can be overwhelming- there are so many colors and fabrics and styles to choose from! There are also some hazardous chemicals you should watch out for. Did you know that couches can be loaded with flame retardants, forever chemicals, and VOCs πŸ™…β€β™€οΈ? Our newest article has everything you need to know about buying a new (or new to you) couch. Link in bio!
This is a friendly reminder to look for a couch that doesn’t contain flame retardants. Once upon a time, couches were required to have flame retardant chemicals in them because they were thought to help stop/slow fires πŸ”₯ (spoiler: they don’t). But they DO have a lot of negative health impacts. 😬⁠ Luckily, lots of companies are phasing these chemicals out of their couches. Check the item description or product tag before you buy to ensure your new couch is definitely flame retardant free! ⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ ⁠ ⁠
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While they might have stressed washing to avoid the spread of germs, that's only one of the many reasons you should always wash your hands (and get your kids used to religiously wash their hands too). Washing your hands properly - meaning two rounds worth of the Happy Birthday song - with soap and water not only kills any germs that you may have touched, but also helps remove other nasties like bits of dirt, flecks of flame retardants, and specks of dust. Check out our website for a roundup of great non-toxic hand soaps.
So, no matter how annoying it may seem, keep washing those hands and wrangling the kiddos to do the same. .
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And, choosing one that is both comfortable and non-toxic is great way to keep your baby happy and healthy. Here's our roundup of non-toxic crib mattresses to help you set up your perfect nursery. All of them are free of added chemicals like flame-retardants and vinyl. Happy sleeping... no matter how many hours it may be.

They aren't as magical as they sound. Click through to learn why and help protect our fire fighters from dangerous chemicals. Also sending many thanks to all of the firefighters who work to protect us every day.
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