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How to Peel Permanent Marker Off Glass

Permanent markers are advertised as being impossible to erase, and in many instances they are. But if you’ve got some unwanted marker on glass, Science News reports that plain water and a lot of patience can get that ink to literally peel off. In an intriguing article, researchers explain this is possible because of the way the water’s surface tension breaks the seal between ink and glass. The technique holds promise for learning how to clean other things without harsh chemicals, researchers said.

If there is a way to clean something without toxic chemicals, then I’m all for supporting it. In fact, I recently addressed the health problems that cleaning products cause in an article featuring a documentary called "Stink!" The idea for the film came to its director, Jon Whelan, when he tried to track down the source of a strong chemical odor that wafted off new pajamas he'd purchased for his two young daughters.

Whelan’s research revealed that not only are U.S. manufacturers of baby-care, household and personal care products not required to fully disclose toxic ingredients, even if those ingredients could be hazardous to your health, but that U.S. trade organizations spend hundreds of millions of dollars annually to aggressively back manufacturers in a joint effort to conceal toxic ingredients.

If you need help identifying toxic ingredients you should avoid, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list. It includes anything with fragrances, rentinyl palmitate, triclocarbon or tricolsan, parabens, formalin and toluene, to name a few.

If you like scents, avoiding toxic fragrances does not mean you must forgo all pleasant scents in your home or personal care products, because truly natural options are available. Organic essential oils are one option, and you can even add them to your own non-fragranced products, such as facial moisturizers or hand lotion. Organic essential oils and isolates come from botanical ingredients such as bark, flowers, fruits, leaves, seeds, wood and other 100 percent natural raw materials.
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