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Replacing Silicone Bakeware

Last week I wrote about the toxicity of silicone and revealed that while research is still limited, studies show that silicone does leach potentially harmful chemicals into food, particularly at temperatures above 300°.  Following the precautionary principle, I recommend avoiding cooking and baking with silicone.   What Do I Buy to Replace my Silicone Bakeware? […]

July 6, 2020

The Toxicity of Silicone

Silicones are made from silicon, a naturally-occurring element that is abundant in sand.  However, in order to make silicon available for industrial processes, it’s heated to very high temperatures and reacted with fossil-fuel derived hydrocarbons.1 This may explain why some people who are sensitive to petrochemicals may react to silicones.   In order to make […]

June 30, 2020

The Toxicity of Polyethylene

Polyethylene is the most widely produced commodity plastic and it is primarily used for packaging.  Some common forms of polyethylene are: Low-density polyethylene LDPE is a flexible material that is used in food storage bags, trash and grocery bags, toys, and housewares. The plastic recycling code of LDPE is #4.1 High-density polyethylene HDPE has high strength […]

June 23, 2020

The Toxicity of Polypropylene

Polypropylene is the second-most widely produced commodity plastic (after polyethylene) and it is often used in packaging and labeling. Polypropylene is very similar to polyethylene but has greater resistance to heat, which is why it is often used for food packaging and food storage bags and containers.   Is Polypropylene Safe?   Polypropylene is considered one […]

June 14, 2020

Do Plants Really Remove VOCs from Indoor Air?

I regularly see healthy-living experts touting the use of houseplants to clean indoor air.  Unfortunately, most research does not support this claim.  I have a lot of plants in my home because I appreciate their aesthetic value.  I hope that they contribute some small benefit to my home’s air quality but I don’t rely on […]

June 5, 2020

How to Minimize Odor and Off-Gassing from Paint

A reader submitted a question to Toxic Free Q&A about how to minimize lingering odor from zero-VOC paint.  Andy Pace, from The Green Design Center, wrote in with a comment that was so helpful I want to share it with everyone.   According to Andy, “Lingering odor is almost always caused by moisture trapped in […]

June 2, 2020

Wet Room Floor

Question from Marilyn I’m planning to redo a bathroom with an open shower. The contractor tells me it involves some kind of hot tar layer to make the floor water proof before laying tile. Do you know of a non-toxic option that meets California code? Lisa’s Answer   I am not familiar with California code so […]

Reading an SDS for Tile

Question from Marilyn I’ve been trying to verify content of tiles for a shower remodel. It took several days, but Daltile sent me an SDS for their 4″x4″ glossy white tile in the Restore line. I’ve been unable to get any SDS for the 4″ white Daltile tile sold at Home Depot. Neither company seems to […]

Toxic Exposure Testing Kits

Question from Riley I’m on the search for reliable tests to sample exposure in my home. I have been spending a lot of time online trying to find the best most trusted companies, but that is hard these days. Wondering if you have a sought out trusted company and/or specific tests that are affordable, and […]

Obasan Mattresses

Question from Lauren Can you tell me anything about Obasan mattresses. I read on another website that they are a great choice but haven’t been able to find much info about them otherwise however they look promising. I have been doing so much research on mattresses and am really having trouble making a decision. What […]

June 1, 2020

Coil Springs in Mattresses

Question from Mary I have Naturepedic beds in my house and we had a emf specialist come and a few of the beds have a magnetic charge that he said would be coming from the steel coils in the mattress. What are your thoughts on this? Are there any latex no coil mattress’ you recommend. […]

Acrylic, Wood Veneer, or Wood Composite

Question from Lanny I am desperately searching for a bed tray to use for my laptop. I need it for those days when I am in bed from MCS & Fibro.  I have found three options and would like your opinion on the least toxic. (I realize unfinished wood would be ideal but there is […]

Ashley Furniture

Question from Kristina Please help! I just moved a chaise up to my bedroom, and after 90 degree heat in No. CA this week, my furniture seems to be reeking of that same smell I smelled when it was new!! I’m so worried now that I’ve been “poisoning” my family with this furniture!! Just read […]

Car Seat Cover

Question from Kristina Any recommendations on non toxic seat covers for the car? Im seeing a lot of “p65” products which I didn’t even notice before   Lisa’s Answer Here is a previous response to this question from Debra.

Flame Retardant-Free Furniture Is Better, but Is It Safe Enough?

Readers occasionally send me suggestions for furniture that they consider safe because they are free of flame retardants.  Flame retardants are among the most harmful of chemicals found in traditional furniture but unfortunately, they are not the only chemicals of concern.   Fire retardants became common additives to polyurethane foam used in furniture in response […]

May 25, 2020

Removing Eye Glass Sanitizer

Question from Kendall I have received a pair of eyeglass frames from Warby Parker (try at home option). I have multiple chemical sensitivities and can detect some kind of sanitizer/antibacterial residue on them–I imagine as a covid precaution. Do you have any recommendations for removing the sanitizer residue–I can smell and taste it.   Lisa’s […]

May 23, 2020

UVC Sanitizers

Question from Jesse Curious if you could post thoughts on non toxic Coronavirus related home cleaning. Specifically, I’ve read conflicting reports about in home UVC air sanitizers and wands (particularly if they are safe to use around people, pets, kids). Lisa’s Answer   The concerns around the technology is that they can cause harm to […]

Used Leather Sofa

Question from Michayla We’re looking to buy a used leather sofa. This is one that was made by Executive Leather Inc “Manufacturer of quality leather furniture” (Hickory, NC). It was owned by the seller’s grandparents she believes maybe 10 years who then gave it to them who have currently had it for 7 years. The […]

May 19, 2020

Testing for Flame Retardants

Question from C.S. Though I’m diligent, many items in our home still may have been treated with chemical flame retardants.  How can I find out what is and what isn’t?  Is there a way or place to have samples tested?  My children want their prized stuffed animals back in their beds, and I really like […]

May 17, 2020


Question from Jayy Hello, I am a D.J. that smoking is allowed in the night club I work at.. I recently had an drastic experience w/ Covid 19 with intubation  of 24 days the whole works… After I was blessed to be released Dr. told me My lungs looks as if I was  “SMOKER” Never […]

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