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#LeadSafeMama: Site Stats – April 2019 just inched its way into 4th place (4th #BestMonthEver), with over 143,000 views.

Well I still haven’t gotten around to publishing a stats summary for March 2019… I think because I am probably still in shock at how amazing it was… but in the meantime, April 2019 is holding its own. As of this moment April 2019 is in 4th place #BestMonthEver for LeadSafeMama.com / TamaraRubin.com in terms […]

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Happy Earth Day 2019 LeadSafeMama

Yesterday #LeadSafeMama’s total views for 2019 passed 1,720,000. This is more than 2x the total views for all of 2018.

_________________________ Yesterday (April 22, 2019 – Earth Day) … quietly… #LeadSafeMama’s total site views for 2019 passed 1,720,000 unique views (see chart below.) This is more than twice the 859,201 total views in 2018! This is also more than THREE TIMES the total 502,881 views in 2017! And it’s not even the end of APRIL yet! […]

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Older Painted Ikea Decorative Juice Glass Blue White Lead Safe Mama 1

Older Ikea Glass: 41,400 ppm Lead + 745 Cadmium. Note: ALL newer Ikea I have tested has been Lead-safe or Lead-free.

This little blue and white decorated juice glass is a solid reminder that even companies doing GREAT THINGS today… have often f’ed up in the past. The owner of this glass told me she thought it was “about 10 years old”… so  – based on my knowledge of Ikea products, combined with her statement – […]

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Rae Dunn By Magenta Gulp Ceramic Coffee Mug Lead Safe Mama 1

New (August 2018) Rae Dunn Ceramic “Gulp” Coffee Mug from Marshall’s: 108 +/- 18 ppm Lead (safe by all standards.)

To see more examples of Rae Dunn pieces I have tested, click here. Read More: Can I test my dishes with a LeadCheck swab? When tested with an XRF instrument this ceramic “Rae Dunn Artisan Collection by Magenta” brand “Gulp” coffee mug (Made in China) purchased at a Marshall’s in Portland, Oregon for about $5 each […]

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Two Orange Tupperware Bowls Lead Safe Mama 2

Consumers can’t tell: one of these Tupperware bowls has 3,136 ppm Cadmium + 773 Mercury (both are poisons), one does not.

As a consumer you have no way to know which vintage Tupperware piece has toxic heavy metals (including Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium, Antimony and Lead – some of which are well documented known carcinogens) and which does not.   It is time for Tupperware to step in and make a public statement about this (and possibly […]

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2018 United States Copper and Zinc Penny Lead Safe Mama 1

2018 U.S. “Copper” Penny: 579,100 ppm Zinc & 419,200 ppm Copper. No Lead, No Cadmium, No Mercury, No Arsenic.

Below is the full set of  XRF test results for the 2018 U.S. copper penny pictured here: Details: Metals not detected are not listed Tests are done in “Consumer Goods” mode Testing instrument is a Niton XL3T XRF instrument by ThermoFisher Scientific. Both sides of the penny were tested multiple times to confirm the results. […]

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Girl Scout Enamel Badge Lead Safe Mama 1

Older Official Girlscout Badge / Pin: 39,000+/- 1,000 ppm Lead. 90 ppm is unsafe for kids.

Enamel pins are often high Lead and the scouts have even had recalls for enameled items in recent years (link). In general I avoid any enamel (from cookware to jewelry) unless I know it has been tested and found to be Lead-free (and Cadmium-free too). The Lead levels are usually just too high to make […]

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Larami Vintage Brachiosaurus Dinosaur Plastic Toy Lead Safe Mama 2

Larami Toys brachiosaurus toy dinosaur: 2,213 ppm Lead, 2,721 ppm Antimony. This toy would be illegal if made today.

Scroll down to see additional images, including picture of Dino next to Lego-guy for size! The amount of Lead that is considered unsafe and illegal in a modern item manufactured for use by children today is anything 90 ppm or higher in the paint or coating or anything 100 ppm or higher in the substrate. […]

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Mermaid Straws Lead Safe Mama 4

Rainbow Iridescent Mermaid Straws: Non-Detect for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic. #Safe!

When tested with an XRF instrument the “Mermaid Straws” pictured here had the following readings (with a 60 second test minimum unless otherwise noted): Main rainbow metal color of straw (SS # 301): Chromium (Cr): 147,200 +/- 1,100 ppm Copper (Cu): 2,751 +/- 476 ppm Nickel (Ni): 86,500 +/- 1,700 ppm Iron (Fe): 733,900 +/- […]

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Elara Dolomite Matte Marble Look Tile Lead Safe Mama 1

Elara Dolomite Matte Marble Look Porcelain Tile from tilebar: Non-detect for Lead

When tested with an XRF instrument, the tile pictured here had the following readings (metals not listed were not detected, tests were done for a minimum of 60 seconds): Barium (Ba): 191 +/- 78 ppm Zinc (Zn): 9,576 +/- 350 ppm Copper (Cu): 412 +/- 67 ppm Iron (Fe): 1,244 +/- 219 ppm Vanadium (V): […]

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