Is Antibacterial Soap a Friend or Foe to Your Health and Home?

By: Cristina Santiestevan Studies suggest antibacterial product claims, at least for products with triclosan, are hype. Are you safe? Triclosan, a hospital-strength ingredient that became the most common antibacterial ingredient in consumer products like dish and hand soaps, children’s toys, and cutting boards, has been linked to thyroid problems, developmental disorders, and cancer. One recent…

Is Your Carpet Pad Making You Sick?

By: Jan Soults Walker Carpet padding treated with fire retardants raises some environmental red flags that could affect your household’s health. Should you be concerned? Why the concern? Some tests show that over the long-term, even low concentrations of PBDEs may cause problems with hormone systems and brain development. For families with infants and children…