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Cali Bamboo Vinyl Plank Flooring

Question from Christina Hello! I have been researching and driving myself crazy trying to find a safe flooring. We have vinyl peel and stick squares in our kitchen (they’ve been there since we bought the house 13 yrs ago) I’m sure they are done off gassing (no smell what so ever now) we are looking […]

August 24, 2020

Safe Lighting

Question from Cynthia I am looking for a safe sofa lamp and bedside lamp.  Are there any manufacturers that you recommend? I have chronic Lyme disease, “sick building syndrome”, reactive airway disease and more. Also, what about light bulbs?  Recommendations? Lisa’s Answer Incandescent light bulbs are the safest choice. For lighting, I don’t have specific […]

Polyester Fiber Vs. Polyurethane

Question from Zkel In shopping for a mini or portable crib mattress.  The mattress is usually made of polyurethane foam or polyester fiber batting and covered by either nylon or vinyl to provide waterproofing. Between polyurethane foam and polyester fiber batting, which one do you think is less toxic? My goal is to select a […]

Carbon Steel Cookware

Question from LM I looked on the site and did not find anything about carbon steel cookware. Apparently it’s  a “perfect hybrid of a cast iron skillet and a stainless steel frying pan. It has a cast iron’s heat retention, seasoning, and non-stick properties and stainless steel’s heat control, lightness and cooking speed.”  Is it […]

Dental Floss

Question from Patricia I hesitated in bothering you but I am frustrated with not getting answers to questions regarding dental floss. After reading about the dangers of Pafs Teflon coatings on floss I am trying to find a brand to purchase that is organic and chemical free. I threw my Oral B glide in the […]

August 13, 2020

Sprays in Stores

Question from Karen Does anyone else react to disinfectant sprays used in stores during this virus? Lisa’s Answer Readers?

Micro Sanded Bed Sheets

Question from Bonnie I found bed sheets on the bed,bath,& beyond website. The description states micro sanded. What does that mean? Sanded with what? It does not list the manufacturer. Lisa’s Answer Sandwashing is a process in which the fabric is put in a container with lava rock, silicone or rubber balls and rotated so […]

Asian Countries

Question from Debbie Looking for references for nontoxic flatware and pots and pans made anywhere except Asian countries Lisa’s Answer You can look at my Ultimate Guide to Non-Toxic Cookware.  Many of the companies listed manufacture in the U.S. or France.  While I am all for buying products made in America, when I evaluate the […]


Question from Jennifer I was wondering if you might be able to recommend safe bakeware, in particular a cake pan and muffin tin. What is the best material that won’t leach chemicals into my food? Lisa’s Answer You can read more about cookware and bakeware in the Ultimate Guide to Non-Toxic Cookware.  Glass, stainless steel […]

Fumigation of Natural Stuffing

Question from Tgw Recently I have read that many pure and naturally grown stuffings (ie kapok and wool) and even GOTS organic cotton from countries other than the USA are fumigated with chemicals (for insects) just prior to entry here to the US.   Products often do not list the country of origin for materials used; […]

Is Ceramic Dishware Safe?

Most ceramic dishware is safe to use as long as it doesn’t contain leachable lead or cadmium. Lead in Ceramics Lead has traditionally been used in ceramic glazes and decorations to give it a glasslike finish and allow colors and patterns to show through.  Lead exposure is a serious health concern and every exposure is […]

August 12, 2020

Vinyl Peel Stick Flooring

Question from Echo II have vinyl peel and stick flooring in three rooms in my house. They are about 3-4 years old. I want to remove or cover them all as I have small children. Do I need to remove it completely and then cover it?  If I cover it with ceramic tile or organic […]

August 6, 2020

LVP Flooring

Question from Rita I have asthma and mild copd & shopping forr a 10×10 ktchen floor, probably LVP . Gotnew bedroom carpet 2 years ago and jwas told no formaldehyde & it’s been fine. Saw not that deep water cleaning which Im scheduling very soon is the best. The luxury vinyl ;planks are afordable. I […]

August 1, 2020


Question from Sarah Hi, I am shopping for flooring to do my whole house upstairs and down. Kids rooms as well. I am very sensitive to fumes. We saw an affordable flooring we liked today but it’s an engineered vinyl 😑 Dynamix Is the company. What to do? Hardwood is so pricey and not durable […]

Pregnant “help” want to confirm mattress selection before buying

Question from Michayla Hi there! I’m pregnant and we’re wanting to purchase our mattress asap since it will take a month or so to get here once we do. We are looking at the OMI Rossa mattress which is GOLS and greenguard certified. It does have coils and latex. I know Debra has recommended oMI […]

Safe Cookware

Question from  Luuk I am getting an induction stove.  What, other than cast iron, pots do you recommend? Lisa’s Answer There are stainless steel pots that  are made of 430 grade stainless steel which can be used on induction stoves.  The brands made with this steel are noted in my cookware guide. You can also […]

July 31, 2020

Laundry Stench and Headaches from Laundry

Question from Janet Is anything being done about the VOC’s from Laundry? When my neighbor does their laundry I get sharp pains in my head, the pressure in my ears is worse than it is on a bad airplane ride. All this research is out there why isn’t anything being done about it?   Lisa’s […]

Safe Face Mask and Shield

Question from  Liz I am not supposed to wear a face mask due to a serious medical condition, but my doctor won’t let me in the office without one (not to mention the grocery store). Have you found any masks made with safe material that are easy to breath in? I’ve heard surgical masks are […]

Coffee Pods and Pots

Question from Pia are coffee pods safe to use? also what is the safest coffee maker ? Lisa’s Answer I am not aware of any automatic coffee makers that do not have plastic internal parts.  Here are some safe coffee makers: Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker Stainless Steel French Press Most pods are made of plastic […]

The Ultimate Guide to Non-Toxic Cookware

I may receive commissions from purchases made through links in this article including Amazon Affiliates.    Choosing safe cookware is an important part of creating a non-toxic, healthy home.  After all, cookware comes in contact with the food we eat, often for prolonged periods of time.  High temperatures, which our cookware is subject to, can […]

July 30, 2020

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