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.