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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 […]

Minimally Toxic Camping Gear

Question from Anna I have been becoming sicker and sicker and am not sure if I will be able to tolerate living in society much longer. I have already been sleeping in a tent behind a house rather than in the house itself. I think perhaps what I might need is a very long camping […]

Paint Smells a Month Later

Question from Dac My wife painted a room in our house a few months back with a dark grey Behr paint and primer in one. Months later I still get a strong smell from it. She doesn’t think it’s bad but does smell it.  How do I get rid of it? Bake out seems to be […]

May 12, 2020

Toxic Free Products in the UK

Question from Zara Hope you are doing well. I absolutely love this website, I am a recent convert to non toxic products. I’ve scoured your website but can’t find any UK sites for toxic free dishware. I was really hoping for some help in that direction. Lisa’s Answer   I am glad you are finding […]


Question from Jen C. Hi- I’m intrigued by the mattresses that are shipped directly to your home in a smaller, manageable box. Can you recommend a particular brand/model of one that would be a healthy addition to my home? Lisa’s Answer   Yes, take a look at Happsy.

Lead-Free Glassware and Non-Toxic Cookware

Question from Pia is pyrex safe for food storage and cookie? and what is the safest cookware? and are mason jars lead-free ? Lisa’s Answer   Pyrex is safe to use.  Pyrex made in the United States is made from soda lime glass.  The only glass that uses lead as an ingredient is leaded glass […]

Gas Stoves and Indoor Air Quality

I have written previously about how cooking is a major source of indoor air pollution but a new report highlights particular risk from gas stoves and ovens. Homes with gas stoves can have nitrogen dioxide concentrations that are 50 to 400 percent higher than homes with electric stoves.1 Gas appliances can emit a range of pollutants […]

May 5, 2020

Refrigerator Water Filter Proposition 65

Question from Phil I recently purchased an every drop water filter for a Whirlpool refrigerator. I was shocked to see a prop 65 warning on it.  I’m wondering if there is a company that makes a refrigerator that does not require proprietary toxic filters? Lisa’s Answer   I called the company and they claim there […]

May 4, 2020

Washers and Dryers

Question from Dalin Do all dryers have the prop 65 warning? I looked at some at Home Depot and I didn’t see the prop 65 label on them.When I was shopping I only saw the prop 65 label on the GE stack combo washer and dryer Which I bought now I’m really worried. Lisa’s Answer   […]

Ozone Deodorant

Question from Whitney Hello, I hope you’re doing well and staying safe. I was using to it website to find a non toxic deodorant. I came across a post on your website from 2016 about Ozone Deodorant. You sad they don’t us actual ozone, but on video on another site the co-founder does say they […]

Toaster Ovens

Question from Joseph Hi. Thank you for this great website. We are looking to replace a toaster oven and are wondering if you have recommendations. It’s almost impossible to find out if they’re prop 65 compliant. We definitely want stainless steel and NOT non-stick. Thank you for any recs. Lisa’s Answer   I am working […]

Aluminum and Toasters

Question from Lisa Hi, I was wondering if you have ever looked into toasters? I have been doing some research and it seems that often the interior part of the toaster where the bread is toasting is commonly made from aluminum which concerns me. Knowing the health concerns of aluminum, this concerned me. I just thought […]

New Air Purifier Reviews: Air Doctor, Airpura and More

I hope you have had a chance to read my new Air Purifier Buying Guide. I received a lot of questions about other air purifiers that were not discussed. The guide is designed so that you can evaluate any air purifier you are considering by comparing the outlined criteria. I did get multiple requests to […]

April 28, 2020

Sur La Table Green Pan

Question from Ron 1) Do you have any further information about the safety of Man Pans? You last wrote about them on 8/6/17 and said: “ “…They say their [new] non-stick finish is Gem-X2, “a two layer sapphire/quartz-like natural mineral finish permanently bonded to our tough aluminum pans. It will not flake, chip or rub […]

Pipes Used in Renovation

Question from Melissa Hi Lisa, thank you for this wonderful resource!  We are in the process of a home renovation project, which includes moving our kitchen and several lightly used bathrooms (powder room and guest room/office bathroom). Our contractor was planning to use PEX piping for all incoming water.  I know there are concerns about […]

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