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Wool Blanket Marked “Mothproof”

Question from Eugenia bot in thrift store. label states: 65% new wool 35% reprocessed wool Mothproofed looks in good condition  – cant judge age of blanket – has one small tear on an edge. I want to cut it  up for mini blankets to put in Catio (indoor/outdoor)  cat beds for extra warmth this winter […]

December 8, 2019

Safe Bakeware

Question from Reenie My niece wants to buy her mom new cake baking pans.  She wants to buy some sort of coated copper bakewear. Is there some writeup in Q & A that you could point me to that reviews best green bake ware.  Thank you!   Lisa’s Answer There are several types of bakeware […]

Silicone Bakeware

Question from Judy Are silicone bakeware products safe for cooking/heating food or liquids?   Lisa’s Answer Studies have shown that silicone is safe up to about 350 degrees.  Read this detailed thread.

Elevated VOCs

Question from Kristen We have lived in our home for 10 years. My daughter is now 18 and her health has steadily and drastically gone downhill over the same time period. She has been seen by every specialist you can think of but they’ve all been stumped. It recently occurred to me that maybe our […]

Safe Toys

Question from Shelley I would like to get some Peppa Pig play sets for my granddaughter. I wrote to the company about materials, and this is the response I got: “Thank you for contacting Jazwares LLC and for your interest in our products.  All of our toys comply with CPSA standards as required by law. […]


Question from Sheryl My daughter got some earings that come with a warning that says this product may expose you to chemicals such as nickle and cyanide which are know in the state of California to cause cancer, etc. Would you be concerned or is this just one of those Prop 65 warnings that has […]

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

I’ve put together a list of holiday gift ideas for friends, family, and for yourself.  Most of these items are ones I own or plan to buy.  Please leave a comment if you have additional ideas to share!   Hostess Gifts/Stocking Stuffers   KeepCup Glass Travel Mugs  A great alternative to plastic or stainless steel […]

November 26, 2019

Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet Sprayer Replacement

Question from Miriam Whew, that was a long title!  We need to replace ours, as the  part that pulls down has sprung a leak.  What ought one look for in this type of purchase?  It seems important as it will be in contact with our water. I’ve found a few on Amazon that look decent […]

November 25, 2019

Living Near Power Lines

Question from Stacey We are currently looking to move to a new twin and have found two possible houses. The house that is closer to school and more convenient is situated near large power/transmission lines ( approx.  .25 mile away). I’ve called the town for more information, but since I do not own the house, […]

Fiesta Dinnerware

Question from TG Is Fiestaware (claim to have glazes free from lead and cadmium) safe to use in any color?  Historically, their famous red Fiestaware had uranium from  the ’30’s to the ’50’s.  They  are manufactured here in the USA and are beautiful. Lisa’s Answer All of the colors are lead free.  Here is a […]

Xtrema Cookware

Question from Beth Asked Debra and never got a response on Xtrema cookware. Based on her recommendation I purchased hundreds of dollars of this cookware. A friend told me about Tamara Rubin online site is Lead Free Moma. She found the cookware to be toxic based on her testing. Wondering where you and Debra’ stand […]

New Tire Odor

Question from CMP I never thought about it until after the fact…got 4 new tires put on my SUV today & the smell of them & in the inside of my vehicle is now intolerable. I have MCS, multiple allergies (including latex) & asthma. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do? I […]

Picture This!

When I moved into my new, non-toxic home I was very careful about which furnishings to bring with me.  It didn’t make senses to invest so much time, effort and money into building a clean home only to fill it with items that could off-gas or leach harmful chemicals.  Most of our old furniture was […]

November 19, 2019

More About Blenders

Last week I wrote about PTFE as an ingredient in the seal at the bottom of Vitamix containers.  I want to reframe this discussion because this is not an issue about one brand.  I have researched further and found that other blenders, high-speed, professional-grade blenders in particular, also contain PTFE.  And some that do not […]

Plastic-Free Holiday Lights

Plastic-Free Holiday Lights   While shopping in San Francisco last week I found these wonderful little holiday lights. I bought a box and brought them home and hung them up.    Even though they are very tiny, they produce a lovely light.   These are tiny LED lights on a thin copper wire, but the […]


Question from Shana I’m looking for bedroom furniture for my son’s room, as well as the master bedroom.  I’d like to find non-toxic furniture that’s traditional, rather than contemporary.  The more I look, the more confused I get!  There are many Amish manufacturers that use solid wood furniture, but the stains are low VOC.  I […]

November 18, 2019

Materials for a Desk

Question from Miriam I was wondering if you could help me with a desk. I’m looking at this one, and there are 3 different options for materials. I purchased the converter in rubberwood as I figured that was the safest, but it’s not big enough and now I am thinking of upgrading to the full desk.  […]

Chemical Smell New Paint

Question from Rick We hired a painter to redo our master bedroom with BM low VOC paint and after 5 weeks it still smells. We’ve tried a number of things to clear it, but nothing works. I recently read that heating the room to 85-90 as a Bakeout for a couple days might remove the […]

Will Outside Deck Offgas Into Home?

Question from Linda I live in San Francisco and am putting in about 50, 3″ x 10″ x 24 feet beams to cantilever a deck under our house. Its treated with ACQ-A and I’m wondering if the pesticides will off gas into our home, through the floorboards. They will reach under our living room floor […]

Bite Guards

Question from Kathleen Any recommendations or warnings about OTC and custom-made (by dentist) bite guards?  I know to avoid phthalates (hence methyl acrylate), formalhehyde, and BPA.  No one seems to even report BPB.  And I’m guessing there’s a bunch of other yucky chemicals in these things. The dentist-made guard looks like a combination of silicone […]

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