Minimizing Contact with Allergens – Blankets and Mattress Pads

I’m starting to get my clothing and house more under control for my chemical allergies. We have gotten rid of all body care and cleaning products that directly contain my allergens. Fabrics have been tougher, but I have the materials I need to cover up or change out the polyester seams in my cotton shirts […]


Natural Fibre Jackets/Coats, Part 2

I spoke on Monday about natural fibre coat options I had found. Today I’d like to share a few more ideas for more natural fibre jackets: Canvas jackets – Canvas is a heavier cotton fabric that functions similarly to Ventile, absorbing water and swelling to block water penetration. Its fibres are not water resistant without some […]


Natural Fibre Jackets

Anyone who has looked for a synthetic-fabric-free jacket quickly learns that synthetic fabrics are everywhere. Nylon and polyester shells dominate the market. Gore-tex sells well for people looking to stay dry in wet weather, stretch weaves rule for fitted coats, and nylon and polyester linings help us slide into our jacket sleeves. Artificial furs and […]


Fraudulent Olive Oil

It all started with an experiment. My daughter was making soap with medieval ingredients. I had saved her some beef tallow and some bacon fat, and were planning to add olive oil and a bit of beeswax. We entered numbers into the soapcalc.net calculator, which calculates the amount of water and sodium hydroxide (lye) to use […]


Socks!

For the past few months, I’ve been thinking about socks. I’ve been trying to get synthetics off my skin, and socks were a part of this process for which I couldn’t seem to find a good answer. Buy mass-produced, everyone-buys-them socks from a big-box retailer, and you’ll come home with a sock that’s probably about […]


Neti Pots: Why and How?

The neti pot. Unsettling in theory, but very useful and effective in practice. Want to know why you might want to use a neti pot? How to use it? Some tips and tricks to make it more effective? Read on. What is a neti pot? A neti pot is a container into which you put […]


Free Apps that Help Live Life with Contact Allergies and Sensitivities

Continuing Friday’s review of free apps that help people with allergies, today I’m reviewing some of the apps I found that might help people with chemical and contact allergies, although many are also helpful for people who like to live in less chemically-polluted home environments. Eczema Tracker (http://eczematracker.com/) [iOS] [Android – Coming Soon] My Rating: […]


Review of Free Apps to that Help with Food Allergies and Intolerances

I found myself today searching for apps that might help me with my food intolerances. I have intolerances to even minute quantities of egg and dairy, and this makes everything food-related a bit more of a challenge, from my husband shopping for food for me to eating out, and even sometimes trying to figure out […]


My Favourite Products Discovered So Far

In all of my research into sustainable living, allergies, ethical companies, and the environment, I often find the best choice is to make things myself. Sometimes, though, that’s either unrealistic or impossible, and this is where I’ve found some really amazing things. Below are some of the favourites I’ve found so far: WeWood Watches Made […]


Review of Bissell Big Green Carpet Cleaning Machine

When we first moved into our home, we rented a Rug Doctor carpet cleaner from the grocery store and used the Rug Doctor carpet cleaning chemicals to wash all of the carpets in our house. Fast forward to several years later. There has always been a spot in the playroom that the cat sniffs and […]