The chemicals found in everyday household products have a surprisingly large impact on egg quality and miscarriage risk. Research suggests that common hormone-disrupting chemicals such as BPA and pthalates are particularly problematic.

To minimize exposure to BPA, start by replacing the plastic kitchenware products you use most often with glass or stainless steel.  I like Pyrex and Anchor Hocking food storage containers. (They are hard to break, less expensive, and the lids don’t have seals that are difficult to clean).  BPA-free plastic is not the best solution because it often contains other similar chemicals such as BPS.



A stainless steel water bottle is also a good purchase.  My favorite brand is Klean Kanteen. They are easy to clean, durable, leak-proof, and the insulated versions keep drinks hot or cold all day.  They do not impart a metallic taste unlike some other brands, and the plastic sport caps are made from polypropylene, which is non-toxic.




If you currently use a plastic water filter pitcher (such as Brita or Pur) one option is to replace the filter with a faucet-fitted one so the filtered water is not sitting in a plastic container.  The Pur faucet filter is a good cheap solution, at about $25.  (But keep in mind that it will not fit on spray-type faucets and leaks if the internal filter is not replaced frequently.)  If you need to stick to a plastic filter pitcher, you can also minimize the chemicals leaching into the water by pouring the filtered water straight into a glass pitcher.


Your coffee machine is another likely source of plastic chemicals such as BPA and phthalates, given the hot liquid flowing through plastic internal parts.  A good solution is a glass or stainless steel french press, which will cost around $30-$50.  I like Bodum and Sterling Pro.




Laundry and Cleaning

To minimize exposure to pthalates, a good place to start is to replace laundry detergent and other cleaning supplies with fragrance-free and non-toxic products. Good brands include Puracy, Seventh Generation, Honest, Ecover, and Better Life.








For laundry and cleaning products, The Honest Company is also highly recommended.

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