Image of a Crockpot-brand slow cooker with a soft-plastic control pad

A notice to all canaries (people with chemical sensitivity): Avoid slow-cookers with soft plastic control control pads unless you are willing to use them in the garage or patio forever.

Note: I only have experience with one brand, but I highly suspect that the others are made with very similar materials.

I’ve used my my Crockpot-brand slow cooker regularly for two years, so I thought it would finally be okay to use it in my kitchen. Wrong! The plastic is still off-gassing! I don’t know what the average consumer would think of the odor, but I doubt they would find it appetizing, even if it didn’t make them ill. So back out in the garage it went to cook my pot roast.

Crockpot and other slow cooker brands make models that are all aluminum and hard plastic. I’m seriously thinking of ditching this one entirely and getting one of those models. I wish Crockpot would give me my money back for this one, considering I have to replace it, but since it cooks just fine, and I’ve been using it for two years (in the garage) I doubt that will happen.

Oh, what the heck. I’ll tag them on Twitter and see what they say!


The Green Dream Bath Project: Grout Testing

September 9, 2014
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This is how I made my final decision to use Tec Accucolor polymer-enhanced unsanded grout. Tec was my front-runner because it contains no biocides, but the company won’t reveal which polymers they use to enhance its cementitious grout. Therefore, a test for canary-safety was necessary.

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The Green Dream Bath Project Begins: Remediation

June 23, 2014
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The Green Dream Bath project is finally off the ground! If you follow the Green Dream Bath board on Pinterest, you’ve seen me pin everything from mosaic tile to drywall mud. Now you can watch it all come together! NOTE: I’m linking to the manufacturers or distributors of the products I use in order to […]

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Swiss Airlines Ditches Air “Fresheners” in their Planes!

April 25, 2014
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NIRVANA! An air-freshener-free airline!

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I LOVE THIS! Best hose EVER!

April 12, 2014
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I am incredibly enthusiastic about this USA-made, super-safe polyurethane garden hose by Water Right. I use hoses daily in the new Green Dream Garden, and finding a hose with absolutely no chemical odor, that imparts absolutely no chemical odor to the water, and is fully safe to use to bathe the dog and even to […]

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Ceramic Art is a Pleasure Wash and Put Away

February 20, 2014
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When you use beautiful bowls and plates from a ceramic artist, washing them is a pleasure. These are by several artists, including Joan Pevarnik and Mike Cramer.

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Tex-Mex Chili with Homemade Beans

February 10, 2014
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This chili was a big hit with my husband. It was inspired by a friend of mine, who posted on Facebook that he was making chili with chorizo. I had just discovered that Sprout’s mild ground chorizo is really delicious, so this recipe was born!

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Fun super-short video of the Green Dreamhome year on Twitter!

January 6, 2014
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A company called Vizify lets you create 30-second video recaps of your year on Twitter. Here’s what the Green Dreamhome year looked like for 2013!

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Winter Solstice 2013

December 21, 2013
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Sealing Out Paint Fumes: The Crack House Effect

October 24, 2013
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Some elements of the Green DreamHome Painting Project 2013 are unique to people with chemical sensitivity, like sealing up all door and window openings so paint fumes can’t get into the house. But some elements are part of any exterior painting job, like masking off all the windows so paint doesn’t get on the glass.

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