Non Toxic Toiletries and Products Safe for Fertility, Pregnancy, and Babies
Many of my blog readers and friends ask me what natural, clean, non-toxic sustainable toiletries, skincare, and 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 8 years researching all things non-toxic during our fertility journey (and then pregnancy and parenting).
In the end, these are all natural care products that we use and love! I’ve also included links for some companies that I have researched their ingredients and liked but haven’t used their products (because I know not everyone is into super $$$ mattresses like I am).
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 natural clean 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 all of 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. For more information on fertility supplements for wellness, read this blog post!
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Amazon Non-Toxic Favorites
Although many of the natural, non-toxic, pregnancy-safe and fertility-safe products that I mention on this page are not available on Amazon, several are and they are at an affordable price range! I have an Amazon storefront where I have several categories of non-toxic favorites that you can browse! Here are the links:
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, non toxic 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 natural products to make them smell nice, or a little more robust.
And you can also DIY and make almost any natural cleaning product with these ingredients- salt, lemons, vinegar, and baking soda! I have a great book below that tells you how!
For disinfecting, we now use the Force of Nature system which is an AWESOME little appliance that turns water, salt, and vinegar into a cleaner, deodorizer, and disinfectant as effective as bleach, while staying safe and non-toxic. It also reduces waste because you will never buy another spray bottle again! I hadn’t bought one of these until my best friend from middle school came to visit. She is a science teacher and I showed her the website and asked if it was legit. She was so excited and immediately ordered one for her house!! We ordered one the next week, and have been enjoying it for years. It has been especially helpful in keeping things extra clean during the pandemic!
Disinfecting: Force of Nature (EPA certified to work on COVID-19 for surfaces, if used as directed). You can find the certification here and the registration number is 93040-1.
Cleaning & Laundry:
Branch Basics: We love these products! With one concentrate you can make pregnancy hand soap, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaning spray and degreaser, glass cleaner, and bathroom cleaner. I’ve also made dish soap with it, and cleaned my floors with it! Use code tomakeamommy for 10% off!
Pure Haven: A great non-toxic company that has every cleaning product you might need!
Puracy– A great non-toxic company with soap products, hand sanitizer, pregnancy safe body wash, and cleaning solutions! They frequently have sales.
Non-Toxic Bath, Beauty Shop, & Skin Care – Sustainable Toiletries
I’m a skincare nut when it comes to clean, sustainable, family friendly toiletries, and when it comes to cleansers products, toners, moisturizers, serums, balms, etc., those are all pretty darn potent products that are MEANT to penetrate your skin. Basically what is in your skincare is getting into your body. That is why it is SO important to switch your skincare product before almost anything else! Here are some of the eco friendly toiletry products I’ve tried and loved (and still use!)
When it comes to personal care products you want to look at the ingredients for parabens, phthalates, aluminum in deodorant! Here are all the favorites we have tried and loved. Check out my post on non-toxic deodorant here!
Beautycounter– I like Fresh Coconut the best! This deodorant is a winner because it is REFILLABLE, cutting your plastic waste in a huge way.
Biossance– Baking Soda free for those of you who get irritated!!
When shopping for clean, eco friendly make-up products, 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 product brand with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, polyethylene glycols, and butylated compounds.
Luckily, there are a lot of brands and products that are starting to make the switch to non-toxic versions. Check out my guide to non-toxic make-up! You can use the EWG’s Skin Deep database to find how your make-up scores. I have tried many, many safer brands, and as far as what is available in the US and Canada the best by FAR is Beautycounter. There are other clean brands I like for their ingredients, such as Jane Iredale, Poofy Organics, RMS Beauty, W3ll People, but I prefer the performance and rigorous heavy metal batch testing of Beautycounter. Crunchi and Pure Haven also have rigorous testing!
Shop all my featured shops and favorite skin-care brands:
Beautycounter – All products formulated to be safe for pregnancy & breastfeeding (and all safe for TTC). I use BC for all my cleanser products, moisturizers, serums, toners, and eye creams, etc. All products are formulated to be pregnancy-safe!
Crunchi– Great non-toxic options with basic cleanser, toner, and moisturizer for those who aren’t fussy. Also have an fabulous anti-aging line!
Pure Haven full line of super non-toxic skincare and beauty items!
Ecco Bella–Vegan skin care, make-up, lotions, and hair care, I love them for the non-toxic essential oil based PERFUME!
Attitude– Great priced range of clean shampoos, body washes, baby supplies, cleaning supplies, and more!
The Mighty XO– Magnesium lotions and rollers, mixed with organic essential oils.
Non-Toxic Body Wash & Body Soap
For clean, non-toxic and pregnancy-safe body wash, I often use baby soap as it works best for my sensitive skin! My husband prefers the charcoal alternatives which help a little more, with, ahem, smell.
Traditional sunscreens are loaded with cancer-causing agents and endcrine-disrupting phthalates and parabens. Here are my favorite safe sunscreens, and here is my article all about fertility & sunscreen!
One of the most frequent questions I get is about caffeine and fertility. I don’t recommend it at all; studies show it is linked to infertility and miscarriage. My favorite substitutes, are Dandy Blend and Crui Bru, but both are potentially problematic. 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! I use a vaccuum insulated stainless steel french press (below) for my Crui Bru!
Dandy Blend– My preference, but it turns out to be problematic in terms of trace gluten and some are concerned with chicory in pregnancy. I drank throughout both pregnancies.
Crui Bru– Delicious and indulgent, but there is some research that suggests that the theobromide in the cocao may be harmful to fertility. I drank this throughout my second pregnancy, but would probably not now if trying to conceive.
Rasa– Made with adaptogens, I love this for post-partum and every day energy support. The adaptogens may not be appropriate for everyone when TTC. Consult with an herbalist, naturopath, or acupuncturist to help determine if it is right for you.
Traditional laundry detergents are loaded with fragrances (pthhalates) that are directly harmful to fertility. The same goes for stain removers. Also, dryer sheets are one of the worst things you can do for your fertility- you’re coating your clothes with pthalates. Making this product switch is huge, because moving away from smelling phthalates all day long lingering on your clothes, sheets, etc., makes a huge difference in your total toxic load! And you can easily carry some of these sustainable products with you when you travel so you don’t have to use any traditional laundry detergents. Here are our favorite non-toxic options.
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.
We’ve done lots of research on the healthiest oils and here is what product 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.
Non-Toxic Toothpaste & Floss
Conventional toothpaste has triclosan, which is an endocrine disruptor, SLS, which is a powerful surfectant with the potential for issues (but not proven), and flouride, which some people (especially those with thyroid issues) choose to avoid while trying to conceive, pregnant, or just at all. We check all ingredients and choose to use a toothpaste WITH flouride but WITHOUT triclosan or SLS. For our children, we choose without flouride because they don’t know how to spit. Also- conventional floss is often coated with PFAS- the same nasty chemicals in non-stick pots and pans. Grab some all-natural floss. We like this kind because you order refills and it lowers your impact on the environment.
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!
Seed– The best probiotic on the planet. Use code TOMAKEAMOMMY for 15% off your first order
Perfect Supplements– new favorite source for Collagen Peptides, Acai Powder, and Spirulina. They test each batch for heavy metals, pesticides, and more. Get 10% off with code ANNA10
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.