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Maple Landmark Mancala Stones Made In Vermont Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama 1

#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?

#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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Does Your Instant Pot Have Lead Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#AskTamara: Does Your Instant Pot Have Lead? XRF Test Results For A 6-Quart Instant Pot Purchased In July 2018 from Amazon.

#AskTamara: Does your Instant Pot have lead? More important: When you unpacked your Instant Pot, did you read each and every warning label and wonder why it was there? The short answer to the first question is (unfortunately): “Yes! The 2018 Instant Pot has at least two components that test positive for lead when 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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Water Right Hose Female End Stainless Steel Lead Free Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#AskTamara: What is stainless steel?

Ask Tamara Question: What is stainless steel? Answer: There are actually multiple answers to that question — as there are a lot of different grades of stainless steel. One of the most common grades of stainless steel (for household uses including cookware/ kitchen items) is “304”. When something reads as “304 Stainless” (with the XRF), […]

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Walmart Jelly Shoes Do Not Have Lead Shareable Graphic Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama

#AskTamara: Sharable Graphic For Walmart Jelly Shoes

#AsKTamara: Do Walmart jelly shoes for toddlers have lead? Are jelly shoes sold at Walmart responsible for my child’s lead poisoning? For folks who want a graphic to easily share about the concern for lead with Walmart Jelly shoes for toddlers (a graphic you can share on Facebook or Twitter) we created this info-graphic. You […]

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Four Glass Lamp Shades Home Depot Tamara Rubin Lead Safe Mama Toxicity Concerns In Glass

#AskTamara: Guess Which of These Four White Glass Lamp Shades Has Lead and How Much!

Please take a look at the four white glass lamp shades below and guess which ones have lead and at what levels!  [This is a great “game” to play with your “newly lead-woke” friends!, Answers are posted below the final image.] Click here for more examples of lamps I have tested. Click here for more […]

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