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Is There a Talcum Powder Alternative? 3 Substitutes You Can Use

White Cornstarch

As more people file talcum powder lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, concerns continue to grow about the link between using baby powder and ovarian cancer.

While J&J claim their baby powder is entirely safe, some juries have determined there is enough evidence to suggest J&J were aware of the potential risks of using talcum powder for feminine hygiene and decided not to warn their consumers. To avoid the risks, it’s recommended you use a talcum powder alternative instead, here are some of the most popular baby powder substitutes.

Many of these alternatives can often be found in your bathroom or even in your kitchen.


Cornstarch is a powdery starch substance which is made from corn. It is very absorbent and excellent for curing and preventing skin rashes. Cornstarch is a popular talcum powder alternative.

Many mothers recommend using cornstarch instead of talc for their babies because cornstarch particles are bigger and have a reduced risk of inhalation than baby powder poses. If you use talcum powder on your baby, it’s strongly advised to keep the powder far away from the baby’s face because when the particles are inhaled, they can negatively affect the baby’s breathing and cause future problems in the lungs.

Cornstarch is considered to have the same absorbent benefits of talc without the risks.

Of course, it depends on what brand you buy but many brands of cornstarch contain less chemicals compared to other baby powder brands.

Baking Soda

Another substitute for baby powder is baking soda. You probably didn’t think this common baking ingredient had hygiene benefits too. Baking soda is great at absorbing odors. It’s commonly recommended to use on your feet to help keep them dry and reduce the rise of unpleasant smells.

Baking soda is another alternative to use on baby rashes and dry skin too.

Along with having odor, cosmetic and skin benefits, baking soda is used to clean and remove stains on clothing. It’s an all-in-one solution.

Oat Flour

Although it’s a lot thicker in comparison to the other alternatives above, oat flour still has many benefits. For a start, it’s all natural and doesn’t contain any chemicals or additives. You can purchase it from the store or even make it yourself.

The Importance of Using a Talcum Powder Alternative

There are many studies that suggest talcum powder can cause ovarian cancer when used for feminine hygiene. Due to the risks, it’s medically recommended you use an alternative to talcum powder.

There are some studies that dispute the risks of baby powder but why take the risk? There is clear evidence that J&J were aware of the risks and they decided to keep quiet about them instead. They have not recalled their baby powder and they have not provided any warnings on their products.

Don’t take the risk – there are many alternatives available that don’t have the potential risks attached.

Have You or a Loved One Been Negatively by Talcum Powder?

If you or a loved one has developed ovarian cancer as a result of long-term talcum powder use, you could be eligible to file a talcum powder lawsuit. So far, there has been some successful talcum powder cancer lawsuits which means there is a good chance you could claim compensation for damages caused by talc.

At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, we provide a free eligibility test you can use to determine whether you are eligible to claim compensation. At the moment, there is a strict eligibility criteria so if your case does not meet the criteria, it’s unlikely your case will make it to court.

Our test is absolutely free and within minutes you can find out whether you’re eligible to file a claim.

Once you’ve completed the test and if you’re eligible, you will need to find the best attorney for your case, here is some advice for finding the best talcum powder lawyer and more information on how to start a talcum powder lawsuit.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.