My kids started school last week. Schools can be toxic places. From pesticides and herbicides used outdoors to harsh chemical cleaning products used inside, our children are exposed to many toxins while getting an education.
One area of concern that you can easily change is the soap used for hand washing. Schools promote hand washing to keep children healthy. Unfortunately, the soap provided is often anti-bacterial containing harmful ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and triclosan. My son can’t handle either of these products on his skin. I think of his skin sensitivity as the canary in the mine for the rest of us.
Avoiding the topic of how antibacterial soaps actually weaken our immune system and make us more sick, triclosan is the real concern, more than SLS. Beyond Pesticides explains:
What can you do? If your school will not respond to your request to change the soap in the classroom and bathrooms, make a donation. It is not only important for your own children, but all the other children will benefit as well.