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CFCCC Resource Guide

MCS - Chemical Sensitivity


(Books, Home Supplies, Organic Foods, Clothing, Products, Safe Travel Lodgings, Services & Information)




“Green This! Volume 1: Greening Your Cleaning,” by Deirdre Imus. Available at


“Naturally Clean: The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe & Healthy, Non-Toxic Cleaning,” by Jeffrey Hollender. Available at


Home Supplies


A list of supplies that help reduce waste and chemicals in your home, by Linda Mason Hunter, as published in Better Homes & Gardens, August, 2007.


1. Paper products. When shopping for paper goods, choose those with the highest “post consumer waste” content you can find, either unbleached or whitened without chlorine;

2. Candles. Replace paraffin candles, which are made from crude oil, with cleaner-burning soy or beeswax ones.

3. Trash bags. Select biodegradable bags or those made with at least 65% recycled content.

4. Light bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs use one-quarter of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last ten times longer.

5. Reusable cloths. Flannel cloths, for dusting or wet cleaning, can be washed and reused.

6. Natural scrubbers. Try cellulose or natural sea sponges instead of plastic ones. Old toothbrushes come in handy for cleaning grout.

7. Cleaning Products

a. Polishing wood: Choose a vegetable-based soap to polish wood floors and furniture, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap;

b. Dish detergent: Choose detergents free of chlorine, phosphates, and synthetic chemicals, such as Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Powder (available at; Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Dish Soap (; Seventh Generation dish & laundry soap.

c. Surface cleaners: Shaklee Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate (

d. Scouring powder: Bon Ami

e. Whiten surfaces: Jason Heather’s Oxygen Bleach Cleanser (

8. Mix your own cleaners:

Basic Ingredients:

a.    Baking Soda. This works best on proteins, grease, and animal messes. Because it’s slightly abrasive, it can be used for scouring, and it’s a natural deodorizer.

b.    Distilled White Vinegar. This mild acid works alkaline substances, dissolving scale, inhibiting mold, and cutting soap scum. It’s terrific for stains such as coffee, rust, and tea.

c.    Castile Soap. Try castile soap, made with olive oil, or a vegetable-based soap. Both attach to soil at the molecular level, so you can rinse dirt away with water.


a.    Soft Scrub: Add enough soap to 1/8 cup baking soda to make a creamy mixture. Apply with sponge to clean; rinse the surface well. Use and discard.

b.    Appliance Cleaner: Dry baking soda shines up small appliances and even removes bread wrappers burned onto the toaster. Try rubbing a teaspoon onto your grubby blender or food processor with a clean flannel cloth.

c.    Toilet Cleaner/Deodorizer: Sprinkle toilet bowl with ¼ cup baking soda. Drizzle with ¼ vinegar, then scour with a toilet brush.

d.    Oven Cleaner: Sprinkle oven with ½ cup baking soda (more if needed) and spray with water. Let sit for several hours or overnight before scraping up stains and spills. Rinse thoroughly with water.

e.    Hardwood Floor Cleaner: In a pail or bucket, mix ¼ cup distilled white vinegar in one gallon warm water. Mop wood or linoleum floors, and then rinse with water, making sure not to leave large pools to dry.


Organic Foods

(also see “Food & Other Sustenance” for other organic food stores)


Angelic Organics

Fresh vegetables grown to strict organic standards delivered to your door.

1547 Rockton Road
Caledonia, IL 61011-9572
Phone: 815-389-2746
Fax: 815-389-31061547 Rockton Road


Whole Foods Market

Organic and natural foods grocery store.

(See complete listing of store locations in “Food & Other Sustenance”)


Wild Oats

Organic and natural foods grocery stores.


1111 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 475-9492


500 E. Ogden Ave.,

Hinsdale, IL, 60521
Ph: 630-986-8500

Fax: 630-986-8588
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 7:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.




Organic clothing & accessories for men & women

Kasper Organics
Van Nuys, CA 91401

Phone: 818-988-3924
Toll Free: 1-866-913-5234 




Allen’s Naturally

Laundry and cleaning supplies chemical and fragrance free

P.O. Box 514

Farmington, MI 48332-0514
Phone: 1-800-352-8971


Allergy Asthma Technology Ltd.

Their product guide features medically tested and approved allergy and asthma prevention products.


8224 Lehigh Avenue

Morton Grove, IL 60053

Ph: 800-621-5545



Allergy Control Products, Inc.


Products that can eliminate allergy‑causing substances.


96 Danbury Road

Ridgefield, CT 06877

Ph: 800-255-3749

fax 203-431-8963




Allergy Research Group

Products & news

Phone: 1-800-545-9960

Aubrey Organics

Natural Hair, Skin, and Body Care
4419 N. Manhattan Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614



The American Environmental Health Foundation

Catalog of environmentally safe products


Blessed Earth

Organic cotton clothing for adults and kids

Allergy, asthma, and health care products.


12611 Hidden Creek Way, Suite E

Cerritos, CA 90703

Ph: 877-374-0344




Non-toxic everything store
110 West Elizabeth
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-326-4474


Elysian Dream

Organic Skincare
13827 39th Dr
Marysville, WA 98271


The Environmental Illness Resource

List of products and reviews


Fisher Henney Naturals

Organic cotton, untreated clothes.



E. L. Foust Co., Inc.

Air purifiers, water filters, HVAC filters, low odor paints, sealers, cleaning supplies, biodegradable oil, face masks, books, videos.

754 Industrial Dr.
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

1-800-353-6878 (US & Canada)


Furnature™ Showroom

Organic furniture, pillows, beds and fabrics

86 Coolidge Avenue
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472

Phone: 1-800-326-4895


Green Living Now™, LLC
Organic and natural product store for humans and pets

PO Box 158
Huntington, VT 05462.

Phone: 1-888-GREEN08 -- 1-888-473-3608

Healthy Green Goods

Eco-friendly, toxin-free products for your home, body & future.

702 Main Street
Evanston, IL 60202



Environmentally safe clothing, linens, and other home furnishings.

198 Route 46

Budd Lake, NJ 07828


fax: 973-691-5459



Gary Lang, Makura Miracle Pillow ™

3032 N Sheri St
Orange, CA 92865

Phone: 714-530-3300


Lifekind Products

Chemical free beds, organic mattresses and bedding. Call to find out about the chemicals in your current mattress.

PO Box 1774
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Ph: 800-284-4983



The Living Source

Personal care, vitamins, building supplies and water filtration with low toxicity levels

Phone: 1-254-776-4878


Naturally Clean

Cleaning service using non-toxic, natural cleaning products. Both residential and commercial cleaning; daily, weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly cleaning services.

2916 North 76th Court
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

Ph: 708-453-6990



Children organic and natural bedding

800-91-PEDIC (800-917-3342)


Natures Paint Store, Inc.

Organic paint

3455 N.E. 12 Terrace # 4

Fort Lauderdale FL 33334

Phone: (954) 630-3001



Uses organic cotton in clothing. Write, call, or use the website to request a catalog.

Patagonia Mail Order
8550 White Fir St.
P.O. Box 32050
Reno, NV 89523-2050

Ph: 800-638-6464

Fax: 800-543-5522



Refreshingly Free

Natural and fragrance free products


Shaklee Independent Distributor

Natural, environmentally friendly nutrition, personal care, and household products

Phone: 1-800-377-0607



Natural and organic personal care products

2650 Old National Pike

Middletown, MD 21769-8817

Phone: 1-301 371-7333


Umugisha, Inc.

HEPA Air Filters
5795 Bellingrath way
Lithonia, GA 30058
Phone: 1-877-733-7359



Safe Travel Lodgings


Hotel Arista

2139 CityGate Lane
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 579-4100
Non-toxic cleaning products, “green” rooms. Call ahead because they do use Tide and Downey in their laundry.


Country Life Bed & Breakfast

A green haven for travelers with environmental sensitivities.  Innkeepers Wendy and Richard Duvall, who are also MCS sufferers, eschew scented laundry and household cleansers for vinegar, baking soda and other natural commodities, and offer guests hypo-allergenic pillows and mattress covers.  67 Tabor Road, Greenwich, NY 12834; (518) 692-9203 


Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport

Now has two Enviro-Rooms available for those with asthma or allergies. Contact below for more information.

O’Hare Intl Airport, PO Box 66414, Chicago, Illinois 60666

Fax: 773-601-2873

(See also the Safer Travel Directory)


Marriot Brand Lodgings are smoke-free as of September, 2007

(including Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott ExecuStay.)

Reservations in the USA & Canada:
888-236-2427 toll-free



Safer Travel Directory

Green Lodging Directory for the Health Conscious and Chemically Sensitive

Site features free housing ads

Order the 2007 - 2008 Safer Travel Directory, pay $17.00 for USA/Canadian destinations and $23.00 for International destinations

Or: Order by check/money order
Send check or money order (US funds only) payable to:
Christie Parkhurst
P.O. Box 848393
Pembroke Pines, FL 33084



Services & Information


Allergen Sampling & Analysis

Luke Curtis

MS in CIH (Certified in Industrial Health)

1328 Greenwood

Wilmette, IL 60091

(847) 256-3562

cell ph: (847) 769-4768

$350 for Mold Test; results back in one week.


American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

85 West Algonquin Road, Suite 550

Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Locate an allergist near you on their website, or call 1-800-842-7777



American Lung Association

Information available on ways to keep indoor air clean and how to build a healthy home.

61 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Ph: 212-315-8700, 800-586-4872




Advanced Foil Systems, Inc.

Provides non-toxic barriers for your home

820 S. Rockefeller Ave

Suite A

Ontario, California 91761

Phone: 1-800-421-5947


Environmental Health Center of the National Safety Council

Conducts a variety of outreach and education activities on air quality issue.

A Division of the National Safety Council
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 1200,

Washington, DC 20036

Ph: 202-293-2270, 800-557-2366

Fax: 202-293-0032



Environmental Health Clearinghouse

Provides substantive information and key documents on a variety of environmental health issues.



Environmental Education and Health Services, Inc.  


Has done research on electric and magnetic fields, among other things.

PO Box 92004

Austin, TX 78709-2004

Ph: 512-288-2369

Fax: 512-288-9538


Generation Green/Center for Environmental Health

Advocate for policies that protect children. Has a recommended reading list for children and tapes with environmental messages, some adult books. Sells books for children, t-shirts, and reusable shopping bags with Generation Green logo.

PO Box 7027

Evanston, IL 60201

Ph: 800-652-0827




Green Building Supply

Natural and non-toxic building materials

508 N. 2nd Street

Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Phone: 1-800-405-0222


The Greener Cleaner

Quality dry-cleaning, naturally. Has pickup and delivery service.

Ph: 773-784-8429

Toll free 888-875-8345.

Delivery service area runs from the South Loop in Chicago to Wilmette. If you live outside our delivery area, please call and we will evaluate expanding our route.



5312 N. Broadway

Chicago, IL

Ph: 773-271-8350


Green Seal

Green Seal is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to safeguarding the environment and transforming the marketplace by promoting the manufacture, purchase, and use of environmentally responsible products and services.

1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Suite 827
Washington, DC 20036-5525

Phone: 202-872-6400
Fax: 202-872-4324



Healthy Building Network

Bill Walsh

National Coordinator

2425 18th Street NW

Washington, DC 200009

Ph: 202-232-4108

Fax: 202-332-0463



Healthy House Institute

Designed to help you improve your home's interior environment, especially its indoor air quality. Articles available on their web site.

430 North Sewell Rd.
Bloomington, IN 47408
Ph/Fax: 812-332-5073



Indoor Environmental Diagnostics

Offers on-site inspection to determine quality of air and presence of toxic chemicals, mold, carbon monoxide, radon, and electromagnetic radiation.


Barbara Bobbitt, Environmental Consultant

393 Duane St. #204

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


630-601-9158 cell



Online newsletter with pertinent MCS stories and research.

Available as PDF or web version.


MCS Housing

This site lists housing info, mostly in the Southwest.

Quail Haven, a planned MCS community 30 miles from Tucson, often has housing for sale. Contact Diane Ensign at 520.825.7273



N.E.E.D.S. (National Ecological and Environmental Delivery System)

Products for chemically sensitive persons.

527 Charles Avenue, Suite 12-A

Syracuse, NY 13209

Ph: 800-634-1380



Vitamins, supplements, health and beauty aids, and domestics.

P.O. Box 580th Avenue

East Syracuse, NY 13057

Ph: 800-634-1380



Pacifica Furniture Co. (formerly Realmuto Furniture Works)

Builds non-toxic furniture from scratch.

2023 W. Carroll Ave Suite C-205
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 685-5503


Swartzhoff Cleaners

600 W. Oakton

Evanston, IL 60602


Solvent used to dry clean clothing is allowed to dry out completely before returning to customer.


Texans for Environmental Health

Austin, TX

(512) 444-5162



(was the Environmental Health League) is a non-profit organization that helps MCS people.


Toxic Free North Carolina

Organization whose goal is to rid North Carolina of pesticide pollution.


Toll-Free in NC: 1-877-NO-SPRAY (1-877-667-7729)