Sunday, September 24, 2017

You Probably Already Have The Best Product to Clean Your Floors At Home (and its non-toxic too!)

If you have kids that love playing outdoors, then love coming inside  and then love going back outside and then floors quickly becomes an almost daily necessity (obsession?).   Perhaps I am a bit obsessed with clean floors (ok, very obsessed) and perhaps deep down I am fascinated, yet terrified and grossed out,  when I broom the floors and collect so. much. STUFF.  But, weather you love it or hate it, and regardless of how often they are cleaned in your home: cleaning the floors in your home is important stuff.  Just as important?  The products you use to clean them with.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Finally We Will All Know What is Inside Our Cleaning Supplies

Only 7% of cleaning products fully list their ingredients - hiding from consumers the ingredients they are using in their 'special formulations.  The problem?  

 Because consumers have had no way of knowing what chemicals were added to many of their favorite cleaning brands,   products used to clean homes, nurseries, preschools, schools and offices often contain known carcinogens, known asthmagens (chemicals that can cause asthma in healthy individuals), known endocrine disruptors etc

These chemicals not only affected the person doing the cleaning, but because they remain lingering in the air and in the cleaned surfaces - sometimes for days-  can affect the entire family for days after the cleaning has taken place.

Thankfully, things are changing...


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Is There a New Non-Toxic Car Seat In Town?

Thanks to various readers of my blog I heard about the new Nuna PIPA Lite.   

The 2017 new car seat model claims that it: 
weighs in less than every infant car seat—only 5.3 lbs. Tote with ease longer, knowing it goes the distance with aeroflex™ foam, true lock™ base installation, and no added fire retardant chemicals. All while exceeding American safety standards."

"no added fire retardants"  what does that mean? Could it be true!?  I started researching and eventually contacted two different people at Nuna and both (customer service and media contact) confirmed that the Nuna Pipa Lite:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

How To Test For Toxic Chemicals At Home: Testing Your Paint, Water, Air and Body

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t always have to spend thousands of dollars testing for serious chemicals in your home.  In fact, there are home testing kits that can help you determine if your family is being exposed to some of the most serious and toxic chemicals. 

Home testing kits are never as accurate as the testing a professional can provide but they can be effective as a first step towards helping  you determine if you need to spend serious money on calling a professional into your home.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Best Indoor Plants To Purify Your Home AIr

We are in the middle of a heat wave in Southern California so it is definitely too hot to open the windows all day and allow our home air circulate (getting household toxins out of the house and fresh air in).  

So how do I make sure my indoor air is still free from toxins?

  • 1.   Try to open windows for a couple of minutes in the early morning or evening when it is not so hot.
  • 2.  Make sure to dust and vacuum regularly - since toxins, like flame retardants from electronics and furniture, like to make their way to household dust
  • 3.  I take care of my favorite alternate methods of air purification: plants!