PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water supply. Can I shower, bathe, wash clothes/dishes, water my plants, etc.?

Yes. Based on the current science, only a small amount of PFAS gets into your body through skin, so little PFAS exposure would come from showering, bathing, and similar activities.

Typical follow-up: What about brushing my teeth? - The amount of water ingested while brushing teeth is minimal relative to the amount of water typically consumed through eating and Exposures from brushing teeth would present a minimal health risk.

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1. What is PFAS?
2. What are the health advisory levels for PFAS compounds?
3. What is the difference between an interim and final health advisory level?
4. Will EPA release an enforceable regulation for GenX in drinking water?
5. How do I know if my drinking water contains PFAS?
6. PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water. Is it safe to drink?
7. PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water supply. Can I shower, bathe, wash clothes/dishes, water my plants, etc.?
8. Can I use my water to mix my babies’ formula?
9. PFAS (PFOA, PFOS, GenX, PFBS) has been detected in my water supply. Is it safe for pets or animals?
10. What health effects should I be worried about?
11. How can I be exposed to PFAS?
12. What can I do to reduce my exposures to PFAS?
13. Is there one location where PFAS studies are summarized?