Category: Healthy Home

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Keep your Family Safe from Quats (Commonly Found in Household Cleaning Products)

We have previously shared our concerns over the mixture of chemicals known as quats (Quaternary Ammonium compounds) that have been linked to birth defects in laboratory animals. The problem with quats is that they are commonly found in household commercial cleaning products (including Clorox disinfecting wipes) and they are strong enough to cause adverse health… Read more »

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Toxic Chemical 1,4-Dioxane Found in Numerous Household Products

New research reports that 65 of 80 household products tested contain the chemical 1,4-dioxane. The US Environmental Protection Agency designates 1,4-dioxane as a likely carcinogen. Trace amounts of 1,4-dioxane were found in products including shampoos, detergents, body washes, and even in baby products. The chemical is produced as a byproduct during manufacturing. Because 1,4-dioxane is… Read more »

Herbicide Glyphosate

Everyday Exposure to the Herbicide Glyphosate (the Ingredient in Roundup)

Glyphosate is the most extensively used herbicide in the world today for both residential and agricultural purposes. It is the main ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup produced by Monsanto. Because the herbicide glyphosate is so common, you and your family may be exposed in your everyday life. Should I worry about my children being exposed to the… Read more »

BPA Substitute Chemicals

BPA Substitute Chemicals May be More Harmful than BPA Itself

BPA (bisphenol A) is commonly used in receipt paper, to make plastic shatterproof, and to extend the shelf life of canned food. You may already be aware of the dangers of the endocrine disrupting chemical, BPA. We have warned of the harmful effects it can have on our children for years. More and more products… Read more »

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Low Dose Toxicity of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals

At Sprout, we’ve always worked to raise awareness about the dangers that endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can have on our developing children. Scientists are still identifying these chemicals in our environment and in our products. A recent report even found that prenatal exposure to EDCs in personal care products can speed up puberty in girls… Read more »

Toxins are Causing Irreversible Damage to Our Children’s Brains

Everyday Toxins are Causing Damage to Our Children’s Brains

Leading scientists name 12 chemicals they believe to be causing widespread behavioral and cognitive problems in children including lower IQs, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder. These everyday toxins are causing irreversible damage to our children’s brains. Rates of both autism spectrum disorder and ADHD are increasing in the US. Currently 10-15% of births are associated with… Read more »

Prenatal chemical exposure speedys girls puberty

Prenatal Chemical Exposure Speeds Puberty in Girls

A new report finds that prenatal exposure to chemicals commonly found in personal care products including toothpaste, makeup, and soap may cause girls to hit puberty earlier. Over the past two decades, girls and possibly boys have been experiencing puberty at progressively younger ages, according to numerous reports. Hitting puberty at an earlier age has… Read more »

Lavender and Tea Tree Oils

New Evidence Confirms Lavender & Tea Tree Oils are Hormone Disruptors

Lavender and tea tree oils are part of the essential oils trend that has become popular in the United States. They are commonly used for medical treatments, personal hygiene products, cleaning products, and aromatherapy. We have previously questioned whether the use of lavender and tea tree oil around our children is safe (read our blog… Read more »

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Exposing Unlabeled Toxic Fragrance Chemicals

Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) released a report exposing toxic fragrance chemicals in beauty, personal care, and cleaning products as a part of their Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. Major companies have been hiding unlabeled toxic chemicals in their products for years. For example, Unilever only gets fragrance disclosure from their suppliers at quantities greater than… Read more »