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Odor in IKEA furniture

Question from Judith   I have had the PAX wardrobe and MALM dresser for several years now. In the past year I have noticed that when put clean, dry clothes in the drawers they have a musty smell when I take them out. I read your reply about them earlier in this list and it […]

September 7, 2020

Toxins in Dishes and Glassware

Question from Kelly   Do Mikasa Intaglio, Corelle Indian Summer, Fire King green dinnerware, any corning Ware or pyrex contain toxins? Does gold rimmed Monet glassware?   Does Monroe (Lenox) stemware contain toxins?   Lisa’s Answer For the glassware, I don’t recommend any with rimmed decoration.  You can read more about glassware, including Pyrex in this […]

Active Chair for Kids

Question from Miriam   We are setting up our homeschool environment and I have a few questions about furniture. We’d like to get an ‘active’ chair for my son.  Most of the ones I’ve found don’t look great, materials are not really disclosed.  I did find this one, although more pricey, does this seem like […]

Safety of Microfiber Sheets

Question from Reenie   A friend ordered bamboo sheets and they sent her a soft microfiber set of sheets.  Are these safe for the body and the environment?  Thanks!   Lisa’s Answer Microfiber refers to the size of the threads so without more information I can’t tell you exactly what it’s made of and the […]

Empire Home Fresh Carpet

Question from April   Thank you so much for all your priceless info! Seriously. Thank you for this resources. I don’t know what I would do without it! I’m wondering if you’ve reviewed or have any insight into Empire Today’s Home Fresh carpet? It’s being touted as low to no VOCs and hypoallergenic. Not much […]

Building a Non-Toxic Home

Question from Jordan   In your “about me” description you mentioned you have built a few homes using nontoxic/low emitting materials. My family and I are going to be building our first home and would like to do the same. I am interested to know how you did this and materials used. So more on […]

Dining Chair Emergency

Question from Jordan   Congrats and thank you on being a non-toxic expert! I could really use your help. We are in dire straits trying to find dining chairs. We have been looking for several months and still have nothing. We are looking for vegan, organic/non-toxic, sustainable, fairly made chairs that are soft and comfortable. […]


Question from Barbara Looking for some no iron safe sheets. What is your recommendation? Thank You Lisa’s Answer Sheets that are labelled as “wrinkle free” or other no iron claims should be avoided because they often contain formaldehyde.  I always recommend GOTS certified organic sheets.  I have found that flannel sheets require the least ironing […]

Dental Office Scented

Question from Bonnie Last year my dentist office had very strong smelling “natural” air freshner. They were using a small pulg in tabletop machine in each room that had a mist coming out of it. I think they said it was one of the eseential oils. I told them even the essential oils were harmful […]

Matchbox and Hot Wheels Cars

Question from Miriam My quick question is: have you ever investigated Matchbox cars or Hot Wheels? My longer question, which I know may have to wait, is: How do I research this? says they’re safe as of the last 20-30 years (from lead) but I found an article from 2015 that says they were found to […]

August 25, 2020

Air Fryers

Question from Catherine Hello, I recently came across your site and so happy that I did !I would like to purchase a air fryer and would like to know your opinion . I had my eye on a air fryer that QVC is selling but I saw that it had a California warning label. Are […]

August 24, 2020


Question from Shelly Do you onow anything about the daniel sofa from four seasons? My daughter is toxic week from aldehyde and we moved and I haven’t really found the source of it but now it might be our bedroom furniture so I can paint that will save seal but I’m wondering if I need […]

Electric Glass Kettle

Question from Kate I have metal allergies, including to nickel and chromium. I REALLY miss my electric kettle. There are electric kettles w foodgrade 304 stainless steel (which i understand contains nickel and chromium) bottom and lid and borosilicate glass sides and lip (eg ASCOT). Q: Does boiling water leach nickel and chromium from stainless […]


Question from Tracie Sorry to bother you but i have looked for info and have had no luck on what tub to get because i cant afford to much. i was wondering if i got one that is plastic with a acrylic coat if it would work because a full acrylic tub just cost to […]

Toxic-Free Desk and Chairs

Question from Elizabeth Thank you so much for your awesome work and resources!! I’m wondering if there are any specific brands that you would recommend for a toxic free chair and desk? Lisa’s Answer   It’s hard for me to answer that without a better understanding of your budget and just how “toxic -free” you […]

Pottery Barn Whitney Desk

Question from KHedden Does the Pottery Barn Whitney Corner Desk contain VOCs? I am trying to “de-tox” my bedroom and I was told that Pottery Barn Furniture is toxic!! Lisa’s Answer I can’t tell you the level of VOCs but there are some clues about the relative toxicity of the item.  The good news is […]


Question from Annique I noticed an older question about Janice’s in Hartford, CT by people wondering if the company was still in existence.  I called Janice’s & learned they are still open for business. Their website isn’t currently available, but they do have a mail out catalog. I found these phone numbers online: Phone: 800-526-4237 […]

Affordable Storage

Question from Anusha I have going above and beyond with ikea to find out about their bamboo shelves and haven’t got any answers back about if they use veneers or is there any toxicity in they clear lacquer finish , and finally I found the Elfa options on container store but they are Epoxy-bonded steel […]

SmileDirect Club TPU Aligners

Question from Rosie I came across your wonderful website while researching TPU. I’ve been using SmileDirectClub aligners in lieu of braces for over a year and a half to straighten out my teeth . The aligners are in my mouth for about 22 hours a day. I found out from the company that they are […]


Question from Christine Hi: I just ran across this new non-stick cookware – The Always Pan – and wonder if it’s as healthy to use as the Xtrema cookware line (I purchased. Lisa’s Answer This is coated with ceramic, or gel sol, coating.  I do not recommend it.  You can read more about it in […]

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