What are we going to take a bath with
Keeping things on course I took the kids shopping at Rite-Aid. Henry demanded a Cars bubble bath and Shauna wanted Bratz. I began reading the darned labels and noticed that they all contained sodium laureth sulfate. I knew something about sodium laureth sulfate from my reporting. Stan Milstein of the Food and Drug Administration told me all about the problems their laboratory was finding with formation of a chemical called 1,4-dioxane or diethylene oxide, an offspring of ethylene oxide, a chemical, one of about twenty, known to cause human cancer. They were using the ethylene oxide to ethoxylate a natural substance called sodium lauryl sulfate and make it softer and gentler. That was very possibly one reason Johnson’s, for example, which made many of the kids’ shampoos, claimed its formula was gentle to the eyes and produced “no more tears.” Some of the kids’ products had enough to be of real concern, Milstein said.
We bought a bunch of products but I didn't let the kids use them.
“You mean we can’t use them?” Shauna said.
“No, I want to test them.”
“For what?” Henry said.
“A dangerous chemical I think might be in them.”
“What are we going to take a bath with?” Shauna said.