Collection of information about risks and safer alternatives
Children can be sensitive to the chemicals in everyday cleaning products, especially if they have allergies or asthma. Household cleaning products can add to indoor air pollution and leave residues on surfaces. The strong chemicals in cleaning products often provide far more cleaning power than what is needed. Products that are poisonous or corrosive (can burn holes in clothes and eat away layers of skin) are marked with hazard symbols. But these warnings are only used for the most dangerous ingredients. Many other chemicals aren't as toxic but have rarely been fully tested for safety (for long-term, low-level, and multiple-exposures). Safer alternatives are often available.
Publications, Fact Sheets and on-line resources
The resources linked below contain information about chemical risks and safer alternatives. In the Primer, see in particular, the Environmental Childproofing Top Ten list in Chapter 6.
Frequently asked questions
Carpet pads commonly sold to consumers in the USA, Canada and other developed countries contain dangerous chemicals that can cause nervous system damage, particularly in infants and toddlers.
Media Release from the International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN)
Advice to Parents prepared by the Canadian Environmental Law Association