Scientists cleaning their labs have discovered that a plain old sponge is surprisingly well suited to removing bisphenol A (BPA) from surfaces and equipment.
Ever heard of phthalates? They're a class of chemicals used to soften plastics found in everything from household containers to medical supplies, and to stabilize colors and fragrances in cosmetics like lipstick and perfume.
Remember in 2008 when reports on the harmful effects of the chemical bisphenol A (aka BPA) caused people to throw out their Nalgene water bottles en masse? Well, scientists have just discovered another commonly handled source of BPA: your money.