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Limit Your Exposure



The book Little Changes, by Kristi Marsh, provides wonderful guidance on how to incorporate safer products into our everyday lives. The book is an easy read and we encourage you to give it a try. Also, check out her website Choose Wiser.


The following chemicals are known carcinogens [a substance or agent that causes the development or increases the incidence of cancer] and/or endocrine disruptors [hormone-mimicking chemicals, many of which disrupt normal hormonal processes]. They are very harmful and are hiding in many of the product we use on a daily basis. To avoid these chemicals look for more natural products or make your own. Women’s Voice For The Earth is a great resource for non-toxic DIY recipes.




Choose Wiser’s List of Chemicals to Replace




Common Places You Can Find The



Glass cleaner, floor polish, drain cleaners, toilet cleaners, multi-surface cleaners, oven cleaners, stainless steel cleaners

Alkylpheno ethoxylates (APEs)

Detergents, cleaning products

Benzalkonium Chloride

Disinfecting hand soap, lotions



Oven cleaner, detergent, auto product degreaser, adhesive remover, furniture polish, cigarette smoke, auto exhaust, gasoline, nail polish, nail polish remover


Bisphenol A (BPA)

Plastics (recycle simple #7 may contain BPA), epoxy resin lining in food cans, some thermal receipt paper


Butylated hydroxytoulene (BHT)

Moisturizer, diaper rash ointment, mascara, lipstick, blush, shaving gel, frozen food, processed food (including by not limited to frozen pizza), cereal, and snack food

Chlorine Bleach

Laundry products, automatic dishwashing powder and liquid, toilet bowl cleaner

Coal Tars

Antidandruff shampoo, anti-itch/rash cream, pet shampoo

Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

Plastics, cosmetics, household cleaners, fragrance ingredient


Nail polish, school glue, wood glue, laundry detergent, baby wash, hand soap, pet shampoo



Mineral Oils

Insect killer, furniture polish, fabric starch, hair conditioner, hair color, makeup remover, antiperspirant, deodorant, body wash, lotion, facial cream, hair remover, baby oil, diaper rash cream, toothpaste, nail polish, hair gel


Carpet cleaner, toilet deodorizer, mothballs


Creams, lotions, ointments



Petroleum jelly, lipsticks, baby lotions, lotion, shaving cream, denture adhesive, diaper rash cream, antiperspirant, deodorant, hand cream, makeup remover

Perchloroethylene (PERC)

Degreaser, dry-cleaner fluid, tire shine, auto care product, stain and spot remover

Polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC)

Stain resistant coding for furniture, clothing and carpet, non-stick cookware

                                                                           Propylene Glycol

                                                                                        Artificial food coloring, flavoring, medicine, hair color, moisturizers, conditioners


Milk, milk products


Polystyrene (recycle code #6), disposable food trays, cups, egg cartons, carry our containers



Hand soup, toothpaste, mouthwash, dish liquid, body wash, face wash, deodorant, lip color, pet shampoo


Vinyl chloride (PVC)

Plastic (recycle code #3), tobacco smoke, food packaging, toys, cling wrap, vinyl shower curtains, plastic squeeze bottles, cooking oil

2, 4 – Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2, 4-D)

Household pesticide, weed control







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