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Data last updated:
July 2013

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Colgate Toothpaste, SpongeBob Squarepants

EWG scientists reviewed Colgate Toothpaste, SpongeBob Squarepants for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Colgate Toothpaste, SpongeBob Squarepants is 3.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
Allergies & immunotoxicity
Use restrictions

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
(Active Ingredient)
Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards, Use restrictions
Data: Fair
Data: Fair
PEG-12Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
TITANIUM DIOXIDEOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards
Data: Good
FD&C BLUE 1Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
MICAOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation
Data: Fair
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATEEcotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
Data: Fair
SORBITOLNone Identified
Data: Fair
CELLULOSE GUMNone Identified
Data: Fair
SODIUM SACCHARINMultiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Limited
HYDRATED SILICAPersistence and bioaccumulation
Data: Fair
Data: Robust

About the ratings

EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. Learn more | Legal Disclaimer