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Toxic-Free, Odor-Free Interior House Paint

Question from Sandy

What toxic free, odor free interior house paint do you recommend?



Lisa’s Answer

AFM Safecoat and ECOS paints are both non-toxic and have low odor.  I don’t know of any paint that is truly free of any odor until it cures.  You might want to try a sample before applying it to a large area.

Waterproof Front Door Indoor Mat

Question from K

I live in an apartment so I have to bring my wet, snowy and salt filled boots inside from a day in the snow. I have not been able to find a mat that does not smell awful. Any recommendations? Right now I am using a silicone kitchen drying mat but they are so small. Maybe what I am doing is the best idea? I need to find a really large silicone mat then. If using the silicone as I am, no toxins would escape into the air correct? Is there any way to know if the silicone is made out of sand vs. plastics?



Lisa’s Answer

Silicone is made out of sand, but like plastic, it can have additives that are not disclosed by the manufacturer.  Some silicone may be safer than others.  This is a topic I plan to do more research on.

Have you considered a metal tray.  Here is one example, but they come in many styles and price points.  Just make sure it does not have a finish or coating on it.


Question from Rebecca

I have spent hours & days looking at the items in your site. I am so thankful to have found it & for your work.

I started comparing blenders after I read one of your posts about the blender you use & the ones you recommend. They we’re, KitchenAid, Cuisinart, & Breville, I believe.

I recently found another site which listen an abundance of cookware. I was wondering if you could look over the list & tell me if any of these are suitable as well when it comes to PTFEs & PFOEs.


Lisa’s Answer

Mamavation does very thorough research.  I agree with their recommendations!

Cotton Quilts with Cotton Fill

Question from Aileen

I have ordered several 100 percent cotton quilts and they still have a chemical smell to them. My husband with MCS isn’t able to tolerate them. Washing dosen’t help. Some of them were GOTS. certified and Oeko Tex.
Do you have any ideas or resources that would not hurt the budget?


Lisa’s Answer

You can find many options on Debra’s List.  Buying GOTS certified organic cotton is the best way to ensure that there are no harmful chemicals in the product.  Make sure that the entire product, and not just the cover or the fill, are GOTS certified.  Oeko Tex certification is not as stringent as GOTS and does allow the use of synthetic fabrics.

I really can’t say for certain whether or not a sensitive individual will react to something because everyone is different.  I can tell you whether or not a product is non-toxic.

Readers, any recommendations for those with MCS?

Non-Toxic Clothes Still Triggering Me

Question from Dsmythe

I recently purchased 100% Cotton GOTS certified (male) socks and underwear from a reputable online retailer.

Unfortunately, these clothes triggered my symptoms severely, and I have no doubt these were the cause of my symptoms.

Even after washing they still triggered me.

Is there any explanation for this?


Lisa’s Answer

I really can’t say what will trigger a sensitive individual because everyone is different.  GOTS certified organic clothing is non-toxic.  Perhaps there is something natural that is a problem for you.

To Unclog a Drain

Question from Andi

Any suggestions as to what to use to unclog a kitchen drain?  Actually it is not really clogged, but very sluggish. Had someone use a plunger, didn’t help.  Then he wanted to use dawn detergent, I said no way, so he used my 7th Generation Dishwashing Liquid – didn’t help and he said to use a cup everyday – outrageously expensive to do that!  I did the baking soda, vinegar, boiling water – helped slightly but the guy said don’t use – baking soda just gums it all up.  Next thing suggested to snake it – quite expensive.  So does anyone know of anything to use down a drain that is scent free and non toxic and that works?


Lisa’s Answer

You can get a drain auger that is easy to use and doesn’t require any chemicals.

Plant-Based Polyurethane Foam

Question from Mary

I bought a mattress that advertised oeko Tex standard 100 certified. Natural polyol based premium foam. With Visil flame retardant.  Once received the tag said 98% polyurethane foam with 2 % blended fiber batting.  I contacted company and said foam is derived from vegetable oil. Is this mattress safe from toxins. Should I return. I know companies can be deceiving and bought for my 5 year old.


Lisa’s Answer

I agree this is deceiving.  If it is 98% polyurethane, that means that it is plastic made from petrochemicals.  There may be a small percentage of plant-based material included.  It is difficult to say from the limited information on the label.  I would return it.

Corelle Dishes

Question from Nancy

I was reading your post on lead in glass ware, you also mentioned Corelle I have a set of dishes and other Corelle pieces, so does it have lead in it ? or is it just drinking glasses, I never knew they made drinking glasses.

Lisa’s Answer

Corelle dishes do not release lead into food.  The study referenced in the post tested glass ceramic cooking pieces.  Corelle is made of glass ceramic.  I don’t believe they make glasses.

Least Toxic Fire Extinguisher

Question from Steve

Does anyone know what the least toxic fire extinguishers are? I know the foam and chemical residue they leave behind are very toxic and require a severe clean up job.  Are there newer safer materials being used.  Many fire fighting foams use highly toxic PFAS chemicals.

Also, do extinguishers emit trace amounts of chemicals when stored in homes?

If anyone can recommend a brand available in the U.S. that would be appreciated.


Lisa’s Answer

I am not aware of any fire extinguishers that do not use PFAS chemicals.  Readers, any suggestions?

I would not expect the chemicals to release from the extinguisher when not in use but I am not aware of any testing that confirms this.


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