The Nontoxic House

The Nontoxic House

Kathy Hemenway's home in Snowflake, Ariz. has no paint, carpet or TV. It was built without plywood, particleboard or tar paper. Such is the price she is willing to pay in an effort to create the completely non-toxic home. Born…

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The Indoor Air You Breathe

The Indoor Air You Breathe

Is there a link between air conditioning and asthma? This report in the April 2009 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives suggests there might be. Over a thirty year period, the number of homes with air conditioning went from 15 percent…

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Plants And Indoor Air Quality

Plants and Indoor Air Quality

I stumbled across this interesting video on YouTube in which researcher Kamal Meattle shows how three common houseplants can result in measurably cleaner indoor air. For more information about improving your indoor air quality, see our article, "10 Impacts on…

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Vinyl Flooring Linked To Autism

Vinyl Flooring Linked to Autism

U.S. and Swedish researchers have discovered a surprising link between vinyl flooring and autism in children. In the course of researching allergies and indoor air pollutants, scientists discovered infants and toddlers who "lived in bedrooms with vinyl or PVC flooring…

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Screen Out Your Allergies

Screen Out Your Allergies

As the snow begins to melt and the icicles drip to reveal branches of the tree again, the scene gradually turns into an airborne nightmare of pollen and particulate matter, gusting about the spring air. For those with allergies, this…

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Stinky Paint—I Think Not

Stinky Paint—I Think Not

I have been putting baking soda in my fridge for as long as I have owned a fridge, knowing that it helped eliminate odors. I diligently replace the box every few months to keep the fridge fresh. Last month I…

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11 Hidden Dangers In Your Home

11 Hidden Dangers in Your Home

Here's a handy checklist for maintaining your home's safety from Divine Caroline:1. Radon. A radioactive gas that causes lung cancer. Radon home test can be bought at any home improvement story. Read more about radon. 2. Kitchen sponges. Be sure…

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