent and/or Fit Organic Baby Laundry Detergent
- Grab Green Bleach Alternative Pods
- Ecover Liquid Fabric Softener or Seventh Generation Natural Fabric Softener Sheets (note: no fabric softener, even these, should be used for baby. Instead, use wool dryer balls with a few drops of essential oil!)
- OxiClean Laundry Baby Stain Soaker, Fit Organic Baby Laundry Stain Remover, or Babyganics Stain Eraser, Fragrance Free
- Worst options: Clorox, Downy, Woolite, Resolve, Shout, Tide, Mrs. Meyers Detergents, Cheer, Gain, Ajax, Era, The Laundress, Babyganics 3x, All, and much more. All of these scored an F.
- Puracy Natural Dish Soap
- Seventh Generation Dishwasher Pods
- Sun & Earth Dishwashing Liquid Extra Concentrated, Light Citrus or biokleen Automatic Dishwasher Liquid
- Seventh Generation Rinse Aid, Free & Clear
- Worst options: Palmolive, Cascade, FINISH, Ajax, Method, Dawn, and Trader Joe’s brand, all of which scored an F.
- Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Seventh Generation Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Citra-Solv Citra Clear Window & Glass Cleaner
- Seventh Generation Natural Tub & Tile Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir
- Seventh Generation Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Emerald Cypress & Fir
- Whole Foods Market green MISSION Organic All-Purpose Spray Cleaner & Degreaser, Lemon Zest
- Babyganics Floor Cleaner Concentrate, Fragrance Free
- Best option: Distilled White Vinegar with water and a few drops of lemon essential oil (optional); for any baby-related cleaning, I use a homemade cleaner made with distilled water, thieves oil, distilled vinegar.
- Worst options: SoftScrub, Ajax, Lysol, Pledge, Clorox, SOS, Formula 409, Murphy Oil, Method All-Purpose, Mr. Clean, Fantastik, Windex, Tilex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Kaboom, and more. All of these scored an F.
- Aura Cacia Aromatherapy Mists
- Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
- Essential oils in a diffuser. I like lemon/lavender/peppermint or Purification/lemon combos.
- Worse options: Air-Wick, Febreze, Glade, Lysol or Renuzit — all of which scored D’s or F’s.
- Puracy Natural Hand Soap, Lavender and Vanilla
- Pangea Organics Liquid Hand Soap, Pyrenees Lavender with Cardamom
- Dr. Bronner’s
- Worst options: Molton Brown, Mrs. Meyer’s, Jergen’s, Soft-soap, Method, L’Occitane, and so many more liquid hand soaps; Yardley of London, Body Shop, Palmolive, Dove, Lever, Dial, and so many more bar soaps
- The Honest Company Hand Sanitizer Spray
- Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer (Fragrance Free is best, though the scented ones are ok too)
- EO Everyone Hand Sanitizer Gel
- Worst options: Purell, Wet Ones, Crabtree & Evelyn, and more.