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Homemade Playdough with Essential Oils

By Fredrica Syren: A year ago, I was introduced to the wonderful (and nice smelling) world of essential oils when a friend gave me some oils to help with my boys’ persistent cough. I was amazed at how well it worked, so I took a class in making household cleaners …

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Chemical Free Beauty– Say Hello to Natural Perfumes

By Kim Robson: Recently, a friend gave me a delightful and unexpected gift: a bottle of aromatherapy body spray  called “Hippie Bitch”from herbalist Raven Bella Zingaro.I love the refreshing scent comprised of lavender, lemongrass, geranium, sandalwood and a touch of patchouli. It lasts for only a short while before dispersing, …

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Is Organic Fertilizer Really Organic?

By Kim Robson: Most of us have gotten pretty good at reading food labels. But have you looked at the ingredients list on those store-bought bags of “organic” fertilizers? You may be shocked to find these components included: Chicken or Turkey Feathers Manure Dehydrated Manure Chicken Litter Bone Meal Fish …

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Fatal Beauty-Lead In Lipstick

By Amanda Wilkes: As I  look at that perfect shade of lipstick and feel it smooth along my lips, I only wish that it was poisoning me. We have removed lead from our paints, our homes and our gasoline, how on earth is it still allowed in our lipstick? It’s …

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Natural Stain Removers

By Kim Robson: Traditional store-bought stain removers are full of nasty toxic chemical solvents. Luckily, there are plenty of natural alternatives, many of which are probably already in your pantry. Keep these items on hand and you’ll always be able to make your own natural solvents: Distilled white vinegar Baking …

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How to Clean with Just Baking Soda & Vinegar

By Larraine Roulston: Keeping your home spotless with baking soda and vinegar is easy, economical and environmentally friendly. Baking soda cleans, polishes and refreshes. When combined with vinegar, its fizzy reaction signals a dynamic duo that attacks grime. Ovens: Burnt foods can be cleaned by spraying the oven with water, followed by applying …

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The Importance of Chemical-Free Toys and Where to Buy Them

By Fredrica Syren: In past years, there have been many toy recalls because of high amounts of chemicals and heavy metals found in them. Sadly, there are very few guidelines or regulations regarding chemicals in toys in the U.S. However, the good news is that, thanks to recalls, more attention …

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Creativity Without Worries—Nontoxic Art Supplies

By Fredrica Syren: My kids have always loved to produce art. They love everything — painting, drawing, sewing, building and sculpting with playdough or clay. It’s just great to see how creative they get and have so much fun. Especially during our summer break, we spend more time creating art. …

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What Are BPAs and How Can They Be Avoided?

Fredrica Syren: As you may have read this month, I have joined the Plastic-Free July Challenge. One very good reason for avoiding plastic is that it is chemical laden. Most of us have heard of BPA and that we should avoid it. Many people assume that BPA is only in …

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What You Need to Know About Lead

By Larraine Roulston: Lead (chemical symbol Pb) is one of those hidden pollutants that could be in your home — especially if your house was built prior to 1980. If left untouched, lead in wall paints most likely will not cause a problem at all. Should you start scraping off old paint around windowsills …

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