Phthalates, officially listed by the EPA as a chemical of concern, are in shampoos, body sprays and more under the ubiquitous name "fragrance." Though linked to sexual and neurological disorders, manufacturers are not required to disclose its presence in their products. So go for the label that says "fragrance free" when you have a choice. This goes for all laundry, household and body care products.
Virtually all types of plastic water bottles contaminate water with some level of toxins such as phthalates, antimony and BPA. These increase with heat, time and reuse, so if you do use a plastic water bottle, don't leave it in the car and don't store it for long periods of time or reuse empties.
Notably, the bottled water industry fought against an FDA proposal to limit phthalates in bottled water ”” and won. Therefore, although tap water is monitored for phthalates, bottled water is not. Another bullet in this game of Russian roulette: A small percentage of bottled water has been shown to contain contaminates introduced during processing.
Instead, reuse your kombucha, Snapple or other glass beverage bottle for water. It's easy, eco-friendly and you will avoid the toxins that lurk in plastic bottles.
No, this definitely doesn't mean spraying a can of air freshener around. Or that little pine tree thing hanging off the rearview mirror in your car. Ditto for the plug-in "air freshener." Fake ways of making the air smell "good," whether in your car or home, are almost always polluting and dangerous to your health.
EPA studies show that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air, so at home, open windows when the weather is good. Consider houseplants to clean your indoor air. All you have to do is water them.
Car interiors release toxins continually, especially in higher temperatures. And if your windows are closed, the concentration increases. So air out your car when you first get in. Just roll those windows down for a minute or two and let the breeze clean things up.
You've probably heard by now that antibacterial soap can lead to increasingly treatment-resistant infections and superbugs. But there are more reasons to skip these products: triclosan, the ingredient that makes a product antibacterial, has been shown in several studies to be an endocrine disruptor.
In addition, most tap water has chlorine in it. So when you wash your hands or dishes with antibacterial products, triclosan and chlorinated water combine to create potentially dangerous levels of chloroform.
Several studies have proven that there is no reduction in illness when antibacterial products are used. Plain soap and water are just as effective for most situations (and more effective than hand sanitizers by the way), and do not have the side effects involved with triclosan.
Many doctors espouse the benefits of getting enough water daily. One benefit, and there are many, is helping your liver and kidneys flush toxins out of your body. The toxins already in your system are probably the most important ones to address, and fortunately for you, drinking a glass of water is usually pretty simple.