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The Dirty Dozen. ANTIBACTERIALS COAL-TAR COLORS DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA) FORMALDEHYDE GLYCOL ETHERS HEAVY METALS: LEAD AND MERCURY PARABENS PETROLATUM (vaseline, petroleum jelly) PHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD) PHTHALATES SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) TOLUENE. Nasty stuff. ANTIBACTERIALS

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the dirty dozen

The Dirty Dozen

ANTIBACTERIALS

COAL-TAR COLORS

DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA)

FORMALDEHYDE

GLYCOL ETHERS

HEAVY METALS: LEAD AND MERCURY

PARABENS

PETROLATUM (vaseline, petroleum jelly)

PHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD)

PHTHALATES

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS)

TOLUENE

nasty stuff
Nasty stuff
  • ANTIBACTERIALS
    • Found in cleansers, deodorants and other cosmetic products,
    • Triclosan encourage the rise of drug-resistant bacteria,
  • COAL-TAR COLORS
    • FD&C Blue 1 and FD &C Green 3 are carcinogenic,
    • D&C Red 33, FD&C Yellow 5 and FD&C Yellow 6 -- have been shown to cause cancer when applied to the skin.
  • DIETHANOLAMINE (DEA)
    • Widely used in shampoos
    • Suspected carcinogen
  • TOLUENE
    • This solvent found in nail products can cause liver damage and is irritating to the skin and respiratory tract.
more nasty stuff
…more nasty stuff
  • FORMALDEHYDE
    • Found in eye shadows, mascaras and cosmetics
    • The EPA classifies it a probable human carcinogen.
  • GLYCOL ETHERS
    • Found in nail polish, deodorant, perfumes and other cosmetics,
    • Some are hazardous to the reproductive system. Other effects of include anemia and irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat.
    • Avoid :EGPE, EGME,EGEE, DEGBE, PGME, DPGME and those with "methyl" in their names.
even more nasty stuff
…even more nasty stuff
  • HEAVY METALS: LEAD AND MERCURY
    • Lead is found in lead acetate in hair dyes and makeup.
      • A brain- and nervous-system toxin as well as a known carcinogen
    • Mercury is a preservative in eye-area cosmetics
      • A potent nervous-system toxin,
  • PARABENS
    • Used in underarm deodorants,
    • Recently found in tissue samples from human breast tumors.
  • PETROLATUM (vaseline, petroleum jelly)
    • Used in cold creams, lipsticks/protection, baby creams, eye shadow
    • Petrolatum can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
and even more nasty stuff
…and even more nasty stuff.
  • PHENYLENEDIAMINE (PPD)
    • oxidation dyes, amino dyes para dyes, or peroxide dyes.
    • Found in many hairdyes,
    • PPD is linked with skin irritations, and respiratory disorders. Has been banned in Europe.
  • PHTHALATES
    • Used in fragrances, deodorants, nail polishes, hair products and lotions,
    • Produce cancer of the liver and birth defects in lab animals.
    • Choose products labeled "fragrance-free" or are scented with pure botanical or essential oils.
  • SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS)
    • Found in toothpaste, shampoo and other cleansers
    • Caused "severe epidermal changes" to mouse skin.
safer household cleaning with
Safer household cleaning with:
  • 50/50 solution of vinegar and water
    • Disinfects, removes stains, deodorizes
  • Baking Soda
    • Removes stains, neutralizes odors
  • Liquid castile soap
    • General cleaning
  • Lemon juice
    • Cuts grease
  • Non-Chlorine scouring powder
    • e.g. Bon Ami®
safer all purpose cleaner
Safer All-Purpose Cleaner

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake

  • ½ teaspoon liquid castile soap made from natural plant oils
  • 2 teaspoons borax or baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 cups hot water

For a disinfectant add essential oils-

  • lavender, tea tree, rosemary, orange blossom or eucalyptus

For heavy cleaning add ½ teaspoon washing soda

kitchen and foods
Kitchen and Foods
  • Conventional Stove
    • Use Glass, ceramic (lead free) or stainless steel
    • Avoid non-stick, aluminum and plastics
  • Microwave
    • Use glass or ceramic (lead free)
    • Avoid plastics
  • Food storage
    • Use glass, ceramic (lead free) or stainless steel and plastics #1,2,4 or 5
    • Avoid plastics #3,6 and 7
usda certified organic
USDA Certified Organic
  • At least 95% of the contents have been grown without synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, bioengineering, ionizing radiation or sewage sludge
  • www.ams.usda.gov/nop