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Should You Replace Your Shower Curtain With A Safer One?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

When detoxing your home, it can be overwhelming to think of replacing each little item with nontoxic versions. However, the opportunity of replacing each little item is that it can be done incrementally, one item at a time. In the bathroom, shower curtains are one of the little things that can be replaced without a lot of hassle or a lot of cost.

Why replace the shower curtain?  

When you open a new shower curtain, it has...

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Why Choose Glass Over Plastic?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

As you detox your home, it’s important to understand what materials to avoid, but almost more important to know what materials to choose! Glass is one of the materials consistently preferred over plastic for two big reasons: it’s better for people and for the environment.

In 2013, 299 million tons of plastics were produced(1). That number increases each year. Plastic water bottles alone increased by 39.8 billion within 14...

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What Are You Sleeping on 3,650 Hours?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

It’s not every day that people replace their mattress. In fact, not even every five years. It’s every seven years, if you follow the suggestions of the Better Sleep Council.(1)

How much time do you spend sleeping on that mattress?

The average adult American spends between nine and eleven hours per day on personal care activities, including sleep.(2) That’s an average of 3,650 hours per year.  A quick calculation of...

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Detox Your Holiday Lights of Lead

Holiday string lights are often an integral part of the festive decor. But did you know that holiday string lights can contain lead that can rub off on hands and contaminate your dust? 

Below are tips for healthier string lights.

1. Seek lead-free string lights. They exist! Each year, there are more options available too.

2. Look for ones that are also RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) compliant.  RoHS restricts the use of specific hazardous materials--such as lead,...

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Choosing Placemats

kitchen textiles Dec 04, 2017

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Placemats help to protect tables and add interest to table settings. While many people focus on the style of placemat, the material it’s made of is equally important.  

Place mats can be made from natural materials (like cotton, hemp, or linen), or synthetic fibers (like polyester and nylon, vinyl, plastic, or wood). In addition, they can be dyed and treated with other chemicals. Some of these materials can contain...

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Peace of Mind in Detoxing Your Bedroom

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

The bedroom. It’s one of the most important rooms in your home, making it one of the first places to detox.

It’s where you sleep after a loooong day of work, raising kids, and running errands. It’s where your kid’s recover after being exposed to germs at school. And where we all, big and small, get a good night’s sleep in order to stay healthy (1).

One third (1/3) of our time is spent sleeping. (2)

That...

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Warm, Welcoming Nontoxic Candles

ambiance Dec 01, 2017

by Angela Cummings


Back in the day, I used to burn candles to make our home smell comforting and welcoming. Especially in the fall and winter when we gathered with family and friends. There was something about having our guests arrive to the smell of a freshly-lit candle that gave me comfort, an expectation that they’d feel right at home.

But behind that comforting scent was a dirty little secret that I would never have imagined.

How Standard Scented Candles are Made

That dirty little...

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Safer Textile Materials to Detox Your Home

furniture textiles Nov 30, 2017

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Materials, or textiles, are everywhere. They cover (ha! pun intended) or comprise:

  • furniture: mattresses, couches, chairs, seat covers
  • bedding: blankets, mattress pads and sheets
  • clothing, including athletic apparel 
  • other products made from fabric, including toys

Across the board, materials in each of the categories above can be made from synthetic or natural fibers.

So, how do you figure out which type of material is safe?

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When Painting, Planning Pays Off

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

One of the easiest and least expensive ways to freshen up a room is to paint the walls. However, paint can pollute indoor air. Below are tips to help protect both your health and your finances. 

Detox Your Painted Walls

Three key things to consider when selecting safer paints are lead, VOCs, and HAPs.

Lead

While the US banned lead from house paint in 1978, lead is still found in the painted...

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The Effects of X-Rays on Early Pregnancy

pregnancy Nov 28, 2017

The medical and scientific community frequently updates safety recommendations in response to the latest science. The content may contain outdated information so please always talk to your trusted healthcare providers for the latest understanding about the risks of x-rays during pregnancy.

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Radiation from x-rays and other sources is something to be mindful of.

While pregnant, my OBGYN avoided unnecessary x-rays. But, as my dentists and dental assistants rushed out of...

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