Ok, so the name may evoke a giggle or two. When I heard about this amazing new product ingredient app, it was only available on iPhone, and I had an Android phone. So I texted my husband… “Can you download an app for me on your work phone? … it’s called Think Dirty.” I got a little chuckle out of what any of his coworkers might think if they happened to check what he was downloading on his phone.
But the Think Dirty app is an incredibly simple and smart app that helps find the toxins that lurk in bath, laundry, and cosmetic products you may be purchasing, even products marketed as safe or healthy. These are toxins that can cause cancer, reproductive and neurological problems, asthma, allergies, and more.
These toxins are even present in products marked “organic” and “natural.” Surprised? This is because there are no legal requirements about how these words can be used on cosmetics, unlike the food industry.
Since our skin absorbs pretty much everything we put on it, it is so important to know what is in the products we use on our hair and skin, and certainly our children’s.
Thanks to this nifty little app, you can scan products while you shop, find out if there are harmful chemicals in the product, and get the product’s overall score on the “Dirty Meter.” Products with a score of zero are the best, and a score of ten is the worst.
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The app is now available on iPhone and Android (still in the Beta version on Android), and the database currently contains over 11,000 products. Plus, you can easily submit products that are not in the database, and they are adding new products every day.
I use the Think Dirty app when I shop for everything from toothpaste to shampoo to sunscreen. Each time you scan a product and get a score, you can also see similar products with very clean scores that are recommended. You can earn badges for scanning and submitting items, and even add all the products you own to your “Bathroom Shelf” in the app to receive a score for how “clean” your bathroom is.
The founder of Think Dirty said she was motivated to create the app by her own family history of cancer and by Annie Leonard’s eight-minute video, “The Story of Cosmetics.” (If you haven’t seen Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Stuff,” you may want to start there – it’s one of the things that first led me to making more conscious decisions about what to purchase).
Next time you are at the store, you can have the information you need right at your fingertips to make an informed decision about the products you buy. You can have the knowledge to protect yourself and your family from toxins, and vote with your dollars about the types of products you want stores to carry, all thanks to the help of this little app.
Download the app here on the iTunes App Store!
And download the beta version for Android here on Google Play!
Make sure you check out this post to see how I used the app to investigate shampoo at Target: Healthy Natural Shampoo Review