Plane Nerves

Today I take my first plane trip since finding out about my chemical allergies. That’s 6 hours of sitting in close proximity to a LOT of people, all their associated detergents, body sprays, perfumes, fabric softeners, hairspray… Understandably, I’m a little nervous. The trip would be unmanageable without flying, as I’m traveling from Ontario, Canada, […]


Reducing Plastic Use in the Kitchen

Although my husband recently decided¬†that reducing our plastic use was the right way to go to help save the environment, our health, and wildlife, I have been working on reducing our plastic use in our kitchen for a while now. I may not be comfortable recycling, throwing, or giving away our Tupperware (and most Tupperware […]


Easy, Allergen-Free Dish Soap, for Now

Commercial hand-washing dish detergent such as one might buy in a grocery store is a very useful product. It removes vast quantities of grease, it rinses clean, and it’s super-concentrated. When you have chemical allergies, and start to realize what’s in the things you use, your perspective changes. Most commercial dish detergents contain isothiazolinones. The […]


The Drive to Remove Plastics

Last Wednesday, as we were driving on our weekly night out, my husband said something absolutely shocking to me. I’m serious. I was floored. I almost didn’t know how to respond, I didn’t want to jinx what he was saying or wake up, but as he spoke, I became increasingly proud of him. I’ve been […]


6 Alternative Ways to Get Rid of What You No Longer Want

The inevitable result of almost any spring cleaning, life change, move, or discovery of chemical allergies is that you will come across things that you no longer want around. Sometimes the item is worn out, sometimes it’s obsolete, sometimes it’s no longer suitable for the way you choose to live your life, and sometimes it’s […]


Tooth Care for the Allergic and Sensitive of Tooth

Evaluating my toothpaste use has been a very recent addition to the natural health care regimen. I had picked up a Green Beaver xylitol-based toothpaste previously for camping, because its natural ingredients and nonfluoridation mean that it’s not too bad to swallow if you don’t have a sink, but hadn’t fully immersed myself into looking […]


Staying at Friends’ Houses

I have had he occasion to stay at friends’ homes a few times since finding out about my allergies. It always makes me at least a little bit nervous, but I’ve come to develop a bit of a routine and packing list, which helps a lot. Plus choosing to stay with friends who are aware […]


Hair Removal Options for Allergies and the Environment

This topic falls into the healthier and more environmentally friendly living context rather than allergies. I like to remove the hair from certain parts of my body, I have been slowly making changes to how I remove body hair for some time now, and seem to have found what makes me happy. Tweezers work for […]


Homemade Enzyme-Based Pet Stain/Odour Remover

If you have pets, you have pet stains. It might just be where Fluffy threw up, where Spot dragged his bottom across the floor, or Boots may have a favourite inappropriate place to pee. We only have one cat, but he doesn’t always pee where he should, and when the basement bathroom door is closed […]


Misadventures and Lessons in Starting a Garden

I spoke on Wednesday about sourcing and growing food. I’m still in my first few years of gardening, but I’m slowly learning the ins and outs. The first year, I went on vacation and came home to lettuce four feet tall; we offered some to our neighbour, and our unwitting neighbour walked away with two […]