Posted by: Chloe Schwabe | May 8, 2009

5 Ways to Make Mother’s Day Toxic-Free

Two days ago I became an auntie for the first time and my sister became a mother. This has me thinking more about how to care for those that are new in this world and those who are bringing life into this world. Here are a few ideas on how to make this coming Sunday- and everyday- toxic-free for Mom.

1. Send a letter to your members of Congress to educate them about toxic chemicals in our personal care products. Currently the FDA has little authority to regulate what chemicals companies put into our personal care products. Not even all the ingredients are always put on the bottle! Yet some of these chemical have been linked with early puberty in girls, cancer, and reproductive birth defects.  Send a letter to let your decision makers know about hazardous chemicals in cosmetics products.

2. Check out Mom’s personal care products for toxic ingredients on the Skin Deep database. When I learned my sister was pregnant we chatted and waded through the database to find out what cosmetics would be safe for her and the son she was carrying.  This is a good resource for putting together a baby registry. By the way, we will soon have a safe cosmetics toolkit that will teach you how to make your own personal care products.

3. Make Mom some green cleaning products. Many cleaning products found in the super market contain chemicals linked with respiratory illnesses, learning disabilities, and cancer. A little vinegar and baking soda can go a long way. Download a recipe booklet on our website.

4. Make Mom an organic, locally grown meal. Many a farmer’s markets are starting to open up. This is a great opportunity to support local food systems and eat produce or meat that is pesticide and hormone free.  Some pesticides have been linked to disrupting the way hormones are released in our bodies  and learning and developmental disabilities. Check out our faithful farming resources.

5. Consider swapping out Mom’s non-stick Teflon pans that contain a chemical (PFOA) that the Centers for Disease Control found carcinogenic with stainless steel or cast iron pans.

Find more tips in either the Mindful Living education and worship guide or the Mindful Living gathering guide.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers and grandmothers  out there!



  1. Hi–I applaud the idea of creating a safer non-toxic home, and because there’s so much misinformation out there about Teflon, I’m not surprised that you are concerned. I’m a representative of DuPont though, and hope you’ll let me share some information with you and your readers, so that everyone can make truly informed decisions. Regulatory agencies, consumer groups and health associations all have taken a close look at Teflon. This article highlights what they found — the bottom line is that you can use Teflon without worry.
    I’d truly be glad to share additional information about it, and appreciate your consideration of this comment. Cheers, Ross.

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