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#AskTamara: Which dishes are Lead-Free?

#AskTamara Question (s): Which dishes are Lead-Free? How can I tell if my dishes are Lead-Free? How do I find Lead-Free dishes? Answer: I constantly get this question, and there isn’t one answer that makes everyone happy, but I will share my guidelines here and a few links and places for you to start your inquiry. […]

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Testing water For Lead

#AskTamara: How can I test my water for lead?

#AskTamara Question: How can I test my water for Lead? Answer: There are multiple ways… There are a few different ways you can get your water tested for Lead (Pb). [Please read the caveats below the list after you read the list!] Call your local Health Department (city, state or county). In the wake of […]

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#AskTamara: Is there lead paint on the outside of my “Jervis & George” reusable glass baby food container?

#AskTamara Question: Is there lead paint on the outside of my Jervis & George reusable glass baby food container? Answer: Yes, there may be. I have tested four product samples from this brand (with testing done using an XRF instrument) and all four jars had paint that was positive for high levels of lead. To […]

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Final XRF Test Results Washable Crayola Crayons 2018 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

#AskTamara: Do Crayola Crayons Have Lead? …in 2018?

#AskTamara: Questions: What did you find when you tested Crayola crayons for lead (Pb)?, 2018 Do Crayola crayons have lead? Answers: This summer (August 2018) I tested newly purchased Crayola crayons for lead (they were also tested for arsenic [As], mercury [Hg] and cadmium [Cd]). All testing I do and report here on my website […]

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#AskTamara: Do Glass Dragon Tears Have Lead? (Aka: Squashed Marbles, Glass Drops or Mancala Stones?)

#AskTamara Question: Do dragon tears have lead? Answer: Some do and some do not. Given the nature of the way most colored glass is commonly produced, many dragon tears do have at least some lead, and some have quite high amounts of lead — at levels considered dangerous for children by current/modern regulatory standards. [Even […]

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Crayola Crayons 2017 Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#AskTamara: Are my kids’ crayons toxic? Which brand of crayons is safe? Crayola? Filana? Stockmar? Honey Sticks?

#AskTamara: Question: Are my kids’ crayons toxic? Which brand of crayons is safe? Answer: Yes, it is very possible that one or more crayons in your child’s crayon box contain some detectable level of heavy metals when tested with an XRF instrument. In fact – while I have not tested all brands (I have only tested […]

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MoraKniv Made In Sweden Carbon Steel Knife Trackers Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 2

#AskTamara: What is Carbon Steel? (Morakniv, Made in Sweden Carving Knife)

#AskTamara Q: What is carbon steel? A: The following XRF readings are all of the metals detected when testing the Morakniv “Made In Sweden” knife (pictured here), which is marked “Carbon Steel”. While I have not tested a lot of carbon steel items, these readings are likely typical for carbon steel. Chromium (Cr): 2,094 +/- […]

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Ask Tamara: Do Starbucks Mugs Have High Levels of Lead?

Ask Tamara: Question: “Do Starbucks mugs have high levels of lead in them? What are the safest options for non-toxic coffee mugs?” A. [Simplified Answer!]: YES, many Starbucks Coffee Company branded mugs have high levels of lead in them (as measurable by testing with an XRF instrument). Note: This is not illegal in any way; […]

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Ask Tamara: What personal care products do you use?

Mascara? Eyeliner? Lipstick? Lotion? Toothpaste? Shampoo? Conditioner? Deodorant? Perfume? Soap? So many of my followers have asked me what products I use for personal care products (“…given so many popular brands include toxic ingredients, have questionable quality control and/or ethics… what do YOU use?” – they ask!) My immediate answer is “nothing… on most days I don’t even […]

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