For a Healthy Bathroom, Opt for Cloth
Getting a new shower curtain was something of a treat for me as a kid because I loved the smell of new plastic. I recently learned that new shower curtain smell is actually dangerous. Who knew?
Plastic shower curtains are often made of polyvinyl chloride plastic also known as vinyl or PVC. A study by the Center for Health, Environment, & Justice found that they off-gas as many as 108 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home which you and your family then breath in. Some toxins were still found lingering there some 28 days later.
The VOCs associated with vinyl shower curtains have been linked to developmental damage, damage to the liver and central nervous system, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Some of them are even know to cause cancer in animals and humans. Yikes!
Phthalates (pronounced thal-lates) were also detected. This class of chemicals is linked to ADHD, birth defects, liver toxicity, breast cancer, and obesity to name a few. Yikes, again!
Vinyl is also used to make toys and items like raincoats and water hoses. Your best bet is to read the label to find out what it’s made of. If you’re not sure, the number for this type of plastic is #3, so flip it over and look for the number in the recycling triangle.
What you can do…
Step 1: Get the vinyl out
Start looking at what you have in your home that contains vinyl and replace it. Shower curtains are easy to replace with organic cotton, nylon, or polyester versions. These run about $10 and are readily available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart, etc. Plus, when they get dirty all you have to do is toss them in the wash. Easy, peasy.
Step 2: Don’t let it back in
Be an informed consumer. Get in the habit of reading packages and labels on anything you bring home. Pretty soon you’ll be a pro and it will take no time at all. A good rule of thumb is to avoid anything with a strong odor.
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