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Fiesta Ware


Question from Anna I have a set of white fiesta ware that I bought a 23 years ago. Is it lead and mercury free?   Lisa’s Answer Fiesta Ware has been lead-free since 1986.  The term lead-free means that there is not lead added to the product.  There are trace amounts of naturally occurring lead […]

February 9, 2020


Neighbors Toxic Dryer Sheets


Question from Jane and Georgette Please, my sister and I cannot keep moving. We are both Identical 59 year old twin sisters. After 7 moves in 11 years here in Phoenix AZ due to smokers and pollutants we moved again recently to a 50+ community.. The situation here is really killing us health-wise. The woman next […]


Toxic-Free Guitars (& other instruments)


Question from R Do you have any recommendations for how to find toxin-free musical instruments (particularly guitars)? I’ve done some research, but it’s difficult to find guitars without toxic finishes, etc. Making music has been such an important part of my life, and I would love to have a guitar to play again.   Lisa’s Answer […]


Stainless Steel


Question from Laura I was using a novelty stainless steel spoon the past couple of weeks in my tea leaving the spoon in the cup after pouring the boiling water in. I also had broken out with eczema on my eyelids that progressively got worse and spread to my face beneath my eyes and on my […]


How to Find a Less Toxic Computer


Computers are an essential part of modern life but they are a source of many hazardous substances like heavy metals, brominated flame retardants, and PVC.   Fortunately, manufactures have been making progress in finding safer alternatives for some of the most harmful materials. In 2006, the European Union implemented legislation, known as RoHS, to regulate […]

February 4, 2020


VOCs from Oil-Base Polyurethane


Question from Julie I have a question for you about permanently reducing VOCs from hardwood floor finish. We had the hardwood floors in our new house stained and refinished 2 months ago. We expected a water-based product to be used for the finish, but unfortunately an oil-based poly was applied instead (Bona Woodline Polyurethane). It was […]

February 2, 2020


Camper


Question from John Has there been any new updates on non toxic campers? It seems like all campers are still using toxic materials and then the mold issue. Is it best to perhaps just get an aluminum trailer and build yourself?   Lisa’s Answer I am not aware of any new updates.  Debra is blogging about […]


Tiny House


Question from Mary I have severe mcs Looking for what would be the best place to live toxic free. Possibly a tiny home Would u give me direction.   Lisa’s Answer Debra is blogging about her reasons to build a tiny house as well as the progress she is making.  You can follow her here. Another […]


Air Purifier


Question from Mary Do you know what is in enviroclense purifier? I have mcs and this purifier destroyed my whole home clothes and all textiles. I can’t breathe in 15 min. I can’t wash the smell out of anything and nobody knows how to get it out I only ran the purifier for 3 hours and […]


Home Printer


Question from Martha Do you know of a home printer that does not offgas when in use?   Lisa’s Answer All printers will offgas.  In addition to off-gassing, printers can emit particles into the air which is also harmful.  Always use a printer in a well-ventilated area, keep it away from your bedroom, and use a […]


Mattress Wrapping


Question from Kristin I’d like to wrap my mattress to protect myself from off-gassing. My research has brought me here, after this site was referenced in an idea to use foil insulation. I love this idea, but does it pose any risks?  Are there any toxins I need to be aware of that might be added […]


Cabinets


Question from Tamra Hi I am trying to find bathroom and kitchen cabinets that will not off gas, and a healthy choice for home. Seems finding a painted finish on cabinets that is Low VOC is difficult, as I am told they do not wear well. Are there any companies you like for MCS? Mainly I […]


Laptop Computer


Question from Sherry Any suggestions for a laptop computer that doesn’t outgas much.  Thank you for any help you can give.   Lisa’s Answer There is a very helpful resource called the Green Electronics Council.  “Purchasers can search for electronics based on product category, manufacturer, geography or EPEAT rating. EPEAT-registered products can even be identified based […]


More Sources for Non-Toxic Clothing


I’ve gotten a lot of comments and questions about my posts on toxins in clothing and where to find non-toxic clothing.  It occurred to me that some readers may not be aware that Debra’s List currently profiles over 80 companies that sell all, or predominantly, non-toxic clothing.  You can either look through the entire list or […]

January 28, 2020


Portable Air Purifier


Question from Karen I have been looking at the IQ Air Atem personal space air purifier: https://www.iqair.com/us/support/tech-specs/atem-desk Do you have any experience with this? I would like to use it in our car (offgassing new car chemicals) and hotel rooms. Lisa’s Answer I don’t have personal experience with it but I have looked very closely at […]


Organic Pillow


Question from Andi I always have trouble getting a pillow to stop smelling strong.  This one is from Janice’s and they aired out the stuffing for a week.  I also have trouble with the smells of pillows from White Lotus , so it is not any particular store, it is the organic cotton. (Also had trouble […]

January 27, 2020


Air Purifier- Bissell air320


Question from Bonnie Just saw an ad for a new purifier called the Bissell Lifestyle Air 320. Wondering if you have heard of it or if anyone here has tried it. Thanks. Lisa’s Answer I don’t have personal experience with it.  After a quick look, it appears to be a much lower-cost option than the most […]

January 26, 2020


Denim Jeans


Question from Bonnie Thanks for the recent coverage on non toxic clothing. It was helpful. Just wondering if anyone has been able to find denim jeans ? Lisa’s Answer Rawganique has organic cotton and hemp jeans.  They seam to be discontinuing many styles so act fast!


Styrofoam


Question from Judy More on styrofoam please.  I have orchids on windowsills that are terrazzo and very cold in the winter.  I’ve put styrofoam boards from a craft store on top for their protection.   Should I be worrying about this particular application? Lisa’s Answer The more significant health concern about styrofoam is that it can […]


Air Purifier for MCS- no carbon


Question from NIT I’ve tried two air purifiers and they unfortunately exacerbate my symptoms, particularly in the sinuses. I believe the problem is the carbon. I get similar symptoms when using a nose filter with carbon in it. Are there are any alternative air purifiers which can remove formaldehyde and other VOCs which may not […]


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