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Are Odors Invading Your Basement?

Are Odors Invading Your Basement?

The Summer season is here , and with it comes a lot of humidity and dampness. For basements, that can mean musty basement odors that are next to impossible to eliminate. Basements also typically don’t have as much ventilation as other parts of a home since many don’t have windows, and the air down there can get stale pretty quickly. It can be tempting to spray some room fragrance into the air and hope for the best. But there are…

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Can Your Laundry be the Culprit of Your Contact Dermatitis?

Can Your Laundry be the Culprit of Your Contact Dermatitis?

Are you prone to get an itchy, red rash on your wrists or limbs or hands or neck?  Maybe that rash leads to blisters that even begin to ooze a bit. You think to yourself, “What in the world?” as your scratch yourself silly. Turns out, it very well could be a condition called contact dermatitis. Here’s the bad news: when you have it, it’s super-irritating and uncomfortable. But here’s the good news: it’s also curable and preventable. Once you…

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Keep Your Home Safe From Health Hazards

Keep Your Home Safe From Health Hazards

For most people, our home is our resting place, a safe haven – the place where life is at its most comfortable. But in 2009, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) revealed research that showed that 67% of US families lived in a home with at least one major health risk. So what constitutes a health risk? The NCHH came up with what they call the Seven Principles of Healthy Homes, which includes keeping homes: Dry Clean Ventilated Contaminant-free…

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Get winter clothes and linens ready for storage with Laundry Pro 2.0!

Get winter clothes and linens ready for storage with Laundry Pro 2.0!

Here’s a trend you may not have heard about: when springtime rolls around, some people gather their winter clothes and linens, take them to the dry cleaner’s for cleaning, and then store them there until the next year! Coats, heavy blankets, scarves, hats and sweaters might all need a good cleaning after a season’s worth of wear, but the dry cleaning process can be costly – not to mention laden with chemicals. We think there’s a more effective, safer and…

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How to Survive Spring Allergy Season

How to Survive Spring Allergy Season

Although some parts of the country have recently been under siege from an early-spring snowstorm,  spring has sprung in many parts of the US, and people are beginning to feel the effects of the oncoming spring allergy season. Pollen levels are already wreaking havoc for many, and they’re only expected to get worse. You might know the symptoms well: that throbbing headache, itchy, watery eyes and runny nose are all signs that your allergies are about to go haywire. The good news is,…

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5 Tips on How to Improve Your Home’s Ventilation

5 Tips on How to Improve Your Home’s Ventilation

The term ventilation refers to the exchange of indoor and outdoor air. According to the EPA, “without proper ventilation, an otherwise insulated and airtight house will seal in harmful pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, and moisture that can damage a house.”[1] If you’ve got a stove or fireplace, gases from these appliances can build up to hazardous levels in a poorly ventilated home. This also is true for excess moisture and humidity. Whether you live in an area prone to high…

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