What You Need to Know to Avoid VOCs

woman's hands applying VOC free nail polish removerA lot of people are worried about volatile organic compounds, better known as VOCs. These compounds can cause health issues like allergies and asthma—some have even been linked to cancer. Yet because you often can’t see or smell them, it’s difficult to know when your air has been compromised. Especially now that most new homes are built airtight for energy efficiency, VOCs are often trapped inside. Learn how to identify and avoid VOCs found in most American homes. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Natural Sex

natural sex guideIt’s probably the most hush-hush subject on the planet, but when it comes to natural sex, we should all be talking about it more. Because although natural sex is the goal for so many of us, the… ahem… tools that we use to get it couldn’t be more unnatural: Hormone-disrupting phthalates and off-gassing VOCs abound! Use this guide to get some more natural sex. [Read more…]

3 Steps to Avoid Dryer Sheet Air Pollution

wool dryer ballsThere’s nothing quite like the warm smell of fresh laundry. I grew up with that scent, and was taught early on that when doing a load you put the soap in the washer and the dryer sheet in the dryer—I simply couldn’t think about doing one without the other. But because of allergies and asthma in my household, I stopped using dryer sheets about a decade ago. And you know what? My clothes are just as soft. Now new research shows my laundry is safer, too, because of dryer sheet air pollution. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Approved: Quiet Home Paints

can of paint in front of fuzzy background roomFor years, my kids have been begging us to repaint their rooms. Seems that bright blue and green don’t exactly reflect their teen spirit. But I know too much about VOCs to take that task lightly.

Commonly known as VOCs, “volatile organic compounds” are toxic chemicals that release into the air over time. VOCs are found in paint, among other things; VOCs have been linked to asthma and allergies.  And even paints marketed as “low-” or “no-VOC” can still contain as much as five grams per liter of these chemicals.

But when I learned about Quiet Home Paints I started prepping the rollers. These paints are truly VOC free—they contain zero grams per liter—and totally non-toxic. [Read more…]