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5 Uses For Vinegar In the Kitchen

Vinegar is safe and cheap. There might be a hundred ways to use it in the kitchen. Here are five. […]

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Under the Sink, Part II: EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning

I’ve just gathered all our household cleaners and looked them up on EWG’s 2012 Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Before I reveal what I found, a bit of background on the guide. EWG reviewed more than 2,000 products and gave them grades of A though F, using algorithms to account for hazardous ingredients, possible contaminants, toxic […]

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Fergus’ Washable (Not Edible) Tissues

What could be more fun than pulling tissues out of a box? If Fergus could speak, he would say, “Eating them!” I don’t know how many times I pulled wads of paper out of his mouth before I wised up …

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My fridge is full of GlassLock storage containers, reused baby food jars, and Pyrex.

Three Steps Toward a Plastic-Free Kitchen

Plastic isn’t a great material for storing, cooking, or serving food. Chemicals leach out of it into food, making their way into our bodies. Glass is a safer option, and it’s better for the environment, too. A total switch from plastic to glass probably feels overwhelming, so try a gradual approach, like I did. Here […]

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Banned in Toys, Allowed in School Supplies

Seventy-five percent of school supplies tested by CHEJ had such high levels of toxic phthalates that they would be illegal if they were toys. See this report and the related guide to buying safe supplies for your kids. […]

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Sweet William sits in his Butterfly chair with Didi and Baba.

Rediscovering the Butterfly Chair

In the wake of the Chicago Tribune’s amazing exposé on flame retardants, it looks like California (and the rest of the country) is finally waking up to their dangers and moving toward greater restrictions on their use. In the meantime, most of the furniture you see in showrooms is still soaked in the toxic stuff, […]

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J&J Pledges End to Dangerous Chemicals in Toiletries

Johnson & Johnson says it will remove dangerous chemicals from its toiletries and cosmetics by the end of 2015. Last year it agreed to remove them from its baby products by the end of 2013. J&J’s products contain formaldehyde, 1,4 dioxane, triclosan, phthalates, parabens, and undisclosed fragrance ingredients. These chemicals are linked to a variety […]

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Battery Recycling

Rechargeable batteries wear out, particularly if they’re powering your baby’s favorite blinking toy. Don’t throw them in the trash. Click here to find a used battery dropbox, courtesy call2recycle. The organization has already recycled more than 4 million pounds of batteries this year. They also accept broken cell phones.

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