Think Dirty


Wanna hear some dirty words I learned this month?

Phthalates, Perchloroethylene, Triclosan, Quarternary Ammonium

Not what you were expecting?

Me either.

I’ve always been interested in tossing the “dirty” items I own. And it wasn’t until after my son was born that I really started thinking about the items I put on & in both of our bodies. With cancer rates on the rise, along with allergies & other autoimmune issues, I just have to believe that our household products are partially to blame.

I downloaded the app, Think Dirty, where you can scan your products & get a scale rating (0-10) to see how horribly unhealthy they are. It also includes a detailed list of the ingredients & a breakdown of why it’s bad/good for you. I scanned a few things to share with you:

  1. Dove Sensitive Skin Baby Wash, Dirty Rating: 10
  2. Johnson&Johnson Baby Shampp, Dirty Rating: 9
  3. Clean&Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser, Dirty Rating: 10
  4. Dawn Dishsoap, Dirty Rating: 9
  5. Listerine Mouthwash, Dirty Rating: 8
  6. Colgate Toothpaste, Dirty Rating: 5
  7. Old Spice Body Wash, Dirty Rating: 10
  8. Pantene 2in1 Shampoo & Conditioner, Dirty Rating: 9
  9. Sinful Colors Nail Polish: 9
  10. Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara: 9

“My Bathroom Shelf” was rated at a 10. That is the highest rating you can possibly get.

Here are some of the common ingredients in my toxic products…

  • Quaternium-15: A chemical preservative used in hair conditioners to make it feel smooth. It acts as a formaldehyde releaser. May trigger eczema, it’s a known carcinogen, and causes allergies.
  • DMDM Hydantoin: Preservative found in many cosmetics & soaps. Also is a formaldehyde releaser, a known carcinogen (rated Group 1).
  • Parfum/Fragrance: Hormone disrupter. Allergies.
  • Poloxamer 407: Organ system toxicity. A copolymer to dissolve oil in water.

I’ve decided to start replacing the toxic items (rated as a 7 or higher). My goal is to have a 0 toxicity rating but I’m taking small steps. Here are some of the items I am replacing:

  1. Dr. Bronner Castile Soap, Dirty Rating: 0
  2. Crystal Essence Deodorant, Dirty Rating: 3
  3. ECOS Laundry Detergent, Dirty Rating: 5

The cost wasn’t too much of a difference. I’ll continue on this journey & update you on the alternative products I find.



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