The Best Inexpensive Filters For Removing Fluoride

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In A Nutshell The best way to remove fluoride from tap water is to use a filter containing Brimac (or bone char). Another good alternative is to use a filter containing activated alumina. The Details Fluoride is difficult to remove from water. Filters by Brita or Pur use activated carbon, which does not remove any fluoride. The filtration methods listed below are only methods recommended by the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) and the WQA (Water Quality Association) for … [Read more...]

The Most Durable Glassware and Dinnerware

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This is one of our “Buy It For Life” posts were we feature products that are built to last a lifetime. Duralex Picardie Tumblers Duralex has been manufacturing tempered glassware in France since 1929. Their Picardie Tumblers are known for lasting decades -- they will bounce several times when dropped on the floor and survive without a crack. The tumblers can also withstand a sudden thermal shock -- the temperate glass can go from -4° F to 212° F without breaking. This means they can be … [Read more...]

The Best Non-Toxic Bedding For 2013

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We spend about one third of our lives in bed -- it's a time when our body regenerates itself. We release about 3 liters of water while we sleep, and our bodies go through cycles of cooling down and heating up. We also absorb substances through our skin and through our lungs. Thus, keeping one's bed toxin-free is optimal. My recommended material for mattress and pillows is -- natural latex (from the rubber tree). Latex is a yielding but highly resilient material. Latex mattresses do not … [Read more...]

The Warmest Socks, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Base Layers, Mid-Layers and Blankets

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I've been researching the warmest animal fiber products available (click here to jump straight to the product list). During my research, the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook was very helpful. I've compiled a short list of the warmest fibers: Qiviut (Musk Ox Down) Qiviut (pronounced "kiv-ee-ute") is the name for the downy hair of the musk ox. It is the warmest fiber in the world -- about eight times as warm as sheep's wool. Musk oxen live in Alaska and Canada where temperatures sometimes drop to … [Read more...]

Binchotan Charcoal: An Inexpensive Way To Mineralize and Filter Water

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In A Nutshell White charcoal or Binchō-tan is a charcoal that loves adsorbing things. Binchotan, which has been produced in Japan for centuries, naturally adsorbs toxins such as chlorine, lead, mercury, cadmium and copper from tap water. It also releases good things in the water -- like calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphates. There is some laboratory test data on this page. However, I did find that it will only adsorb some fluoride from water, and it does not completely remove fluoride. … [Read more...]

The Most Durable Household Products 2013

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Here is list of recommended household items that I have yet to fully review: General Household: Vacuum Cleaner: Oreck XL 2000 Extended Life Lifespan or Oreck Commercial 2100RHS 8 Pound Commercial Upright Vacuum Indoor LED Light Bulb: Philips 60W Equivalent Very Warm LED Bulb: Pharox Flame LED Outdoor Bug Lights: Miracle LED 605023 Bug Lite Bulb Ozonator: Aqua-6 Ozone Generator Ozonator Water Air Oil Purifier Rechargeable AA & AAA Batteries: Eneloops or Eneloop Pro 9V … [Read more...]

The Best Shower Filter Of 2014

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In A Nutshell Overall, the best option is to get a whole house filter, if your budget allows it. A whole house filter costs $600-$1200 plus installation. If you want to remove both chloramines and chlorine from your shower, I recommend getting a handheld version of the Sonaki showerhead. If you don't want a handheld showerhead, your best option is to get a Vitashower SF-1. The quality of this filter isn't great, but it is currently the only in-line chloramine-removing filter … [Read more...]

The Best Bath Filters

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In A Nutshell For filtering your bathwater these are the best bath filters: For filter impurities -- use a two-step bath filter like the Crystal Quest Bath Filter For neutralizing chlorine and chloramines -- add Vitamin C tablets or Vitamin C powder directly to your bathwater The Details Typically, 60% of the chlorine that most people absorb daily comes from showering or bathing in chlorinated water. Chlorine damages your hair and skin  -- you can read about the hazards of showering … [Read more...]

A List Of Goods Still Made In The USA

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Here's a list of well-designed products still made in the United States. I focus mostly on mainstream goods, rather than specialized products. If only certain products are US-made, you'll see a "(only selected products)" note. Jeans AG Jeans — Los Angeles, California — jeans (only selected products) American Gusset - Bon Aqua, Tennessee Baldwin Denim — Kansas City, Missouri —  jeans Crate — Los Angeles, California — denim, outerwear Earnest Sewn — New York, New York —  jeans (on … [Read more...]

20 Highly Rated Home Goods Made In The U.S.A.

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Very few products are still made in the U.S., but we managed to track down some American-made products that get high ratings from buyers.   KitchenAid Artisan Mixers Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (from 2037+ reviewers) Since 1919, KitchenAid classic mixer have been assembled by hand in Greenville, Ohio. The KitchenAid mixer is one of a few consumer appliances trademarked specifically for its unique shape! Buy on Amazon for about $267.   Lodge Logic Skillet Average … [Read more...]