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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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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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The Real Impact of Poor Indoor Air Quality

The Real Impact of Poor Indoor Air Quality

In many parts of the world, air quality is huge health issue. While a recent article from the Washington Post reports that air pollution rates have fallen in both the United States and Europe, they’ve also (not surprisingly) risen in parts of the world like China, India and the Middle East, where emissions standards aren’t as stringent and populations are soaring. And while air pollution is on the decline here in the US, there are still instances like the recent…

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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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Fall and Winter Create Specific Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Fall and Winter Create Specific Sources of Indoor Air Pollution

Indoor air pollution can be an issue at any time of the year, but colder months tend to bring their own season-specific contaminants to indoor environments. While regional differences certainly should be taken into account (winter in Los Angeles means something entirely different from a winter in Buffalo, NY or Charleston, SC, for example) it’s still worth noting that dramatic shifts in temperature can call for adjustments from most homeowners. In most climates, cooler weather tends to drive people indoors…

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