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How to Avoid Phthalates in your Home

Here is a list of toxic ingredients that you should avoid in your home. The main 9 that I will list off are the ones that are researched more extensively and have proven to have serious side effects. The 9 are:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Abrasives
  • Phosphates
  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Triclosan
  • Quaternary Disinfectants

The one I want to focus on today is Phthalates. How you pronounce this one is THAL-ates. They are a group of chemicals used to soften and improve the flexibility and durability of plastics. Some are also solvents and stabilizers in product formulations included in personal care products and cosmetics.

Phthalates are found in a variety of plastics, building materials, cleaning products, insecticides, pharmaceuticals, food packaging, home decor, childrens toys, personal care products, tampons/feminine hygiene products, fragrances in perfumes, personal care products, hair spray, air fresheners, adhesives, and paints.

The major health concern for phthalates is that it is an endocrine disrupter. It can disrupt many hormones in the body including estrogen, progesterone, and androgen systems. In males it can lower sperm count at a very young age, early puberty, and childhood obesity. Several studies are linking phthalates to breast cancer and other negative health effects.

What to look for in ingredients that are phthalates with different names:

NameAbbreviationAlcohol carbon numberMolecular weight (g/mol)CAS No.Properties of concern for human health (ECHA classification 2022)[16]
Dimethyl phthalateDMP1194.18131-11-3
Diethyl phthalateDEP2222.2484-66-2Under assessment as Endocrine Disrupting
Diallyl phthalateDAP3246.26131-17-9Skin sensitising
Di-n-propyl phthalateDPP3250.29131-16-8
Di-n-butyl phthalateDBP4278.3484-74-2Toxic to Reproduction, Endocrine Disrupting, Under assessment as PBT
Diisobutyl phthalateDIBP4278.3484-69-5Toxic to Reproduction, Endocrine Disrupting
Di-2-methoxyethyl phthalateDMEP3282.29117-82-8Toxic to Reproduction
Butyl cyclohexyl phthalateBCP4 – 6304.3884-64-0
Di-n-pentyl phthalateDNPP5306.4131-18-0Toxic to Reproduction
Dicyclohexyl phthalateDCP6330.4284-61-7Toxic to Reproduction, Endocrine Disrupting, Skin sensitising
Butyl benzyl phthalateBBP4 – 7312.3685-68-7Toxic to Reproduction, Endocrine Disrupting
Di-n-hexyl phthalateDNHP6334.4584-75-3Toxic to Reproduction
Diisohexyl phthalateDIHxP6334.45146-50-9,Toxic to Reproduction
Diisoheptyl phthalateDIHpP7362.541451-28-9Toxic to Reproduction
Butyl decyl phthalateBDP4 – 10362.589-19-0
Dibutoxy ethyl phthalateDBEP6366.45117-83-9
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalateDEHP, DOP8390.56117-81-7Toxic to Reproduction, Endocrine Disrupting
Di(n-octyl) phthalateDNOP8390.56117-84-0Not classified but some uses restricted
Diisooctyl phthalateDIOP8390.5627554-26-3Toxic to Reproduction
n-Octyl n-decyl phthalateODP8 – 10418.61119-07-3
Diisononyl phthalateDINP9418.6128553-12-0Not classified but some uses restricted
Di(2-propylheptyl) phthalateDPHP10446.6653306-54-0Under assessment as Endocrine Disrupting
Diisodecyl phthalateDIDP10446.6626761-40-0
Diundecyl phthalateDUP11474.723648-20-2
Diisoundecyl phthalateDIUP11474.7285507-79-5
Ditridecyl phthalateDTDP13530.82119-06-2
Diisotridecyl phthalate

Don’t feel like its too late to do something about this. Did you know it takes just 3 days to lessen the toxic load in your system? You can still do something about it!

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