While perusing a blog with kid based activities, I discovered the idea of coloring bath water--how fun! There were several ways provided to do this, and I ended up choosing to purchase Color My Bath Changing Bath Tablets. Initially, I was unsure how I felt about Adeline soaking in these color tabs, but she absolutely loves it. On nights when she doesn't want a bath ( but clearly needs one), one mention of a colored bath and Addie races to the tub. The option to mix and match and create new colors has been really enjoyable for her and it's a fun way to work on her color identification.
I'm pretty conscientious about the foods we eat, the body care products we use, as well as our cleaning products. With that in mind, I was concerned about the ingredient list in the colored tablets and wanted to check the safety myself, as best as I know how. I turned to the EWG website for help and began plugging in ingredients. Their Guide to Healthy Cleaning rates ingredients and products on a typical A-F scale (with "A" representing no concern/very low toxicity and "F" representing highly toxic/no ingredient disclosure. The ratings are broken down by the following categories to make up the final grade: asthma/ respiratory, skin allergies & irritation, developmental & reproductive toxicity, cancer, and environment.
Below is the list of ingredients in the color bath tablets and EWG's rating on each ingredient.
Sodium Carbonate-A (washing soda)
Sodium Bicarbonate-A (baking soda)
Citric Acid-A (natural preservative)
Lactose-A (sugar molecule)
PEG-3350-C (Addie's daily constipation, Miralax, is also named PEG-3350)
Mineral Oil-D (common in cosmetics and body products)
FD & C Blue 1-C (color additive commonly used in food, body products, medicine, etc.)
FD & C Yellow 5-D (color additive commonly used in food, body products, medicine, etc.)
FD & C Red 33-C (color additive commonly used in food, body products, medicine, etc.)
After researching the ingredient list, I feel comfortable using the tablets from time to time. I don't plan to use it forever, but it's a fun addition to bath time while the product lasts.