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.

  1. April 2011
    Report
  2. 2010
    Report
  3. 2010
    Web page
  4. 2010
    Web page
  5. 2009
    Web page
  6. December 2009
    Book, Fact Sheet
  7. 2009
    Book
  8. April 2009
    Brochure, Fact Sheet
  9. December 2008
    Brochure
  10. September 2008
    Fact Sheet
  11. 2008
    Web page, Video
  12. February 13, 2008
    Response to Consultation, Report
  13. 2007
    Fact Sheet
  14. July 2007
    Web page, Report
  15. 2006
    Web page
  16. 2006
    Web page
  17. 2006
    Web page
  18. 2006
  19. October 2005
    Report
  20. September 15, 2005
    Book
  21. 2004
    Web page
  22. 2004
    Web page
  23. 2004
    Brochure, Fact Sheet
  24. 2003
    Web page
  25. 2003
    Report
  26. 2002
    Poster
  27. April 2001
    Fact Sheet

Frequently asked questions

Media Releases

Apr 25, 2011

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)

Sep 06, 2007

Advice to Parents prepared by the Canadian Environmental Law Association