Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Mold inspections

Someone wrote to me saying that she  has "chemical allergy, mold and dust allergies as well. I
am in search for someone who comes into peoples houses and can help
determine where the toxins (such as mold) are and how to remove them. Do you
know of anyone in the maryland area that does this?"

Response: If you search for "mold remediation maryland" you will see some companies.  Also realtors and home inspectors can refer you to someone. You'll want to talk to several people and try to determine who uses the least-toxic method.

The first step is to control moisture by eliminating leaks and maintaining good air flow. Read HUD's page and links at

Friday, May 25, 2007

Safe cleaning products

Mary writes:
" I feel for you. I have been chemically sensitive for years. You will find that everyone is different and reacts differently to products.

These are some products I use.

Sunlight sensitive skin laundry soap is fragrance free also No Name brand
carries a scent free one. No Name fabric softener - fragrance free
Nature Clean products if you can find who sells them close to you. cleaners,
Simple Green cleaner. Gallon is vary affordable. use for every cleaning
Water, 1 ounce of vinegar and one drop of dishsoap in a spray bottle work
really well for glass
baking soda cleans sinks and tubs really well
Jergens hand soap is fragrance free and gentle on the skin
Also check your local health food store for products such as shampoos and
conditioners look for the scent free products.
look for the scent free products such as soap, dippety do hair gel, under
arm deodorant in your local grocery store
The best to you."

Monday, May 21, 2007

Unhealthy Car Smells

Jeanne writes: "I have had problems buying a used car.  They must be using some newer foams, glues, etc.  I am having problems with odors in even 2002 models.  My husband thinks the odors are coming from the fabric in the seats.  I can’t stand leather because of the dyes.  Do you have any suggestions?"


Jeanne,  I just read that Car Talk has a page on their website about car odors:

Follow their link to the fascinating interview and then go to for more information. Good luck!

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