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Linen Sheets + Making the Bed

  As you may know, Larry and I moved across the country from Florida last September. Last week we accomplished the momentous milestone of moving to a storage unit half the size, so I thought I’d celebrate by looking for my linen sheets. Turned out they were in a bag I had brought into the […]

July 17, 2018

UPF/UV Coating on Clothing

  Question from Dean Hi Debra, Are you aware of any health dangers posed by UPF/UV treatments on clothing? Thanks! Debra’s Answer First let me explain what this is. You’ve probably heard of SPF with regard to sunscreen. That stands for Sun Protection Factor and measures the amount of time it takes for skin exposed […]

Polyester-free Umbrella

Question from Sue in TX Hi Debra, I am allergic to polyester. I used to be able to buy nylon umbrellas from Totes, but they switched to 100% polyester (at least I have not been able to find an existing Totes umbrella, at this time, that is not 100% polyester). I have searched online, for […]

Winter Coat

Question from Bonnie Hi Debra, I have an old winter coat I have been using for years that is finally going bye bye. I need to replace it with a new one but have not had much luck over the years. I am allergic to down. Anyone have any luck with this? Debra’s Answer Readers, […]

New Scratch-and-Sniff Postage Stamps Should be Banned

  I finally got a whiff of the new scratch-and-sniff postage stamps at my local post office this morning. Though I knew they were coming, I hadn’t written about them before because “scratch-and-sniff,” well, I didn’t know for sure if that meant one needed to scratch them before you could smell them. But now I […]

The masquerade of synthetic-fragranced products as “natural”

  Question from Jane Hi Debra, You are one of our “household gods” and have been for many years. It is such a relief to find a source of information about chemical sensitivities and allergies that is non-judgmental and so widely and wonderfully informative! My specific concern right now is Mrs. Meyer’s products, especially her […]

Dharma Trading Company

This is one of my local California stores that has been around a long time—1969! They are basically a fiber art supply store, so there are a lot of things you may not be interested in, but I’m listing them here because fiber arts are about putting art on fabric and clothing, and they carry […]

July 10, 2018

Good Things Boutique

This is the online boutique of the daughter of one of my long-time readers, who has done a fine job of putting together collections of organic cotton and ethical clothing for women and men. Read product descriptions to choose items that meet your specific needs.


Clear tempered glass tableware made from heat-tempered glass. See the video on how they make it.    

Wisconsin Goes Fragrance-Free

The above sign was spotted in a roadside rest area in restroom, maintained by the state of Wisconsin. Other public places could do the same. This may be a response to a 2016 ruling a woman’s chemical sensitivity was a disability under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) because it interfered with the major life […]

Toxic Free Paper Notebooks

  This week I received TWO emails asking about paper office products after not receiving one questions about them in almost forty years of doing this work. I’ve never addressed this because I’ve never noticed a need to. I buy various recycled paper pads at Staples and I’ve never noticed an odor. Bonnie wrote this […]

Natural Treatments for Dry Skin

  A few weeks ago I sent out a survey and at the end I gave respondents the opportunity to be sent the survey results. A few days ago I sent the survey results to anyone who wanted them, and soon received this reply: Still reading the wonderful compilation (and have to do other things […]

Choosing Kitchen Storage Containers

Question from Washed Cat Hi Debra, I’ve recently moved & am in the process of sorting the pantry. I’ve been looking for storage containers which are the safest to use but are lightweight. I’m finding that glass & ceramics are to heavy for modern kitchen shelving but what are the alternatives? I’ve read your articles […]

Resources for Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs)

  I put together this list of resources for you regarding EMFs because they are a health concern of equal magnitude to toxic chemical exposure and I want you to get information from experts that are more trained and experienced in this field than I am. It is especially important to know about EMFs because […]

July 8, 2018

Independence from Toxic Chemicals

  Tomorrow is Independence Day, so I’m taking a holiday from website work this week to celebrate one of my favorite holidays of the year. Independence Day has a special meaning for me because I am descended from nine Patriots who fought in the Revolutionary War for our freedom. My grandmother and great aunts were […]

July 2, 2018

Naturepedic Crib Mattress Questions

Question from Sophia Hi Debra, I’m looking to purchase a Naturepedic crib mattress and want to ask you your opinion. What is the best nontoxic option between the two following options? option 1) The ‘polyethylene’ fabric that coats the Organic Cotton 2 in 1 Ultra/Quilted Crib Mattress ( U.S. Patent No. 9,259,096. Other patents pending.) […]

June 26, 2018

Finding Upholstery Fabrics Without Fire Retardants

Question from Allen Hi Debra, Thanks for dedicating your website to toxic free! I have been looking for a fabric that is not treated with stain finish or fire retardants. It looks like even 100% wool upholstery fabric is treated with FR, at least those from eBay who sell discounted fabric from design houses. I […]

Organic Weave

“The World’s Only Certified Organic Rug Company.” Artisan-made wall-to-wall ”broadloom” and area rugs made from certified organic cotton, silk and wool with chemical-free plant-based dyes in a certified organic facility. Also children’s rugs and custom designs. “No odor/offgassing…Organic Weave aims for transparency in everything that we do.” Understands MCS needs. USE coupon code DEBRA5 for […]


A full range of fabrics made from hemp, plus fabrics made from hemp blended with other natural and organic fibers, including fabrics for clothing and upholstery. Many have no dye. Also hemp yarn, twine, and rope. Basic hemp clothing: t-shirt, hoodie, socks. Towels and tote bags. Samples of fabrics available.

June 25, 2018

Breathe Easy Cabinetry

“Cabinetry of the highest quality that is as beautiful on the outside as it is healthy on the inside…constructed of non-toxic, environmentally friendly products, including sustainably harvested wood, formaldehyde-free plywood boxes and non-toxic glues and finishes.” Read materials details here.

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