Submitted questions will be posted with my response by the following Tuesday or before.
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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 know that no VOC is preferable, but is low VOC ok? Most of the Amish companies use either Ohio Certified Stain or a catalyzed conversion varnish. Are either of these ok?
Question from Miriam
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 smell. Is that a real way to get rid of the smell? We cannot move back into our bedroom and winter is coming, so airing it out everyday is no longer an option.
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 (between a basement room and the upstairs living room about 18 feet. The deck will stick outside about six feet.
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 or soft plastic on the inside and hard plastic on the outside. My dentist practices biologic dentistry, but doesn’t know what’s in the bite guards she makes. Said she’d try to get that info for me. Meanwhile, she gave me a sample. Holding it in my mouth for a couple hours gave me me an odd taste in my mouth; not sure what else it’s doing. Ugh….
Question from Stacy
1) Does PET plastic containers offgas? I have the plastic in my car and can get hot.
2) What do you think of the Wetbrush materials? It says nylon66 (which is fine) but what about the epoxy tips?
Question from James
My house uses city water i cant afford the pure effect whole home filter at the moment but i was wondering is their another way i can wash my clothes safely without worrying about any vocs,chemcicals getting in my clothes especially the organic cotton ones.Also is this something i should be concerned about or am i overreacting?
In the process of researching this, I came across this article:
Question from Jade
My young daughter accidentally cracked my bathroom porcelain sink. It’s a very small crack so I would like to repair it over having it replaced but the products I’m finding are all very toxic. I suffer from Environmental Sensitivity Illness so a non-toxic product is necessary. Do you know of any porcelain sink repair kits that are non-toxic?
Question from Liberty
Looking for your opinion for safety on the LifeProof Vinyl Plank Flooring, which claims to be both phthalate-free and formaldehyde-free, and Cali LVP flooring, which is supposed to be no voc odor free vinyl flooring.