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Tips for Creating a Latex-Free Home

Make a clean sweep of your house. Get rid of anything that has latex in it. Here’s where latex may be hiding:

  • Rubber sink stoppers and sink mats
  • Rubber or rubber-grip utensils
  • Electrical cords or water hoses
  • Bath mats and floor rugs that have rubber backing
  • Toothbrushes with rubber grips or handles
  • Tub toys
  • Sanitary napkins that have rubber in the lining or adhesive
  • Condoms or diaphragms
  • Disposable diapers
  • Waterproof bed pads with rubber
  • Underwear, socks, and clothes with elastic bands that have rubber
  • Adhesives such as glue, paste, art supplies, glue pens
  • Older Barbie dolls and other rubber dolls
  • Rubber bands, mouse and keyboard cords, desktop and chair pads, rubber stamps
  • Mouse and wrist pads with rubber
  • Keyboards and calculators with rubber keys or switches
  • Pens with comfort grip or any rubber coating
  • Remote controls for TVs or other appliances with rubber grips or keys
  • Camera, telescope, or binocular eyepieces
  • Swimming caps and bathing suits with elastic

Alternatives to Latex

There is life after latex!

  • Instead of rubber toys, use plastic or cloth toys
  • Instead of rubber bottle nipples, use silicone bottle nipples
  • Instead of rubber gloves, use synthetic or cotton gloves
  • Instead of shoes with rubber, use leather or man-made material
  • Instead of rubber bands, use paper clips, string, or twine
  • Instead of a raincoat, use a nylon or synthetic waterproof coat
  • Instead of regular balloons, use Mylar balloons

When it comes to condoms, there are latex-free versions made of things like polyisoprene and polyurethane. They offer birth control and can protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Just look for latex-free on the package. Natural membrane (or sheepskin) condoms can work as a birth control alternative to latex, but they don't protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

Other Ways to Latex-Proof Your Home

  • If your family wears rubber-soled shoes, keep all shoes, boots, and sneakers in covered containers. That’s because some people with latex allergies might react to airborne latex particles from shoes.
  • Before you buy clothes or home supplies online or in a store, ask the supplier if they have latex in them.
  • If you're having a party, plan in advance to make sure latex isn't there.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Luqman Seidu, MD on October 26, 2014

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