I think I have a love for testing things for lead and other heavy metals. When the opportunity arises I just can’t not. When Tamara Rubin with MisLead first came to my house several years ago to test I was shocked at how much lead was in my home and the products I used. Since then I have revamped my standards and products I buy. I trust certain companies after testing several times and emailing with them. Each time I buy a new product I research and reach out to the companies. The drawback to this is sometimes the buying process is slow. The benefit to this is that I do not impulse buy ever. Here is the complete list of the 120 items or so that I tested. Each test was performed by using a XRF with a 30 second reading. I have follow up posts that will give recommendations on brands that I recommend after doing this and several other rounds of testing. I tested about a year ago as well but have not posted those results. Most items I tested at that time were things specific to my house (tiles, fixtures, door knobs, etc).
All values I give are in parts per million (ppm). If I give a range of levels like 32-41 that means it was tested twice and those were the readings. Safe levels of lead are zero in my opinion. Toys have to be under 90ppm lead. Keep that in mind when looking at levels. Cadmium is the very under discussed but toxic metal.
Also to note, most all of these items were new when tested. I tested a few items from my house and I will note which items those were (i.e. not new).
What is lead? It’s a neurotoxic that causes brain damage. It is especially dangerous for young kids but also affects adults. There is no safe level of lead in my opinion. The level considered safe in toys is 90ppm.
What is cadmium? It a toxic metal that is linked to dermatitis, heart disease and cancer to name a few. 40ppm is the threshold for cadmium in consumer products.
Also to note, this does not tell us if it leaches from a product. Only that it is in the product. I’m going to start doing to leach testing research to see how concerned we should be about cadmium in shoes for example. See the end of my post for more information on how concerned you should be.
I had some SHOCKERS in here. I also was happy about a lot of the results.
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See below for my full list. I took pictures AFTER testing and it starting raining on me so the pictures are marginal at best. I had hopes to have pictures during testing but it wasn’t possible with how busy they were.
- Visions Cookware – free of lead, cadmium and any other metals. Old Vision cookware is NOT free of all heavy metals. Only buy new, don’t use the old.
- DeMinerals Pan – inside the pan 131ppm lead +/- 76, 20ppm cadmium +/- 6 in handle. We were shocked by this result. LEAD inside the pan. No lead in the handle though. Possibly the lead is in the coating that is on the inside of the pan or possibility the pan is made of a different material than the handle.
- Le Creuset Red – no lead inside or outside, cadmium 13,700 – 18,900ppm +/- 1,400-1,500 on the outside and 27- 49ppm +/-13 on the inside. I talked with Tamara after we tested to see if the XRF could be pulling cadmium numbers from the outside of the pan on the inside – she said no, it did not have the strength to pull through hard material like this. Wood and other items it can but not cast iron. I have multiple LC pieces that are lead and cadmium free on the inside. To note, Tamara does not think that leaching does happen but does not like LC due to their use of toxic chemicals even if they leach or not. See my cookware post to find out more about which LC are suppose to be heavy metal free!
- Le Creuset Marseilles blue – outside 76ppm lead, 27ppm cadmium, no other metals, inside no lead or cadmium
- Le Creuset Dune – outside no lead, 25ppm cadmium, inside no lead or cadmium.
- Le Creuset Caribbean – ouside 81ppm lead, 24ppm cadmium, inside no lead, 26ppm cadmium
- Finex cast iron – inside the pan 99.3% iron, no lead, no cadmium. Stainless handle no lead, cadmium or any other metals. Brass knob 33,900ppm lead, no cadmium. This was a big surprise for me. I contacted them a year before buying about their brass. I asked if it was lead free because often times brass has lead. They said yes after asking their manufacturer. Everything was lead free. This brass knob kept me from buying for a year. I saw them at a local store and decided to go for it. I love their pan. I am SO disappointed. I’ve emailed them the results, let them know my disappointment, and asked them to replace with a lead free knob. They responded and will be getting back to me. If you own this pan, I understand your concern but please don’t contact them about it until I get some answers from them. Bombarding them will not help us get a solution any quicker. I will keep everyone updated. It seems like they are equally as concerned.
- Calphalon Stainless Steel pot – no lead, cadmium or any other metals on pot or handle
Insulated Water Bottles:
- Klean Kanteen insulated stainless water bottle – 304 Stainless Steel, no lead or cadmium
- Yeti Insulated Stainless Mug – no lead or cadmium
- Weck – 139pp +/- 32 lead, no cadmium. This is the third time I’ve tested Weck over the last several years. They all have been positive in the 139-150ppm range. I no longer use Weck which is a huge disappointment because an all glass food storage and canning jar would be amazing.
- Le Parfait glass jar – 101ppm lead, 9ppm +/- 6 cadmium
- Ball Mason jelly jar – no lead, cadmium or any other metals in the glass or lid. See my Non-Toxic Dishes Post here.
Popsicle Molds (items we owned and were not new):
- Onyx Stainless circle popsicle mold – no lead or cadmium
- Onyx Stainless square possible mold – no lead or cadmium
- Anchor Hocking True Seal Glass Storage with green lid. Glass was clean, no toxins. The green part of the lid had 11ppm +/- 5 of cadmium. This is a low level but when coming into contact with food it is not. This was disappointing to me.
- Glass Lock (tested by a reader). I own these and talked with her after finding cadmium in the lid of the Anchor Hocking. The glass and lid are lead and cadmium free.
Dishes & Utensils (items we owned and were not new):
- Anchor Hocking new presence bowl – no lead or cadmium. See my Non-Toxic Dishes Post here.
- Henckels knife – 430/40 Stainless Steel – no lead or cadmium
- Klean Kanteen Stainless cup – no lead or cadmium. We’ve owned these for year. I’m a fan of glass now but we still use these occasionally.
- Stainless tongs – no brand listed – no lead or cadmium
- Dansk child’s stainless steel spoon – no lead or cadmium. This wasn’t mine, I was testing for a friend.
- Anchor Hocking glass measuring cup – no lead or cadmium
- Anchor Hocking large glass measuring cup – no lead or cadmium
- Colander – this was not new and there is no brand listed – no lead or cadmium
- Mesh Strainer (working on getting brand name) – no lead or cadmium
- LunchBots blue lid (for stainless food container) – this was not new – no lead or cadmium
- Ecojarz stainless mason jar lid – no lead or cadmium
Kid’s Shoes: I will have a kids shoe post up within days. It will have pictures and each style I tested. I will also compile all testing on shoes that I have done over the last 3+ years and let you know the brands that I fully trust. Stay tuned!
- Keens – brown boots with fur. No lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Boggs boots – no lead but cadmium in the 23-24ppm range +/- 8-9
- Agile Red Rain boots – 46ppm lead +/- 17, Cadmium 28ppm lead +/- 9
- See Kai Run Blue Shoes – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Keens Grey, black and red shoe – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- See Kai Run Black and Red shoe – no lead, 18ppm +/- 7 cadmium, no other metals
- Umi blue shoe – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Bobux shoe – no lead, cadmium or any other metals. This is interesting to note. Previously I had tested two of their shoes and had lead on the sole for both pairs. Bobox didn’t offer testing or take responsibility. They claimed we must have stepped in lead dust. However, we had other shoes that had zero lead so I never believed that to be true. I wish I had tested two pairs of their shoes this round. Maybe they found their issue and fixed it. I see this as a positive but I am also not 100% sold.
- Converse – tested the sole, uppers and grommets. The sole had 14ppm of cadmium. Everything else was clean.
- Stonz purple rain boot – no lead, cadmium 21 +/- 17, no other metals
- Hunter yellow rain boots – no lead, cadmium 32 +/- 7
- Hatley anchor rain boots – lead 21ppm +/- 13, cadmium 12 +/- 7. The sole had 12ppm of lead +/- 7
Kid’s toys: to note, no safe level of lead or cadmium in toys. You want ZERO for both. Please see my Toys Post here.
- Caaocho Mele the Sea Turtle – no lead, cadmium 29ppm +/- 9
- Caaocho Sensory Ball – no lead, 24-30ppm cadmium
- Crocodile Creek Red Ball with dogs – no lead, cadmium 33ppm
- Crocodile Creek green ball – no lead, cadmium 24ppm +/- 9
- Hatley Umbrella – no lead, cadmium or other heavy metals. I haven’t vetted the waterproofing they use on this yet.
- Honeystick crayons – the purple crayon had 21ppm of cadmium. It was advised that since a child could potentially put this in their mouth and chew that we don’t use this crayon. All other colors were clean of any metals (pink, green, white, brown, red, yellow, dark blue, dark green, blue and tan)
- Filana crayons (these were our crayons that had been used) – red, yellow, black, green – no lead, cadmium or any other metals. At some point I’ll test all colors but it’s just what at I had available at time of testing.
- WeeCan Too green square crayon – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Haba Nail Game – made in China – tested the nails, cork, hammer, green, yellow, red and blue pieces – all were free of any heavy metals. I’m not promoting or advocating for toys made in China. Quality control issues still exist there. I just wanted to test one toy from Haba made in China & one made in Germany.
- Haba clutching toy – made in Germany – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Veggie Sidewalk Chalk – all colors were free of all heavy metals including lead and cadmium. Tamara had tested these before and she said they have always come up clean.
- Hevea Rubber Bath toy – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Grimms small rainbow stacker (not every color tested) – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Grimms blue boat with people inside – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Ostheimer figures:
- Brown pig – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Chicken – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Cat – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Mushroom – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Dog – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- An old basketball from when I was a kid – lead 49-67ppm +/-22-24, 22ppm +/- 10 cadmium, no other metals
- Cone (soccer cone our neighbor brought over for my kids) – 58ppm +/- 16 lead, no other metals. I was suspect of this cone, turns out my gut was right. I am returning the cones to our neighbors.
- Kid’s guitar from China (one of the 2 toys from China in our house). I’ve been suspect of this guitar since day one. It was gifted to my child by someone we see often and my son LOVES it. It broke earlier this year and I saved it to test one day. The base of the guitar was fine. The knobs which hold the strings in place had 28,000ppm lead and 1,032 ppm cadmium. In the metal on the handle there was 236ppm +/- 32 mercury. Going to start trusting my gut and getting rid of toys that I don’t feel right about.
- New kid’s ukulele – I bought the last one that I had been eyeing for a year. It’s made in the USA by a company that went out of business. It was totally lead and heavy metal free.
- Old leather soccer ball (by old I mean prob 75 years old) – 79-86ppm lead, no other metals. This was my grandfathers soccer ball. It’s old leather ball that I use to have my son play with in our house. I thought it was better than the toxic version today (and before I found my non-toxic soccer balls). Vintage / antiques and children do not mix. This hasn’t been used in at least a year and I’m not bringing it back out.
- Rock climbing wall steps from our Cedar Works playlet – no lead, cadmium or any other metals. Very happy about this one!
- Wooden top – no lead or cadmium
- Wooden top with dice – no lead, cadmium 27ppm
- Boggs – toe had no lead but 20 +/- cadmium and no other metals, the leg had 36ppm lead +/- 18, 28 +/- cadmium and no other metals, the grommets were copper & zinc, the sole had 19ppm lead +/- 10. I tested Boggs previously and they had lead at higher levels. At the time I reached out to the company. They then shared with me a spreadsheet that showed their testing. Some were completely lead free. Others had decently high levels of lead (in the 200ppm range). They offered to send me a free pair of LEAD FREE Boggs but I declined because how could I make a purchasing decision about Boggs in the future. It seems like there are some that still have lead and others that don’t. It’s not a gamble that I am willing to take. We avoid Boggs.
- Hunter black rain boots – 24 +/- 8 cadmium on the leg. The leg, logo, grommet, and buckle were all lead, cadmium and other metal free.
- Cliff Dweller leather shoe – no lead, cadmium or any other metals. These are really expensive shoes. I only have this pair but wanted to test them because of the price tag!
- Feel Goodz Flip Flop – on the logo lead was 189ppm, on the flip flop material no lead, cadmium was 17 +/- 7. I will be contacting them about the logo. Seriously disappointing. I didn’t test my son’s flip flops but now wish I did. A reader of this blog tested her flip flops and there was no lead on the logo. Our logos are different. See below to see the difference in the logos.
- Penn Tennis Ball – no lead, cadmium or other heavy metals. I still don’t consider this non-toxic but at least I won’t stress when my kid picks one up occasionally.
- Mountain Valley Spring Water in green glass – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Mountain Valley Spring Water Sparkling in green glass – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Water Right 500 series hose – the hose and stainless metal spout were both lead, cadmium and other metal free.
- Brass hinge on our kitchen cupboards – 950ppm lead. Changing these out pronto!
- IKEA screw – 213ppm mercury, no other metals
- Dice – no lead, 32 +/- cadmium in one spot. In another no cadmium.
- Environmental Lights Christmas Lights – no lead, cadmium or any other metals. I was very happy to confirm their lead free claims.
- Golf ball – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Ancient Minerals Magnesium bath flakes – no lead, cadmium or any other metals. Interesting to note, no magnesium was detected either. I’m not an expert on the XRF so I don’t know if since it is magnesium sulphate if it would detect that or not.
- Dr. Teals Epsom Salt – no lead, cadmium 14 +/- 5, no other metals
- Bentonite clay – lead 46ppm +/- 14. Cadmium 14ppm. No other metals. This one is HUGE. People ingest bentonite clay for detoxing, toothpaste, etc. It’s used widely on the body and come in a powdery / dusty form. You have to mix with water for it to become a paste. Consuming lead at 46ppm is a VERY BAD IDEA. This is toxic. There are lots of natural people out there promoting bentonite clay. My advice STEER CLEAR OF ANYTHING WITH BENTONITE CLAY. I’ll have a more detailed post up later about this.
Door Knobs: I had a doorknob in my house test for 27,000ppm lead. This has lead me on a search for a lead free doorknob. I was happy to find some options! These results are specific to each knob, this does NOT mean that each knob by this company is lead free. Please see my post on Door Knobs (which will be coming very, very soon!) for more detailed info.
- Karsher – Stainless Steel – no lead or cadmium
- Inox – claim to be Stainless Steel – lead around 350ppm (tested previously about a year ago)
- Valli & Valli – ranged from 933 to 10,300ppm lead
- Emtek – 3,351 to 27,500ppm lead
- Omnia – Stainless Steel – no lead or cadmium
- Amerock pull knob – no lead or cadmium
- Top Knobs – no lead or cadmium
- Baldwin, Schlague, Kwikset, Defiant nickel – no lead or cadmium
- Liberty hinges – no lead, cadmium or any other metals
- Pottery Barn Chandelier (purchased in 2012 or 2013) – no lead, cadmium or other metals in the crystal drops or the frame (the frame was 95% iron and the rest zinc). This was SO surprising. I emailed pottery barn about this chandiler and they told me not only did the crystals have lead but the entire thing including the metal frame had lead.
- House key, car key & post office box key all had 5,000 – 8,000ppm lead. Never let your kids play with your keys, wash your hands after touching your keys, and keep them in a place to limit contact with other items!
Restoration Hardware: I got approval from my local store to go in and test a few things. I was really interested in some lighting they had in their 1920’s Odeon Lighting Collection. They claimed that it was lead free through our 20 or so emails. I wanted verification – which I got – woo hoo for lead free lighting! We also tested a few other items as well. A random faucet we tested, a dresser, a dining room table, and a coffee table were all lead free (and cadmium free too). A dining room table centerpiece tested at 15,900ppm of lead!
How concerned should you be by this information? I aim for lead free because I do not think the risks are worth it. Especially when their are lead free alternatives that I share on my blog. Take my kid’s guitar, it was well above the safe limits for lead & cadmium (and mercury!) but it is sold and marketed as a child’s product. This should absolutely not be happening but it does happen all the time. This is why I continue to test and continue to offer safe products. You can decide for you if you want a zero tolerance policy or if you want to just use products that are below the recommended levels set by our government. It’s also worth noting that just because it is there doesn’t mean it leaches. It can, and does, leach from some products but not all. This is how I prioritize, if you have a lead paint issue or live in an older home you should strongly consider hiring someone to test your house so you know exactly where your risks are. If you are going to do a remodel, in a newer house or older house, you should have someone come test the ideas you are going to remodel. Lead in tiles is totally unregulated in this country. You could be removing tile that has lead creating a huge lead dust issue. I’ve tested at least a dozen different tiles, new and old, and some has lead and some doesn’t. After that, I focus on my kid’s product and product’s in my kitchen. I’m less concerned if my rain boots have lead on the bottom of the rubber and more concerned if my kid’s toys have lead in them. Hope this helps with some perspective!
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