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When I coordinate XRF testing of consumer goods for my friends and followers I ask them to send me a box with one complex item and up to nine simple items. I usually test these ten personal items for people in thanks for their $150 contribution that helps to cover the costs of the XRF […]

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#AskTamara: Are there any modern clear glass dishes that are also lead-free?

#AskTamara Question: Tamara are there any modern clear glass dishes that are also lead-free? A: Yes!  While vintage glassware is often positive for lead, and even some new clear glass products can test positive for trace* amounts of lead, there are several brands of clear glass dishware that I have tested that have been consistently […]

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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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#SaferChoices: Jewelry

Given how much lead there can be in older – and newer – jewelry (both in the metals and in the faux jewels), my recommendation for jewelry has always been to stick with pure solid sterling silver (it should be marked 925 in a stamp somewhere on the item – see inside of ring image […]

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#SaferChoices: Lead-Free Tea Kettles

In response to these posts (tea kettles that have tested positive for things like lead and cadmium) I wanted to share the following! Tea Kettles:  A kettle is something you probably use every day for boiling water.  We do in our house.  As a result it totally makes sense to invest in one that is […]

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#LeadedHousehold: Lead in Hoses

Below is a post I originally wrote and shared in June of 2014.  I’ve slightly updated it for today.  It’s a post I have shared often so I am re-sharing now, so those who are new to my page and my work have the benefit of the information provided.  Thanks for reading, friends! – Tamara […]

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Ask Tamara: My Favorite (#LeadSafe) Blender!

I’ve been asked a million times (it seems) which blenders and appliances I use. It’s an important question – because a lot of the appliances I have tested in my travels have had one or two components test positive for high levels of available lead (on the surface)—and these leaded components sometimes have VERY HIGH […]

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Lead-Free Measuring Cup Choices

My friends, followers and readers have been asking me for this one for a while, so here’s a dedicated post with a few choices for measuring cups that are similar to those in my home or are similar to ones I recommend based on testing I have done for others. Important Note: Many of the […]

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#LeadFree: Handmade Ceramic Mug

Handmade ceramic mug No Lead No Mercury 54 ppm Cadmium Tested with an XRF Instrument by an operator trained & certified in using the instrument. Many handmade modern pieces are low-lead or lead-free!  As your local potter if they use lead in their glazes, some may even be marked as lead-free (look on the bottom […]

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#LeadFree: Irish Coffee Mugs

Lead-Free Handmade Irish Coffee Mugs Tested with an XRF Instrument by an operator trained & certified in using the instrument. Many handmade modern pieces are lead-free!  As your local potter if they use lead in their glazes, some may even be marked as lead-free (look on the bottom of the piece or on the tag […]

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