Children are especially vulnerable to toxic chemicals because their bodies are still developing. Chemical exposures can come from a variety of products including toys, personal care products, furniture, and clothes.
It can be daunting trying to figure out how to minimize kids’ chemical exposures in your home, daycare, and school – but it shouldn’t be. There are many practical, cost-effective steps you can take to minimize chemical exposures they will face as you give them their start in life. Explore the resources below to help you learn how you can protect your children (and yourself) from toxic chemicals at home and at school.
Nursery and Playrooms
- Five Steps to a Healthy Nursery or Child’s Room
- Top 10 Tips: A Healthy Playroom
- Choosing Safer Products: Mattresses and Changing Pads
- VIDEO: The Everyday Superhero: Remodeling The Playroom
Toys and Clothing
- Top 10 Tips: Choosing Safer Toys
- Rain Gear Fear GUG
- Toxics in My T-Shirt GUG
- HealthyStuff.org Database Of Toys and Other Products
Arts and Crafts Supplies
- Creativity Without Chemicals
- Choosing Safer Products: Arts and Crafts Supplies
- Answers To Frequently Asked Questions On Arts & Craft Supplies
- VIDEO: The Everyday Superhero: Getting Toxics Out Of Art Class
Healthy Schools and Daycares
You work hard to keep your kids healthy at home. But what happens when your kids go to school or daycare? Here are some tips to make sure time away from home is healthy too.
- Safe Ways to Keep Daycares and Schools Clean
- VIDEO: The Everyday Superhero: Disinfecting the Classroom
- Top 10 Tips: A Healthy Playschool or Daycare
- Healthier School Supplies
- No More Stinky Ink: Healthier Alternatives to White Board Markers
- Champion Clean Air In the Classroom
- Creating Healthy Indoor Air Quality in Schools (EPA)
Since 2001, the state of Washington has had a law that established your right to know about the pesticides used in public schools and day care facilities.
- What Is the Children’s Pesticide Right-to-Know Act?
- Pesticide Action Kit
- Pesticide-Free Parks For Summer Fun
Each year in the United States millions of children will be treated for head lice (pediculosis), often with pesticidal shampoo.
Holiday fun shouldn’t carry the risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals. Keep your family safe throughout the year—even on those special days.