For years, you used talcum powder every single day. It was part of your routine. It has been that way as long as you can remember. Since it's often marketed for babies and young children, along with adults, you have always assumed it was safe.
Now you have been hearing about potential links to cancer and lawsuits revolving around talcum powder, asbestos and the like. You're worried, of course, and you want to change up your routine. You know that the consistent use of any dangerous product seriously increases your own risks. But what other options do you have?
There are other choices, depending on your needs and usage. Some of them include:
- Sodium bicarbonate, which is typically marketed as baking soda.
- Cornstarch, which you'll also find around the baking supplies at your standard store.
- Oat flour, which is a bit more coarse than some other options.
- Arrowroot starch, which is often used by those who embrace the paleo diet.
- Tapioca starch, which, like arrowroot, is a natural plant-based starch that paleo bakers use a lot.
- Dusting powder or deodorant powder. There are numerous commercial offerings made by companies that want to give consumers an alternative to talcum powder. They generally give them one of these two names, though you may find other commercial products in the same style.
It's good that you are thinking of switching to something that may be safer, but you have to consider the fact that talcum powder may already have had a negative impact on your health. If so, you need to know about all of your legal options.