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A False Sense of Cleanliness- How Chemical Cleaners & Fragrances Compromise Your Home Air Qualtiy

A False Sense of Cleanliness- How Chemical Cleaners & Fragrances Compromise Your Home Air Qualtiy

There are so many  scented items that are designed to make your home feel clean and smell better. From scented candles, to household cleaners, to air fresheners, thousands of inviting scent combinations exist, with promises of making your home sparkle and smell like a wooded forest, or apple pie bakery to boot. Or a piece of birthday cake. Or fresh rain. Trouble is, those fragrances and cleaners – by and large – contain a ton of chemicals, and more than likely…

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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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7 Easy Ways to Detox Your Indoor Air

7 Easy Ways to Detox Your Indoor Air

Is your home overdue for an indoor air detox? It might be… …if you’ve noticed that the air in your home smells stale every time you walk through the door. …if you’ve started sneezing more or your nose seems to drip constantly. …if you’re experiencing headaches or other adverse health symptoms for no reason. …if an asthmatic member of your household is having frequent attacks. …if you find yourself buying scented sprays and candles to cover odors and staleness. So…

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(Clean Smelling) Home for the Holidays!

(Clean Smelling) Home for the Holidays!

You want your home to smell clean every day of the year. But there’s something about a home during the holiday: maybe it’s the scent of a freshly-baked pie, the soft smoke of a fireplace, or a pine garland on the hearth. Home fragrance companies now offer a huge variety of sprays and candles that can give your home a semblance of that warm, holiday smell…but is it safe? Will it irritate friends and family members who are sensitive to…

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Is Your Home Having a Negative Impact On Your Health?

Is Your Home Having a Negative Impact On Your Health?

Did you know that as many as 6 out of 10 homes and buildings are actually hazardous to human health? The EPA posits that most people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, where air pollution levels are typically two to five times higher than outdoors. The primary contributors to poor indoor air quality are furnishings and building materials, which release hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. Being proactive about what products and chemicals are coming into…

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