. . . nearly half of the respondents do not believe that the government adequately regulates personal care products (45.4%) and over half do not feel that they know all they need to know about the ingredients in the personal care products they use (62.5%).
momsAWARE has created an opportunity to test your knowledge and learn more about the hidden ingredients in your personal care and other household products. This 15-question Chemical Awareness Quiz covers subjects ranging from antibacterial soaps to pesticides to mouthwash. Below are a few samples of the kinds of questions included on the quiz.
- How many personal care products does the average woman use each day?
- According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers' 2008 annual report, this was the top cause of poisoning in children under age 5:
a. Household cleaners
b. Pain medications
c. Cosmetics/personal care products
d. Foreign bodies/toys
- The manufacturer of this consumer product warns against using it near birds because it can "damage a bird's lungs with alarming speed."
a. Non-stick cookware
b. Ant spray
c. Weed killer
d. Furniture polish
- Triclosan, one of the primary ingredients in antibacterial soaps, is classified by the U.S. government as a:
c. Waste product
- Dr. Harvey Wiley, the "Father of the Pure Food and Drugs Act," advised against using aluminum in food products, saying it is "universally acknowledged as a poison in all countries." Aluminum is commonly found in all of these products EXCEPT:
c. Food additives
d. Buffered aspirin