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Silestone countertops


Question from Kate Is anyone worried about the antimicrobial product in silestone countertops? I’ve explored Papercrete, kieri (sp?) wood, concrete and am now looking at silestone. Anyone have any yeas or nays about it? Thanks, Kate Debra’s Answer The antimicrobial agent used in Silestone is Microban. They don’t say on their website exactly what the […]

October 19, 2006


Space heaters


Question from Nina M. I’m looking for advice about which space heaters, if any, don’t outgas when you first use them or outgas for long? Also, has anyone had any trouble with a Delonghi radiator heater outgassing? Do you know which space heaters are the most energy efficient? Thanks very much, Nina Debra’s Answer We […]

October 16, 2006


Shampoo with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate


Question from svw Whats your opinion on the AFM Safechoice Shampoo for a person with MCS since it does contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate and MEA? Thanks Sandy Debra’s Answer The challenge for people with MCS is to find products that are both nontoxic and unscented. And the difficulty is compounded by the fact that each […]


Melaleuca


One of my most frequently asked questions is “Do you know about Melaleuca products and what do you think of them?” This is a broad question because the Melalueca company sells several different catagories of products: dietary supplements, cleaning products, and bodycare products. When I am evaluating companies and websites, I look for specific information […]

October 15, 2006


How bad are blonde highlights?


Question from J. Kelly Hi, I do own your book, Home Safe Home, and I did read the part on hair coloring. But here is my dilema: My teenage daughter desperately wants to add highlights to her hair. She is one of those girls who wants to be fancy all the time, and wants nail […]

October 13, 2006


Healthiest Flooring?


Question from Sammie Debra, this is my first visit to your website and I am impressed! We are confused as to the best type of flooring that is healthier — carpet, wood, or laminate? We have a large single living area that is paneled with a browish Ash wood with hints of golden highlights and […]

October 11, 2006


Making My Own Wool Insulation


Question from Jessica I’m wondering if you know how to make my own wool insulation? I have access to a lot of free wool and a small living structure to insulate. I know the basics of processing wool but don’t know how to make the actual insulation batts. Debra’s Answer When I insulated my kitchen […]

October 10, 2006


Particle/Press Board: Will it fully out gas and become safe?


Question from wt hi, we’re remodeling my house, and my husband put some “sound board” on the studs under the dry wall to help with sound reduction. this “sound board” smells HORRIFFIC! it seems very similar to particle/press board. we’re hoping that placing the dry wall over it, would essentially seal it, so the smell/toxicity […]


Natural Treatment for Nail Fungus


Question from Ali Debra, My daughter is 6 and has terrible eczema. It effects her nails, which have become fungus and makes her skin peel off around her finger tips. Also in the inner arms is bad. Do you have any recommendations for nail fungus so I can avoid a toxic chemical or medicines, she […]

October 9, 2006


Getting the Smell Out of a New Refrigerator


Question from Debi How can you get the smell out of a new refrigerator? I have never had a new fridge before so was not aware it would smell so bad! I washed it out with soapy water and then have put a bowl of baking soda on each shelf…4 days later, it still smells. […]


How safe is Clorox Bleach?


Question from Laura I’ve used Clorox Bleach steadily for years. It’s the only thing that seems to ‘clean’. The products sold in stores ( i.e. Clorox Softscrub, etc.) used to mask the bleach smell that have bleach in them, don’t do the job as well as just bleach alone. I usually blend a few drops […]


Mercury Thermometers and Your Family’s Health


I want to pass along to you a pamphlet I just found called “Mercury Thermometers and Your Family’s Health”. I knew that mercury is a dangerous chemical, but didn’t really understand how hazardous a broken thermometer can be, how to properly dispose of a mercury thermometer, or that non-mercury thermometers are available (I actually have […]


Safety of Rubbing Alcohol for Pest Control


Question from jmarlene Dear Debra, I found your site tonight searching for safety of rubbing alcohol. Living in a townhouse complex, confronted suddenly with roaches. They began to enter from behind a bathroom mirror. Have lived here for 15 years and have not had a problem until now. I have tried vinegar, bay leaves, neem […]

October 7, 2006


Content of Metals


Here is a very interesting page that contains information on the content of various metals: Metals Information — About Metals and Platings. It tells, for example, what alloys are used to make various types of gold, sterling silver, brass, surgical stainless steel and other metals used in jewelry-making. It addresses allergies to these metals. It […]


Anodized Cookware in the Dishwasher


Question from Cathy I just found out you’re not supposed to put anodized cookware in the dishwasher. We don’t do it it often but occasionally if my husband is cleaning up (rarely happens) the pans will go in the dishwasher. I can’t see any evidence of damage to the surface of these pans but want […]

October 3, 2006


New Flannel Sheets Smell Like Gasoline After Washing


Question from Erin I recently purchased new flannel sheets for my children’s beds. My son has been sleeping (I washed it first) on it for the past two weeks and his asthma has been terrible. I was thinking it was from the outside air. However, I took their sheets off this morning and washed them […]


Nontoxic Luggage?


Question from Cheryl I really need a new suitcase for my trips back east to visit family. I need something with some shape to it because I live out of the suitcase the whole trip as I visit various family members. I borrowed a popular commercial one for a recent trip and found that my […]

September 24, 2006


Non-Toxic Mascara Recommendation?


Question from wt hello, i’m looking for a non-toxic mascara that WON’T MAKE MY LASHES DROOP. my lashes are relatively thin, and anything heavy will cause them to droop in a heartbeat. is there such a forumula? would appreciate a recommendation. thank you! Debra’s Answer My lashes are thick, so I’ve never experienced this. Readers…?

September 19, 2006


Dishwashing soap


Question from S.L. On your website under the section “At Home With Debra . . . How I Really Live” you say that you use an unscented liquid soap that you got as a bonus to clean your dishes and countertops. I’m wondering if you’ve run out of that original supply and if so, what […]

September 17, 2006


Need Help With Kitchen Reno!


Question from V. L. I find myself overwhelmed with choices for an eco kitchen reno. It seems that either solid wood cabinetry or cabinet boxes made of strawboard with solid wood fronts are the only eco options. I’ve tried re-covering used cabinets from the paper, but they are always in really bad shape. Further, are […]

September 4, 2006


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