Category: Healthy Home

Our mission is to keep babies and toddlers safe, and parents informed with crucial news and helpful tips on how to keep your healthy home free of toxins.

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 »

Toxic fragrance chemicals.

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 »

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Adolescent Girls

Why are There More Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Some Adolescent Girls?

Adolescent girls who use more personal care products have been found to have more endocrine disrupting chemicals in their urine. Many personal care products, including makeup, soaps, and sunscreen, may expose adolescent girls to potential endocrine disruptors, including phthalates, parabens, and other phenols, as reported in a study published January 9, 2019. Phthalates and parabens… Read more »

Parabens Test Results for Suzanne

Testing Myself for Parabens

By Suzanne Price What are Parabens? Parabens are a group of chemicals that are often used as preservatives in personal care products. Parabens have been shown to easily penetrate the skin when applied in lotions and soaps. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has listed parabens as Category 1 priority substances, based on evidence that… Read more »

Limit Flame Retardants Home Computers

Turn Off Computers to Limit Flame Retardants in Your Home

A recent study highlighted the prevalence of flame retardant chemicals coming off electronics in our homes—especially with devices that are always on. By law, electronic products must have chemicals added to them to protect against fires. The chemicals that are added to the plastic enclosures around electronics are not bound to the plastics. They can… Read more »

Two prepubescent girls hugging photo from Brest Cancer Prevention Partners

Lowering the Risk of Future Breast Cancer in Prepubescent Girls

We recently hosted a discussion led by Dr. Sharima Rasanayagam, Director of Science with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP). BCPP is the only national organization focused on the prevention of breast cancer and is unique in its focus on a science-based approach to prevention. Throughout the discussion, Dr. Rasanayagam walked us through the known causes… Read more »

chemical structure of a quat

Will Quats Be Banned Next?

At Sprout, we’ve done our own extreme vetting to ensure that the Household Cleaners and Personal Care Products we carry do not contain quats or any other harmful additives. Quats could be the next group of chemicals to be banned from soaps and cleaners. In 2016, the FDA finally banned triclosan from hand soaps. Triclosan is a… Read more »

Clear Labels for Cleaning Products (Finally!)

Sprout's growing selection of Household Cleaners & Personal Care Products has been thoroughly vetted to ensure every item is free of all harmful chemicals. For years, there has been no transparency regarding what is in the cleaning products we use in our homes. California has finally passed a law that will change this. The Cleaning… Read more »

What is Glyphosate?

What is Glyphosate?

We spoke with Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT, about her research on the chemical. (Watch clips from our interview on our YouTube channel: Toxicity of Glyphosate & Washing Out Glyphosate.) What is Glyphosate & Why is it Bad? Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, produced by Monsanto. In… Read more »

Toxic Chemicals in Indoor Dust

Often, when we talk to customers about toxins in children’s products, they feel less concerned when it’s a product that their child is unlikely to put in their mouth. Even the most recent law governing children’s toys (the CPSIA) only outlaws certain phthalates (a class of hormone disrupting chemicals) in toys likely to be sucked… Read more »