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Mold’s Impact on Your Health and Home

Mold’s Impact on Your Health and Home

Mold has long been regarded as a less-than-desirable formation that most homeowners could do without. And although it falls into the very definition of being organic, mold has the potential to be very damaging to the health and wellness of humans and pets. And the presence of mold in an indoor space can pack a very unhealthy punch, especially for those with existing respiratory challenges like allergies, asthma or COPD. According to National Capital Poison Center, mold is a “non-scientific term for…

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How Dust Affects Your Health

How Dust Affects Your Health

Depending on your health concerns, the amount of dust in your household may or may not have you overly worried. Of course, people who suffer from severe allergies or asthma – or have family members who do – are probably the most likely to take whatever steps are necessary to keep their homes as clean as possible. And those who pride themselves on maintaining a spotless home might go into cleaning warrior mode where, armed with a cloth and furniture…

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The Germs on Your Hands…and Your Home’s Surfaces

The Germs on Your Hands…and Your Home’s Surfaces

As reported by The Today Show, a mom posted a picture of her child’s handprint online, and the seemingly innocuous idea created quite a stir. It wasn’t just any handprint; the mom, who is also a microbiology lab tech, actually took a culture of her child’s hand in a petri dish after he’d been outside playing. The result was a tangible – if not disturbing – reminder of the germs that are likely to be on our hands at any given…

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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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The Real Cost of Air Pollution

The Real Cost of Air Pollution

According to one study, the impact that air quality can have on a populace is, quite literally, a matter of life and death. A report issued in 2015 by scientists from Kings College London combined the effects of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), and looked at the total impact it had on the health of London’s residents in 2010. What they found was staggering. These scientists asserted that nearly 10,000 people died in a year as a result…

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Pets & Guests: 5 Steps to Allergy-Free Harmony

Pets & Guests: 5 Steps to Allergy-Free Harmony

Let’s face it – pets aren’t just pets, they’re family. For those of us with four-legged fur friends, we’ve come to accept all the lovable pitfalls that can come with being human companions: errant bits of pet hair, the occasional accident, and any fun things they can track in, like dirt, leaves or (and this is for you cat lovers) the occasional dead lizard. But what do you do if you’re having guests over…and they’re – gasp! – allergic to…

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