Dryer Sheets/Balls: How They Work and What are the Options?

I see people from time to time asking about what dryer sheets and fabric softeners do, how they work, and what people can use instead to get rid of static in their laundry. I thought it was high time to address this issue. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets and bars perform similar functions. They coat […]


Searching for a Safe Travel Accommodation

I’ve written previously about staying in hotels with chemical allergies, but there are times when staying in a hotel just doesn’t work. One time my husband forgot to leave the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door and housekeeping cleaned the room unsafely after the first day, right before I came to join him. Sometimes hotels […]


Propylene Glycol in Alcoholic Beverages

About a month and a half ago, I was sick. You know that horrible, draining, coughing, phelgm-y, awfulness that was going around? Well it hit no one in my house except me. My throat was so sore and swollen that I didn’t speak for three days. I couldn’t cough because it hurt too much, and […]


Chinese Organic Food

One thing that the development of my propylene glycol allergy has done is to make me a human detector of certain chemicals in food. I haven’t figured out all the quirks of my condition yet, but a closing throat is a pretty clear symptom. I have read recently about the conditions of Chinese-grown organic foods […]


Eggs and Propylene Glycol – An Update

This is a follow-up to my initial post discussing the possible causes of chemical contamination, particularly with propylene glycol, in commercial eggs, especially North American eggs. I mentioned in my first post about eggs that I wanted to try some unwashed eggs from free-range, organic birds to test to see whether the level of chemical contamination […]


Sudden Cross-Country Trips: A War Against My Allergies

My grandfather is ill and dying, and I sit here, at home, writing. I sit because I’ve been searching in despair for three days for some kind of vehicle that might help me travel 10,000 km, across mountains and plains, forests and straits, and not have my skin peel off or my throat close up. […]


Can Nickel in Sweat Cause Contact Dermatitis?

There are anecdotal reports of nickel in sweat causing contact dermatitis, but I wanted to look into the science of this phenomenon to see if it had any scientific backing. Google is my friend. Here’s what I found: The first study I came across examined the incidence of nickel in bodily fluids after people were fed […]


Avoiding Sulphates/Sulfates

As people start trying to use healthier and safer body and home care products, they start to actively avoid certain key ingredients. One of the most common sets of ingredients to avoid is known amongst the healthy living crowd and blogosphere as “sulphates” (or the American spelling, “sulfates”, not to be confused with sulphites/sulfites). There […]


Five Reasons to Stop Eating Your Contact Allergens

We know that people with food allergies can become sensitized to their food allergen to such a degree that they can no longer even be around the smell of the food, or touch it, as for example with peanuts. What about the reverse? What if you have a contact allergy, preventing you from being around […]


Diva Cup Update

In my original post about safer feminine hygiene products, I said that I was having problems with my Diva Cup. Although I loved the function of the cup, despite my less common difficulties with its effectiveness, it was causing problems.