It turns out that many older wooden play sets have been treated with arsenic!
What to do:

  • Replace high exposure areas like handrails, steps, or deck boards with non-arsenic alternatives- get help from your local builder!
  • Wash your child’s hands( and your own) after playing on the play set especially before eating.
  • Be sure to bring a tablecloth to cover potentially arsenic-treated picnic tables in the playground.
  • If you have a deck, do not store toys or tools underneath because Arsenic leaches from the wood when it rains.


  • Just because a label says “natural” doesn’t mean it is safe for your little one’s delicate skin.
  • avoid triclosan, BHA, fragrance, and oxybenzone.
  • Check out for more information and healthy products.


  • Choose to buy organic fruits and vegetables, or use to find conventionally grown produce with the least pesticides.
  • Please buy only organic when it comes to dairy and and meat to avoid growth hormones.
  • Limit canned food and infant formula, as can linings contain bisphenol A (BPA).
  • Many plastics contain BPA, which is carcinogenic. Avoid clear, hard plastic bottles marked with a “7” or “PC.”
  • Don’t microwave plastic containers. Stay away from toys marked with a “3” or “PVC.”
  • Filter your tap water. Mix infant formula with fluoride-free water.

Household Chemicals

  • Non-stick cookware can emit toxic fumes. Instead, try to cook with cast iron or stainless steel .
  • Use a HEPA-filter vacuum. Household dust can contain lead and fire retardants.
  • Have your child remove his shoes and school clothing when he gets home to decrease the risk of him/her speading pollutants and germs inside yourhouse.
  • Use greener cleaners & avoid pesticides.
  • which can irritate kids’ lungs, especially if your child has asthma.
Natalie Geary