Many of my blog readers and friends ask me what non-toxic products we use in our home and personal care routines. I wanted to make one page that was an easy one-stop-shop for all your non-toxic shopping! I have spent about 5 years researching all things non-toxic during our fertility journey (and then pregnancy and parenting). At times it was very overwhelming- for example, it took me two years to fully research water filters and commit to one!
In the end, these are all products that we use and love! I do have some pregnancy and baby products at the very bottom of the page for those of you who already have kids, or for when you bring your baby home. If you’re not there yet, just don’t scroll all the way to the bottom.
You can of course also find your own products. You can use the Environmental Working Group‘s different databases to search for products and ingredients and make sure your preferred product is safe. Ideally you are looking for EWG verified products, but generally a rating of A, or a 1 or a 2 is okay.
The most important ingredients to avoid for fertility and pregnancy are BPA, phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and the PFOA in nonstick pots and pans. If you can manage also avoid the sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS). If you are avoiding those, you are crushing it. If you want to go crazy (like I do), then you can look for products that are totally toxin free, meaning not only are they safe for fertility, but they also don’t have any cancer-causing ingredients, or skin irritants, etc.
If there is a kind of product you are looking for that isn’t listed here, please let me know! I’ve also included our male and female fertility supplement list for easy reference.
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Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies
The most important ingredients to avoid in cleaning supplies are the endocrine disruptors- phthalates, parabens, triclosan (found in all “antibacterial” products), and sodium lauryl sulfate. Watch out for bleach (especially with chlorine) and ammonia as well. If you notice the Unscented Dr. Bronner’s is listed first- you can basically use that for EVERYTHING: handsoap, body wash, shampoo, bubble bath, shaving, brushing teeth, rinsing fruit, hand washing dishes, laundry, mopping, all purpose cleaning, washing windows, and scrubbing toilets. You can also add your own essential oils to these to make them smell nice, or a little more robust.
And you can also DIY and make almost any cleaning product with salt, lemons, vinegar, and baking soda! I have a great book below that tells you how!
NOTE: Although we use some Seventh Generation, some of their items DO have sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). They swear it is a special safe version. I avoid these products, but my husband still wants something that says “disinfecting” for when we cook chicken. So we compromise and he uses the one shown below (“disinfecting spray”) only at those times. The other Seventh Generation products on this page are free of SLS and are fine.
When shopping for make-up, make sure everything is phthalate free and paraben free. Some make-up still has lead in it, so make sure your selection is free of that as well. You also want to avoid any formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, polyethylene glycols, and butylated compounds. Luckily, there are a lot of brands that are starting to make the switch to non-toxic versions. You can use the EWG’s Skin Deep database to find how your make-up scores. The best by FAR are Beauty Counter and Mineral Fusion. You can buy Beauty Counter from a friend who sells it, or from Target. Mineral Fusion is substantially cheaper, and available on Amazon, at Whole Foods, Wegmans, and probably at your local organic store. It is what I use primarily! I also still use some of the Bare Essentials products that are super non-toxic!
Non-Toxic Coffee Maker & Alternatives
The number one question I get is about caffeine and fertility. I don’t recommend it at all; studies show it is linked to miscarriage. My favorite substitute, Dandy Blend, is below. However, if you are going to make coffee, you should buy organic, swiss-water process decaf (this is the one I splurge on), and make it in GLASS and use an unbleached paper filter. It turns out coffee has a lot of cholesterol, but paper filters it out. My husband uses a glass pour-over set up to solve all these problems. He just removes the plastic part on top of the carafe. This also stores easily in a cabinet instead of living on your counter all the time!
Non-Toxic Household Products
There are a number of toxins hiding in your house that can affect fertility, increase the risk of miscarriage, and harm the natural development of infants. For example, your vinyl shower curtain has PVC, VOCs, and phthalates, and your tap water is likely laden with a plethora of endocrine disruptors. You can buy a cheap polyester one instead (like we do), or invest in a fancy hemp one. Also, phthalates live in the dust of your house- so you need a good HEPA filter vacuum to suck those up every week. Oh- since I don’t have a separate laundry entry- never ever use dryer sheets! Instead, we have reuseable felt balls that keep our clothes fluffy while drying! Don’t forget to invest in a high-quality water filter, here is my post explaining how to pick one!
Non-Toxic Kitchen Products
The most important things to do in your kitchen are eliminate plastic as much as possible and never use non-stick coated pots or pans. Here is my big long blog post on how to detox your kitchen, and here are our favorite non-toxic products! We make almost all of our food at home and LOVE cooking, and have done the most research in this area, so we have a lot of recommendations! Also, we were lucky to receive super high quality stainless steel pots and pans for our wedding (seen below), but as long as you get high-quality stainless (see blog post for details) you can find a cheaper set for sure. I included the NutriBullet in this list, even though it is plastic because we use it so many times a day. It is a non-toxic plastic, with no BPA and no phthalates, but it is one of the few things we handwash instead of putting in the dishwasher. Also, our All-Clad pots and pans are very expensive, but any high-quality stainless steel set is going to be good! This affordable Cuisinart set works, it is a high quality 18/10 stainless steel.
Non-Toxic Cooking Oils & Foods
We’ve done lots of research on the healthiest oils and here is what we use- organic REAL olive oil for salad dressings, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil for regular pan frying, cooking, and baking, and avacado oil for high-heat frying. We avoid plastic containers because the high-fat content of oils is more likely to leach the BPA or phthalates from the plastic. We use these BPA-free, non aluminum-canned coconut creams, because we are too lazy to make our own from scratch (which would be ideal).
Non-Toxic Personal Care Items
When it comes to personal care you want to be on the look out for parabens, phthalates, aluminum in deoderant and sneaky sodium lauryl sulfate which hides in soap and in your toothpaste! Ick! Here is what we use! Note- we choose a non-toxic toothpaste WITH flouride, BUT we filter the flouride out of our drinking water. Its how we stay healthy overall, but still keep our teeth in good shape. Here our the deodorants, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and sunscreen that we use!
Female & Male Fertility Supplement List
You can read my full post on female fertility supplements, and how to not go overboard and select the vitamins that are best for YOU! But, for quick reference, here are our the ones we use! We subscribe to many of them via Amazon Subscribe & Save to save money!
Hers- Female Fertility Supplements for Diminished Ovarian Reserve, High FSH, low AMH, Endometriosis
His- Male Fertility Supplements for increasing overall motility, mobility, and sperm count (and don’t forget my male fertility smoothie!)
Non-Toxic Products for Pregnancy, Birth, Nursing & Babies
Once you’ve done all this research, have changed your life, and are blessed with a little miracle, you do everything you possibly can to avoid having them exposed to harmful toxins and chemicals. I did just as much research on these products for non-toxic belly balm, birth oils, nipple cream, baby shampoo and soap (we brought our own to the hospital- really), diapers, wipes, bottles, sippee/straw cups, plates and utensils. We actually all use the baby shampoo/soap as our family body wash.