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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 […]

July 10, 2018

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.

Love A Bee

I found this honey at a local farmer’s market and couldn’t resist flavors with names like Bodega Bay Blackberry, Tulare Twist and Wild Mynt. I’ve eaten enough honey to know that every honey has it’s own distinct flavor depending on where the bees are feeding, but these flavors were bold and lively. They literally jumped […]

BGreen Hangers

Wooden clothes hangers made from fast-growing birch or bamboo. “Our Sustainable Hangers are finished in Low VOC Waterborne finishes and have Powder Coated Hardware. If you live near the ocean, you’ll appreciate the NO-CHROME hook. The Amber colored Bamboo hangers are made without stains by heating the bamboo which caramelizes the fibers. The color goes […]

Flick the Tick

“Flick the Tick is a natural tick repellent made with a custom effective natural oil blend that is DEET-FREE, and smells great! Our special essential oil blend is made to help keep ticks and insects away. Comes in a perfect sized 4oz spray bottle. Active Ingredients: Cedarwood Oil, Citronella Oil, Geranium Oil, Lemongrass Oil & […]

June 12, 2018

Mighty No Bitey

100% organic, non-GMO insect repellent. “The premium natural bug spray that works like a champ!…Reoela mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers and many other biting, stinging insects…Strong enough for tough guys but safe enough for babies…entirely free of all chemicals…contains 7 steam-distilled essential oils and finest non-GMO vegan bases, each of which has added skin benefits and won’t […]

Murphy’s Naturals

All-natural (but not organic) insect repellent spray made from Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus — “the only plant based ingredient recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Repels mosquitoes & insects for up to 6 hours: Repels mosquitoes that may transmit Zika virus, West Nile virus, Dengue virus & Chicungunya virus.” Also insect […]

A Pretty Comprehensive Overview of Nail Polish—Both Bad and Better

Last week I received an email from a “nontoxic mommy blogger” asking if I would take a look at her upcoming post about nail polish. I was impressed with her thorough research into the toxic chemicals used in nail polish and her review of the safer brands. What I didn’t agree with was I felt […]

Stuffed GUND Elmo Plush Toy

  Question from Maggie Hi Debra, I just noticed the materials in my son’s plush Elmo that he sleeps with. Should I be concerned? They consist of “polyester fibers, polyethylene beads, polyethylene stiffener, polyurethane foam.” Debra’s Answer I’m not so concerned about polyester fibers, polyethylene beads, and polyethylene stiffener, but I am concerned about polyurethane […]

June 11, 2018

Cotton Compression Hose

  Question from Bonnie Johnson Hi Debra, I was just told by my cardiologist that I need to start wearing compression hose to help with a heart issue. Are there any safe ones? Cotton? I have seen some but they are nylon and spandex. Not sure what to do. Debra’s Answer There IS cotton compression […]

Can There Be Such A Thing As Nontoxic Nail Polish?

My guest today is Ginny Cardenas, CEO and founder of Lila Natural Cosmetics, the makers of Scotch Naturals and Hopscotch Kids nail polishes. I met Ginny last month in Baltimore at the Natural Products Expo. We had a rousing discussion about nail polish and how I couldn’t find one I thought was nontoxic enough to recommend. She made some interesting points I want to share with you. Ginny has always valued the importance of safe, yet effective, cosmetics. In 2009, when she took a closer look at the chemical cocktail of ingredients in her daughters’ nail polish—including phthalates, acetates and other toxics—she was shocked. Determined to create a natural and safe alternative to conventional nail polish, she teamed up with a chemist to develop revolutionary water-based lacquers in fun, vibrant colors and a soy-based polish remover. And thus, Hopscotch Kids was born. In 2010, Ginny unveiled Scotch Naturals, the grown-up spin-off of Hopscotch Kids, which caters to an adult demographic with a sophisticated color palette and professional quality results. Passionate about using only the safest and natural ingredients in her products, Cardenas has been at the forefront of natural formulation with innovative technology and bold, fashion-forward colors since the company’s inception. Today, both brands are found in 225 boutiques across the US and internationally. and




Toxics Issues Move Forward and Backward in the World

  In this morning’s email I received two announcements. One showing progress on the toxics front and then other…what’s the correct word for “opposite of progress”? Bad news first. The New York Times reported that the federal government is scaling back the way health and safety risks associated with the most dangerous chemicals on the market […]

June 8, 2018

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