How Building Materials Can Aggravate Asthma

How Building Materials Can Aggravate Asthma

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, people spend 90% of their time indoors, where air pollution levels can be 2 to 5 times more polluted, and in some cases 100 times more polluted, than outdoor air. Most of our exposure to environmental pollutants occurs by breathing the air indoors. These pollutants can trigger allergies, asthma, and other respiratory problems in many people and they come from activities, products, and materials we use every day. Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a significant…

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Candles and Synthetic Fragrances: More Harm Than Good

Candles and Synthetic Fragrances: More Harm Than Good

Scented candles are everywhere. They’re becoming more ubiquitous in stores both for sale and, in smaller boutiques, to create an atmosphere that’s welcoming for shoppers. They’re a popular go-to for gifts, especially for people deemed “hard to shop for”, because who doesn’t love a fragrant candle? You’ll see them in spas, travel accommodations, dorm rooms, homes, parties and work settings. They create warmth and ambiance, and if a space smells a little stale or funky, a scented candle is the first thing a…

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The Risks Air Pollution Poses for New Moms and Pregnant Women

The Risks Air Pollution Poses for New Moms and Pregnant Women

If you’re a pregnant mom or know someone who is, you understand the worry over things that can affect your health and the health of your unborn baby. It’s smart to take proactive steps to better your health by eating right, taking pre-natal vitamins, attending regularly scheduled doctor visits, and making your best efforts to get rest and sleep. But have you ever stopped to think there’s something that you can be exposed to 24 hours a day, 7 days…

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Freshen Up The Air In Your Small Space!

Freshen Up The Air In Your Small Space!

Whether your entire home is a small space (the concept of tiny homes continues to grow in popularity) or you have that one room inside your normal-sized home that always feels like walking into Stink City, it can be a challenge to keep small spaces smelling – and feeling – fresh. If you’ve got an area of your house where it’s easier to just close the door than deal with the odor, it’s time to find a better solution! First you’ll want…

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Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Off-Gassing: Common Sources That Could Be Polluting Your Home

Even if you haven’t heard the term “off-gassing” there’s probably a good chance you’ve felt its effects. If you love that “new car smell” but find it gives you a massive headache, then you might’ve experienced off-gassing. If your eyes started to water when you walked into a department store or home improvement store, that too could be from off-gassing. If you just installed new cabinetry or carpet and can’t help but notice how much your nose is running, or…

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11 Smart Tips for Battling Spring Allergies

11 Smart Tips for Battling Spring Allergies

Everyone with spring allergies knows there are two types of greenery: the first few blooms of nature’s most beautiful season…and the blanket of pollen that shortly follows. For allergy and asthma suffers, that omnipresent covering of pollen is tough to avoid, even if you don’t venture outdoors. Somehow, it manages to work its way into your home, car, and workplace, creating a havoc that results in a mountain of crumpled tissues and eyes that water for days. Short of cocooning yourself in…

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