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New Refrigerator

Question from Audrey I may need to get a new refrigerator.  I called Needs in Syracuse and they said that the moso bags will not help with the outgassing/plastic smells in new refrigerator.  She had no suggestions except keeping the door open and putting an air cleaner in front of it.  Can you please post […]

January 4, 2020


Question from Sandy I am looking for safe dinnerware sets that would be heavy metal free as possible that is affordable? Is there any brands I could check into that you would know of? I did check with corelle and they said it meets prop. 65 but I know no amount of heavy metals are […]


Question from Shirley I read the comments from people hoping to find unscented or garbage bags without fragrance. Why did the makers of household products and trash bags start adding fragrance anyway? In most places a garbage can is provided or used for trash disposal. Where I live, we put our trash to the curb […]

Eczema and Furniture

Question from Bryan I have very severe eczema and sensitivity to all things. I’ve noticed that i tend to break out badly whenever i touch a couch with my bare skin. Same goes for carpet, rugs and stretchy fabric. I’ve heard that this is because of synthetic fabrics. How on Earth can I find furniture […]

Safe Finish for a Table

Question from Stacey I am trying to find a safe kitchen table. Is a table with a lacquer, or water-based polyurethane finish safe? Is one safer/preferable over the other?   Lisa’s Answer It really depends on the specific product used.  Some lacquers are now water-based.  You might consider buying a floor model that has already […]

Tips for Non-Toxic Holiday Gatherings

One of the best things about the holidays is gathering together with family and friends for special meals and gift-giving.  Unfortunately, all of that cooking and decorating can add to indoor air pollution and toxic exposures.  Here are some easy tips to keep your gathering safe and healthy.   Avoid Candles and Scented Décor Candles […]

December 17, 2019

Non-Toxic Furniture Store for Sofa

Question from Janine I have been a long time “client/customer” of Debra’s. She has guided me through many projects and purchases. I am trying to find information on stores that carry California compliant Sofas. Such as, Crate and Barrel. I do not want a custom sofa. I saw on your site a list of stores […]

Fiberglass/Acrylic Shower

Question from Marie I need to have a plumber replace the shower valve. Is it safer to cut a bigger hole in the fiberglass/acrylic shower wall to get into the plumbing, or safer to go through the drywall in the hallway to get into the plumbing? The cut through the shower wall will just be […]

Proposition 65 Warning for Styrene and BPA in Toaster Oven

Question from Naomi I recently purchased a Black and Decker Toaster oven, model TO3290XSD, online to replace our old one which is severely rusted and not functioning well. When the box was delivered I noticed a warning that read as follows: WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Styrene, which known to the […]

December 16, 2019

Oven Without Non-Stick Coatings

Question from Suzannah I am trying to find a full sized range (I need 36 inches) that does not contain any non stick coatings of any kind on the inside or on the outside.  Do you know of any thing like this that is available in the USA?   Lisa’s Answer I am not aware […]

Sulphur Odor from Organic Thermal Fabric

Question from Lina I recently purchased a fabric from a credible online store and have been ordering from them for years and years. This was a surprising experience so I am hoping maybe you may be familiar with how this could happen. I purchased organic natural thermal fabric. It had a sulphur odor during the […]

Bathtub and Tile Reglazing

Question from Abby Do you have any advice for a non-toxic way to have a tub reglazed ? We live in a pre-war NYC apartment and don’t want to replace the whole tub/bathroom tiles, but can have them reglazed. We will vacate during the process and for 48 hours thereafter, but am concerned about toxicity […]

Non-Toxic Oven Brands

Question from Tony I just had a question about non toxic oven brands, I had an old oven that seemed non toxic and didn’t seem like it was chemically altering my food, but it broke and now my current oven from Frigidaire seems very toxic and it seems like it’s chemically altering my non toxic […]

Safe Shampoo and Conditioner

Question from Carole I used the Janice Shampoo and conditioner for many many years from their catalogs or web page….now seeking more safe shampoo and conditioners…I’m 78 and have severe chemical allergies since 1942   Lisa’s Answer You can look through several fragrance-free products on Debra’s List.  Many of these companies sell hair products.  Please […]

Xtrema Cookware

Question from Jackie I was very concerned to read that a lead-free advocate found that Xtrema cookware, highly regarded by many clean living advocates, tested positive for multiple metals. What are your thoughts on this?   Lisa’s Answer You can read my opinion on this here.

Duraflame Vs. Natural Wood

Question from Ted My daughter just bought a house and she was questioning the dura- flame logs versus natural wood. Which is more toxic.? They have a four-month-old baby and she’s concerned about the toxicity.   Lisa’s Answer Surprisingly, independent test results show Duraflame burns cleaner than natural wood.  They are made of compressed wood, […]

December 15, 2019

Is Your Tap Water Safe?

This past summer I wrote a post about PFAS chemicals in farm produce.  The source of the chemicals was from ground water that had been contaminated from firefighter foam used primarily on military bases.  At the time, the contaminated ground water seemed relatively contained to areas in close proximity to military bases.  Now, EWG has […]

December 10, 2019

Versatile Almond Cookie Recipe Will Let you Make Almost Any Holiday Cookie You Love Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, and Dairy-Free

I know many of you reading this have enjoyed my holiday cookies recipes in the past in my food blogs. This year I don’t have a food blog, but I will be launching a new food blog in January. It’s called Wholefood Cuisine, and all the recipes will be made with whole foods, like this […]

December 9, 2019


Question from Sandi I can’t find a radiant heater that doesn’t smell& also have small duraflame which only supposed to smell at first but I still smell have sinus issues & allergies bad headaches t,nausea wondering if from fumes & if toxic?I need heat for bedroom. I’ve googled and called companies with no good answers,all […]

December 8, 2019

Non-Toxic Sofa

Question from Stacey I am trying to find safe/safer, affordable furniture. I see one popular store (Crate and Barrel) makes a sofa that has “soy-based polyfoam” cushions, “wrapped in fiber-down blend and recycled fiber, encased in downproof ticking.” There are also springs in the sofa. What do you think about this sofa? Is it better […]

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