• non-toxic mattress brands and where to buy

    What to Look for in a Non-Toxic Mattress: Brands and Where to Buy

    It seems crazy that something we spend one third of our lives on might be toxic. Yet while your mattress isn’t toxic in the sense that it’ll kill you  on contact (well, not likely anyways), it may have some less-than-desirable ingredients. Most people think of non-toxic mattresses for a new baby’s crib – but we deserve…


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    How to Green Your Valentine’s Day

    It may be a sea of red and pink as we head into Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it a little green too! Unfortunately, conventional traditions for the day of love are less than lovely for your health and the planet. Let’s take a look at a few of the more common traditions and how you…


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    Non-Toxic Non-Stick Cookware

    I’ve been getting a lot of questions about non-toxic, non-stick cookware in my Facebook Group, the Green Product Forum, so I wanted to share some tips and specific product recommendations here. Many people think first of reducing or eliminating plastic from their kitchen, to reduce exposure to chemicals like BPA….


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  • How CertClean Wants to Detox Your Bathroom

    A few weeks ago on the blog, I shared tips on replacing your toiletries – what to do with your conventional products once you’ve decided to make the switch to healthier alternatives. But what if you know you want to make the switch, but don’t know how to choose better…


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    How to Detox Your Cosmetics: Getting Rid of What You Have

    So you’re ready to ditch your conventional cosmetics, toiletries and body care products. Maybe you’re sick of the eczema, or allergies, or headaches that many people get from products with synthetic fragrances. Or maybe you want to stop contributing to water pollution. Perhaps you are now aware of the carcinogens and hormone disruptors in every-day products….


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  • Homemade Natural Cleaners That Really Work

    I’ll let you in on a little secret: up until 2 years ago, I’d never made my own cleaners. OK, so maybe not earth shattering, but considering that every green expert on the internet does it, I did feel like a bit of an outcast. Why hadn’t I tried homemade cleaners yet? The…


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  • Non-Toxic Cookware

    Credit: Jane Rix / Shutterstock You’ve probably heard that Teflon is bad for your health. But do you know why, or are wondering how bad it really is? Afterall, it does make clean-up a heckuva lot easier. Read more about non-stick coatings and what the alternatives are in my article for EcoParent Magazine.  


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    Should You Feed Your Family Organic Food?

    Eating organic may sound like a good idea in theory, but with a family to feed and the higher cost of organic food, is it really practical? It’s a question I’ve discussed on my blog before. In this article for EcoParent Magazine, I clarify what it means…


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    The Dirt on Disinfecting Wipes

    Wipes used to be reserved for baby bums and rib fests. Now they’re on countertops and cleaning kits in 50% of homes. Studies continue to show that our obsession with killing germs has gotten out of hand and is actually doing more harm than good.


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  • Is Borax Toxic?

    Borax has been lining DIYer’s shelves for decades. It’s been a green cleaner staple and is even used to make kids’ crafts. But that is about to change. This month, Health Canada released its “Draft Screening Assessment for Boric Acid, its Salts and its Precursers”. It includes recommendations to avoid products like…


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