Published: September 11, 2023
- All currently available reactive-agent home test kits for Lead can give both false positives and false negatives when used to test consumer goods [again — that is an inappropriate use — for which they were NOT designed or intended] .
- These false and misleading results create panic in consumers (or can “reassure” a parent that a product is safe when it actually may not be!)
- This has resulted in persistent viral misinformation on social media that distracts and confuses consumers, undermining trust in Lead-testing in general, and taking the crucial focus off of REAL data about REAL Lead hazards, and the need to identify and recall GENUINELY-contaminated products, and holding manufacturers (and “certification mills”) accountable for their ACTUAL blunders and misdeeds!
HOW MANY COMPANIES DO THAT?!
This is what the knock-off kits look like (although there are several different types of packaging they come in, now):
- The other brands and knock-off testing swabs (all the other similar testing swabs being sold on Amazon today) ARE NOT USEFUL for testing house paint (or consumer goods — regardless of whatever the false advertising claims on their packaging may assert!).
- This is because other brands and unbranded knock-offs ALL have very imprecise formulations that can give false positives on things as innocuous as printer paper — and even the water you dip the knock-off swabs in to “activate” them!
- As a fun little experiment, we used one of the knock-off swabs to test the paper label on the package it came in and it tested “positive” [falsely] for Lead!
So how can I test my consumer goods for Lead, then?
- “vintage glass,”
- “brown glass,”
- “amber glass,”
- “fire king,” or
- “anchor hocking,”
- and “loaf pan.”
- Type in each word separately to the search bar at the top of any page of the site to find similar examples — and to find modern, Lead-free alternatives.
More projects in the works…
- Eric / Scitus is currently also working on developing a truly exciting new product — based on COMPLETELY NEW TECHNOLOGY. Based on the science, and his own R&D — he expects this new technology (which I have seen demonstrated already) should work reliably and accurately for detecting Lead in many consumer goods and that it will be similarly inexpensive, so please do stand by for that!
- Eric is also working on creating new packaging for his products to sell in larger quantities (more tests in package), for even better economy.
- We are also (separately) in the early phases of discussion regarding collaborating on setting up affordable(subsidized) lab testing for consumers (following the same consumer-directed model we have always used here at Lead Safe Mama, LLC) — to test food and supplement products (like salt, prenatal vitamins, etc.!).
And so, to recap:
If you want to test the paint in your home, please only purchase the genuine carefully formulated/ batch-tested/ American-made products by Scitus: https://amzn.to/3PaO1ON (affiliate link). DO NOT purchase any of the imported knock-offs (which give very high rates of false-positives and false-negatives due to poor product formulation)!
(see image below):
- The knock-offs have a yellow-orange swab tip (almost a little pinkish / redish — even BEFORE activation, in some cases!).
- The genuine Scitus product has a white/gray swab tip.
- The knock-offs have a yellowish stick (it looks like their testing solution has “spilled” all over the stick).
- The genuine Scitus product has a natural wood/ lighter stick.
- The knock-offs are “activated” with water and often start turning pink before you even touch them to anything (so people have contacted me because they thought their water tested positive for Lead – somehow detected with these kits (which is not even possible, given the low threshold of detection for water is a different order of magnitude! [ppb vs. ppm]).
- The Scitus swabs are activated with white vinegar. They turn yellowish when activated and then turn pink-to-purple-to-dark-purple/brown when in contact with high-Lead paint (when used as directed, following the instructions in the packaging.)
And I will say this one more time for good measure: there are currently NO reliable home test kits for testing for Lead in consumer goods. The Scitus product is the best currently available product for consumers to test for Lead in the paint on their homes. Please always follow the instructions when using.
Amazon links are affiliate links. If you purchase something after clicking on one of our affiliate links, Lead Safe Mama, LLC may receive a percentage of what you spend — at no extra cost to you.
Lead Safe Mama Collaborations With Scitus to Date:
Scitus is so committed to the cause that they are going out of their way to support the work of Lead Safe Mama, LLC in every way they can. So far, Scitus has supported our work in the following ways:
- Scitus hired Lead Safe Mama, LLC for a phone consult to discuss the issues with their product.
- Scitus hired Lead Safe Mama, LLC to help rework the language on the packaging and online listings for their products.
- Scitus helped cover a significant portion of the costs of Lead Safe Mama, LLC’s New York City Subway PSA Campaign about Lead in consumer goods.
- Scitus has come on board as a newsletter sponsor for the Lead Safe Mama, LLC e-mail newsletter (to help us cover costs directly related to the newsletter hosting/sending, drafting, and editing of our content).
- Scitus has sponsored the production of a new three-part segment for our “Ten Minutes With Tamara” YouTube Series.
- Scitus purchased a new laptop computer for Lead Safe Mama, LLC to help support our work (because our main computer was failing!).
- Scitus hired Lead Safe Mama, LLC to create draft content for info sheet graphics about household items commonly contaminated with Lead.
- More to come!