Author: Brittany Thomas

Toxic Teflon

I just receive a wonderful gift for my birthday this year! Stainless steel pans! I have been previously using non-stick pans for the last 4 years. I had tried out non-stick pans before getting married and loved how easy they were to cook with. Therefore, being the bride-to-be, I registered for a great set of non-stick pans. Little did I know that what makes these pans so wonderful to cook with also can cause some health issues.Non-stick pans can contain residues of perfluorooctanoic acid also known as PFOA. If you buy any pan that has a non-stick coating on it, the box will probably warn you to keep your birds out of the kitchen while cooking. This is because the fumes from non-stick pans can very easily kill small birds. Sounds a bit like the old canary in a mine, to me. PFOA is a likely human carcinogen. PFOA has been linked to a wide range of problems such as thyroid diseases, endocrine, reproductive, and neurobiological health effects and metabolic development problems. While scientists say that non-stick pans are not the main source of PFOA contamination for humans, it is still not a good thing to have around. Recent studies are starting to find that there are other fumes released from non-stick pans that are more of a concern then PFOA. Want safer cookware options? Try some of these!...

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Cloth Wipe Solution

We’ve been using cloth wipes for a little over a week now. I must say I love it! It’s very easy and so much better for my child. When we started using the cloth wipes I originally used just water in a spray bottle to wet the wipes. Using water did not seem to work for my son so I decided to actually make a solution. Here’s what I now use: Homemade Cloth Wipe Solution 2 Tbs. Dr. Bronners Tea Tree liquid soap2 Tbs. Apricot Kernel Oil1 cup warm water Directions: Mix the soap and the oil together and then add warm water. Stir well and pour into a spray bottle. To use just spray your wipes before use and that’s...

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Buying Used: Consignment Stores

I have never been a fan of buying used items. I have no idea why; maybe I’ve stepped into too many filthy thrift stores. Either way, I have avoided buying used. In the attempt to rid my house to plastic toys, I took my bags of plastic to a consignment store. I figure I might as well have the possibility of getting some money from these toys. Plus donating them is much better then just throwing them away. Thus I stepped foot in my first consignment store. I have been missing out! First off, the donating of toys was so easy! I just dropped them off with one of the workers and she told me that I could call anytime and check to see if any of my items sold. At this store at least, they put your item on sale and if it sells, you receive 40% cash or 50% store credit. After visiting that store, I might just take the credit! The store was great! Maybe it is because it was only kid and baby stuff but it was quite nice. Tons of clothes, a few cribs, toys galore, and so on. They even sale new items. I found quite a few new carriers, shoes, and toys. This lovely store actually carries the largest selection of Melissa & Doug toys that I have ever seen! They definitely...

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Switching to Cloth Wipes

I have waited a long time to finally make cloth wipes. I would have made them months ago but the huge box of bulk wipes that I bought has made itself last forever. Once I opened the last package of wipes, I was off to the fabric store in search of terry cloth and flannel. I now have 30 wipes made out of cloth for my toddler. It’s amazing how long sewing 30 little squares can take! However, it was definitely worth it, especially since I made 30 wipes for only $6.00 whereas I could buy 12 wipes from some online store for a minimum of $12.00.Why in the world would I want cloth wipes? Believe it or not baby wipes have quite a mixture of chemicals and they are not very nice ones. In fact, the wipes my family generally used recently switched formulas and my youngest son’s skin did not like it. What chemicals are in our children’s wipes? 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1; 3-Diol: This one has a toxic rating of 10 on Skin Deep! It is a neurotoxin, immunotoxin, and organ system toxin. There is also concern for formaldehyde contamination. DMDM Hydantoin: releases formaldehyde and is also an immunotoxin. Propylene Glycol: immunotoxin, organ toxin, irritant, increased cancer risk. Curiously, it is also used in anti-freeze. Methylparaben: endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicin, organ toxin, biochemical and cellular level changes. Sadly these are...

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A Guide To Plastics

Not all plastics are created equal. There is quite a variety of plastics that we surround ourselves with. Now I do not particularly like any plastic and I am slowly getting rid of as much plastic as I can. However, there are times when plastic is the only option. Some plastics are safer then others; we now know that plastic can leach harmful chemicals. Which plastics are the ones we want to avoid? Most plastics are labeled on the bottom by a number in the center of the standard recycling symbol. This number tells you what type of plastic the item is made out of. Now there are some plastics that do not get a number label. Why is beyond me. Companies claim they do not label their plastics because it is a company secret, this sounds ridiculous to me. In the case of unlabeled plastic, you are best to not buy it, as you have no idea what kind of plastic it is made out of. There is currently 7 numbers in the plastic labeling system. 1 PETE: Polyethylene Terephthalate – A safer plastic. Usually a number 1 plastic is a single time use plastic. 2 HDPE: High-Density Polyethylene – A safer plastic. 3 V: Polyvinyl Chloride – Avoid. May contain/leach BPA, lead, phthalates, mercury, cadmium, and dioxins. 4 LDPE: Low-Density Polyethylene – A safer plastic. 5 PP:...

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