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Green Bathtubs

Question from C. H. I am looking for an airjet tub that would be safe. One company [name deleted] said that their urethane tubs are the only green product around. My HVAC guy says that 100% acrylic tubs are inert. However, as far as I can see, the acrylic tubs have a...

Safe Dinnerware

Question from J. W. Do you have a suggestion for safe, non-toxic everday dinnerware? Debra’s Answer Personally, I stay away from plastic dishware of any kind. I have an assorted collection of dishware and glassware that includes clear glass, handmade pottery,...

Sealing Toxic Particleboard Furniture

Question from P. N. I have a crazy situation. I put a $500.00 deposit down on some furniture I love, but found out it’s wood veneer over fiber-board. I’ve been agonizing for a week whether to have it delivered or if I should lose my deposit, or at least...

Nontoxic garden hose

Question from R. G. I was wondering if you know of a safe nontoxic garden hose, one that doesn’t leach any toxic chemicals or plasticizers into the water? Debra’s Answer All garden hoses are made from either polyvinyl chloride “PVC” or...

Water-based Deck Finish

Question from P. S. What do you recommend for a water-based deck finish? Debra’s Answer There are two types of deck finish: oil-based, which penetrates the wood, and water-based, which lies on top. This article from This Old House explains the difference and why...

Cotton Swimsuits

Question from A. Z. What kind of swimsuit do you wear when you swim in your chlorine-free pool? Are cotton swimsuits available, or swimsuits made from other natural fibers? Debra’s Answer I have had cotton swimsuits in the past, but today I wear standard nylon...

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Question from P. S. How can I clean stainless steel without toxic chemcials? Debra’s Answer No need for a commercial cleaner. You can just use that old good-for-everything standby baking soda, mixed with water to make a paste. Add...

Types of Wood Flooring

Question from R. W. We want to replace carpeting in our daughter’s bedroom. She is chemically sensitive and so we were comparing prefinished wood flooring with laminate wood flooring. At our local Lowe’s store we saw Bruce wood floor and a Pergo laminate....

Fels Naptha Soap

Question from Z. X. I’ve seen many recipes for cleaning items using Fels Naptha soap. Do you have any idea of whether this has toxic ingredients? Debra’s Answer 100 years ago, Fels-Naptha was the most commonly used laundry soap. It is hard to find now, but...

ARE TOXIC PRODUCTS HIDDEN IN YOUR HOME?

Toxic Products Don’t Always Have Warning Labels. Find Out About 3 Hidden Toxic Products That You Can Remove From Your Home Right Now.