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  1. Does Vinegar Kill Germs? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Non Toxic Cleaning: Does Vinegar Kill Germs? Here’s What You Need to Know. Vinegar has been a popular cleaning solution for decades. Today, a lot of us are turning to vinegar as an alternative to conventional cleaning products after learning about their toxic downsides. Unfortunately, vinegar’s cleaning power to kill germs is often overblown. Here’s the real deal on vinegar...
  2. No Poison At The Dinner Table: Our Favorite Non-Toxic Dinnerware for Kids

    Non-Toxic Product Guides: No Poison At The Dinner Table: Our Favorite Non-Toxic Dinnerware for Kids As adults, we’re able to enjoy a rainbow of gorgeous plate and cutlery options made of super safe materials like ceramic and glass. And in a perfect world, our kids could enjoy the same. If anyone lives in that world, please let us know how...
  3. DIY Cleaning Products: Vinegar’s Surprising Drawbacks

    Natural Cleaning Solutions: DIY Cleaning Products: Vinegar’s Surprising Drawbacks Grandma was right – vinegar is a pretty amazing multi-tasker! What else can remove grass stains and dissolve glue, as well as make meringue fluffier and prevent cheese from molding? Lots of parents are using vinegar to make DIY cleaning products too, because they’re so concerned about toxic chemicals around their...
  4. What are Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: Toxic Chemical Free Living

    Toxic Chemical Glossary: What are Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: Toxic Chemical Free Living What are quaternary ammonium compounds or “quats”? Quaternary ammonium compounds or “quats” are antimicrobial chemicals that are used in a variety of different products ranging from spermicidal jellies, to dishwashing liquids, hand soaps, air fresheners and disinfectants.  They make clothes feel softer after being washed so they’re also...
  5. Natural Does Not Mean Non Toxic: The Surprising Truth

    Natural Cleaning: Natural Does Not Mean Non Toxic: The Surprising Truth Fragrances are added to virtually everything from cleaning products to perfume to toothpaste and even orange juice. But fragrance isn’t just one thing, but rather a long list of ingredients that manufacturers aren’t required to disclose to the public . Fragrances are used to enhance a consumer’s sensory experience...
  6. What are Ethanolamine Compounds (DEA, MEA or TEA): Chemical Free Living

    Toxic Chemical Glossary: What are Ethanolamine Compounds (DEA, MEA, or TEA): Chemical Free Living What are ethanolamine compounds (DEA, MEA, or TEA)? Ethanolamine compounds are used as emulsifying agents, fragrances and pH adjusters in soaps, cosmetics, household cleaning products, and personal care products. What products are ethanolamine compounds in? These chemicals are widely used in soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, household cleaners...
  7. What is 1,4-Dioxane: Chemical Free Living

    Toxic Chemical Glossary: What is 1,4-Dioxane: Chemical Free Living What is 1,4-dioxane? In cosmetics, detergents, baby washes, shampoos, pharmaceuticals, and other personal care products 1,4-dioxane is a trace contaminant. It is not necessarily added to these personal care products, but rather occurs as a byproduct in some ingredients . In products like liquid soaps and bubble baths, 1,4-dioxane is an...
  8. What are Phthalates: Chemical Free Living

    Toxic Chemical Glossary: What are Phthalates: Chemical Free Living What are phthalates? Phthalates are commonly used in fragranced products like skin moisturizers, soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and perfumes to help the scent linger longer. Phthalates are a ubiquitous class of chemicals used in softeners, solvents, fragrances, plasticizers, and PVC or polyvinyl chloride products . They’re used to make plastics more...
  9. What is Fragrance: Chemical Free Living

    Toxic Chemical Glossary: What is Fragrance: Chemical Free Living What is “fragrance”? Fragrances are added to virtually everything from cleaning products to perfume to toothpaste and even orange juice. But fragrance isn’t just one thing, but rather a long list of ingredients that manufacturers aren’t required to disclose to the public . Fragrances are used to enhance a consumer’s sensory...
  10. What is Sodium Hypochlorite: Chemical Free Living

    Toxic Chemical Glossary: What is Sodium Hypochlorite: Chemical Free Living What is sodium hypochlorite? Sodium hypochlorite is also known as bleach and is a member of the chlorine family.  It is one of the most dangerous types of chlorine. It is used because of its broad spectrum antimicrobial function in cleaning products . What products is sodium hypochlorite in? This chemical is...

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