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5 Surprising Germ Hot Spots in Your Home

5 Surprising Germ Hot Spots in Your Home

If someone asked you what the dirtiest things in your home were, you’d probably rattle off the usual suspects: toilet seat, sponges, garbage disposal, your keyboard. And you’d be right – each of those items is known for playing host to an (un)healthy share of germs. And more than likely, you guard yourself against any contact from those germs, too: after all, you wouldn’t reach into your garbage disposal, and most people wash their hands after using the restroom. (We…

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Controlling Allergies From Home

Controlling Allergies From Home

Simply avoiding the outdoors is something a lot of people might do to lessen the impact of their seasonal allergies. After all, that’s why weather stations issue local allergy counts and advisories – so you can be more strategic about outdoor activities. But what about the allergies that spike because of what’s in your home? The EPA has posited that indoor pollutant levels can be up to 100 times worse than outdoor levels when it comes to air quality. Modern homes are built better…

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Sticking Power: Scientists Discover E.coli Can Actually Lurk On Surfaces For Days

Sticking Power: Scientists Discover E.coli Can Actually Lurk On Surfaces For Days

Most of us don’t want to think too much about what all we could be exposed to on a daily basis, especially when it comes to the super-scary contaminant king E.coli. But it’s everywhere – on transportation, at schools, and even in the sanctuary of our own (seemingly clean) home. In truly disturbing news, two researchers recently discovered that certain pathogens – of which E.coli is one – can linger on airplane surfaces for days.[1] Considering the number of people…

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How Chemical Cleaners & Artificial Fragrances Compromise Your Indoor Air Quality

How Chemical Cleaners & Artificial Fragrances Compromise Your Indoor Air Quality

There’s no shortage of scented items that are designed to make your home be clean and smell better. From candles to household cleaners to air fresheners, thousands of delicious-sounding scent combinations exist, with promises of making your home sparkle and smell like a wooded forest to boot. Or a pumpkin pie. Or fresh rain. Trouble is, those fragrances and cleaners – by and large – contain a ton of chemicals, and more than likely a questionable ingredients that, at worst, could make…

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Pillows & Allergies: Are You Sleeping With The Enemy?

Pillows & Allergies: Are You Sleeping With The Enemy?

If you’re plagued by a chronically runny nose, sniffles or watery eyes, there’s a good chance you have allergies. The question is: what kind of allergies? While a trip to an allergist might be in order, there are proactive steps you can take to reduce allergens in your home. One of the best places to start is with a household staple you get up close and person with on a daily basis: your pillow. Think about it: for 8 hours…

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The Trouble With Antibacterial Everything

The Trouble With Antibacterial Everything

Quite a few trends in recent years can be summed up as, “If a little bit is good, then a whole lot must be better!” One of the most prevalent examples of this line of thinking can be seen in the cleaning community. From wipes to sprays to soaps to solutions, it seems like more and more things are made to be at the pinnacle of germ-fighting. Nowhere is this more obvious than with antibacterial items. Even as few as…

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