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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.