Each month I’m going to rid my home of one toxin. Or at least I’m going to try. This week it’s Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or SDS — which is a known skin and eye irritant and potential carcinogen. It can be found in your bathroom and probably your cleaning supplies. In toothpaste it has been found to promote canker sores. Lets start with the bathroom stuff because we’re using that ON our bodies. But the cleaning products are equally if not more toxic in our homes polluting the air so don’t forget to take this list over to your cleaning supplies and get rid of them.
Now, tne thing you don’t want to do is confuse SDS with the less harmful version Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS). Though in the future I’d love to see us eradicate them all from our shelves it’s hard to find products free of Sodium Laureth Sulfate as it’s a common sudsing agent.
So what to do when you find this stuff? Write the name sodium lauryl sulfate on your own home BADDIES list (the red column). Put Sodium Laureth Sulfate in the acceptable but keep to a minimum, what we call the middle-of-the-roadies or the yellow, column.
And here are a few soaps for your GOODIES on the green list that are Veritey approved as they are SDS and SLS free:
- Basic Body Soap: Whole Foods Triple Milled Soap (for the body) is a very simple soap good for men, women and kids. We like the “milk” scent but there is verbena, lavender and more.
- Baby & Kids Wash: For kids another option is Shea Moisture’s organic raw shea chamomile & argon oil BABY wash & shampoo for the kids.
- Toothpaste for kids & adults: Tom’s of Maine brand toothpaste, which do contain (SLS) but they work.
Happy healthing up your home. Let me know how it goes. I’d love to know what you successfully replace your SDS products with. Leave me a note here or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
And in the meantime, congratulate yourself and know you can breathe a little easier. You’re on the way to making your home a healthier place. Hurrah!