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One Simple Tip for Finding Nontoxic Dishwasher Detergent

cleaning kitchen Oct 11, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Are you concerned about harmful chemicals in dishwasher detergent?

We are.

Dishwasher detergents can remain on cups and glasses, even after running through the rinse cycle.

Adding a rinse agent, which also can contain harmful chemicals, may add to the toxic film left on dishes.

What are these chemicals and how can we choose nontoxic dishwasher detergent in order to create a nontoxic home?


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Tips for Finding Nontoxic Baby Shampoo

children Oct 09, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


When my son was first born, I had no idea baby shampoos could have toxic chemicals. 

I wish I had known!

I might have prevented 8 years of illness.

Ear infections, sinus infections, and constant allergy symptoms lead doctors to believe my son had “bad allergies.” He was given allergy shots for 3 years.

Still sick.

Once I started using chemical-free products, such as nontoxic shampoos, the infections and “bad...

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3 Nontoxic Cleaning Recipes for Kitchen Cabinets

cleaning kitchen Oct 07, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Kitchen cabinets accumulate grime and dirt from everyday use. Over time, wood surfaces and door knobs can develop a thick layer of grime. Not to mention stuck-on foods that splatter onto cabinet surfaces, or spills from food, milk, and juices that drip onto lower cabinets.

Keeping kitchen cabinets clean can help minimize bacteria and mold.


Health risks from a dirty kitchen cabinet

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Health Risks from Cookware

diet kitchen Oct 06, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Do you make time to cook at home so that you and your family can eat a healthier diet? Are you also someone who makes baby food to protect your child from chemicals found in prepackaged baby foods?

Increasingly, people are trying to eat more homemade meals. Moms of babies and toddlers are prioritizing time to make homemade baby food. These people know that it's healthier to hand select the ingredients in...

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Helping My Child Spot Fake News Online

The days of sitting down with the evening newspaper to marinate and mull over the national and local news are long gone.

Today’s information is delivered fast and furiously over the high-tech devices and provides supposed facts at a rapid-fire pace. News sources are under incredible pressure to get the “scoop” but the speed of instant news does not come without a high price.

It takes time and earnest thought to think things through to figure out the essence of the actual...

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Protect Social Skills from Technology

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Face-to-face interactions are key to healthy social skills. For young people, they are essential in learning to notice and interpret non-verbal cues, in connecting with others, and in developing empathy.

Our increasing time on digital screens, however, jeopardizes the development of healthy social skills, especially among our children and teenagers. Below are some estimates on our children's digital...

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Wired for Better or Worse

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Building values for healthy living have long been on a parent’s radar, and most parents agree that safeguards are necessary to keep the internet a safe, secure learning environment for children and teens.

Google has provided parents with a SafeSearch filter to prevent kids from using the search engine to find unsafe or inappropriate sites for a long time. Adults wanting to avoid unsafe or inappropriate websites can use...

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10 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe From Online Predators

Give technology a bedtime.

by the editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


The world wide web is a wonderland of information and entertainment. And it's great for kids when used mindfully and with adult supervision.

But it can also be an unsafe environment for kids to navigate on their own, including from online predators who are savvy in preying on children.     

After hearing about worrisome scenarios of children and the internet,...

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Live Streaming 101: What Parents Should Know

While live streaming services like YouNow have been around for a while, many other apps have started incorporating live streaming features as well.

Facebook has Facebook Live, Tumblr has partnered with YouNow to incorporate streaming features directly into the app, and YouTube now allows videos to be streamed live as well (no editing required).

Children and adults often use these and other apps to communicate with others and play games, so it’s important for you to understand the...

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Tips for Nontoxic Kitchen Utensils

kitchen Sep 25, 2018

by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée


Cooking utensils and disposable eating utensils are often made of plastic, and sometimes vinyl (among the most toxic types of plastic). These materials may contaminate your diet with toxic chemicals as well as contaminate our environment during their manufacturing and even after you discard them. 

Plastic utensils typically contain or involve toxic chemicals such as benzene, BPA, chlorine, dioxins, and...

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