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How to Control Mold Growth at Home

Mold growth may be the last thing on your mind when you think of threats to your health and your home. However, inhaling or touching household molds - whether its the black spots on your shower curtain or white patches on the basement floor - can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs.

control mold growth at home

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), mold is everywhere. It can enter the home through open doors, vents, windows and other systems. Mold outside can also enter the home by attaching onto clothing, shoes, bags and pets.

While it is impossible to prevent mold exposure, there are a lot of ways to control its growth. One important thing to note is that mold needs moisture, food and warmth to flourish.  That’s why you can see it accumulating around leaks in roofs or pipes or where there has been flooding. It also grows well on organic products such as paper, cardboard or wood. It also thrive in paints, dust, fabric and furniture. 

To control mold growth inside the home, follow these tips:

 

Eliminate moisture sources

  • Check for leaks around pipes, sinks, air conditioning units, refrigerators and other sources of water, especially in the basement. Have them repaired if necessary. 
  • Empty and clean refrigerator drip pans promptly.
  • Avoid leaving damp clothes in the laundry basket. Wash and dry them promptly.
  • Do not carpet bathrooms.
  • Most mold need 24-48 hours of moisture to begin to grow. Make sure to dry wet areas within the day to prevent mold growth.

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3 Summertime Water Saving Tips

Much of the country needs more water right now.  Everyone knows about the California drought, but other spots of the US are in need of water as well.  Even where I live in Massachusetts is "abnormally dry" and spots are in a moderate drought.  

Most people know the basic tips - turn the water off while you brush your teeth, don't over-water your lawn, etc.  But here are 3 equally easy tips that you may not have considered.  ... read more

Eco-Friendly Ink-Saving Fonts

When it comes time to print something, take fonts into consideration. Most people don't think about fonts, but certain fonts use more ink than others.  The smaller the surface area of the font, the less ink it uses.  The standard Times New Roman is usually a decent choice because the letters are thin.  There are even certain fonts purposely designed to use less ink!

ecofont

Ecofont was developed by SPRANQ in the Netherlands.  It was made to reduce ink usage by containing tiny holes, which reduces the amount of ink needed by about 15% in comparison to the Vera Sans family, the font in which Ecofont is based.  When printed in smaller sizes, the holes can't be seen.... read more

Green Father's Day Ideas

This is an update of a previous Green Father's Day Gift Guide.  Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there...and here are some gift ideas for their families!  At the bottom there are some new additions.

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Father's Day is just around the corner.  Thinking about what to get for the environment-loving dad in your life?  Here are a few ideas:... read more

A Greener Summer

No need to have the summertime blues this year -- let's have the summertime greens!  There are plenty of excellent ways to keep your summer KEEN and GREEN!  

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Jam vs. Jelly vs. Preserves: A Canning Glossary

A few years ago, my husband and I took up canning.  We started off with jars and jars of marinara sauce that we made to use up tomatoes – tomatoes basically took over our yard due to using our compost.  Then came a variety of salsas where we made good use of some of the delicious peppers in the backyard.  Then came jellies, jams, and preserves, thanks to local farms and our very own raspberries!  

I began reading up on the types of things you can can and what the difference is between jelly, jam, preserves, etc.  Here’s what I learned:

Jelly usually does not contain pieces of fruit, as it is made by cooking fruit juice, sugar, pectin, and lemon juice.... read more

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Reusing Yogurt Containers

Gotta love yogurt.  Healthy, creamy, sweet, and chock full o' acidophilus.  But there's one thinreusing and recycling yogurt containersg about that cup of yogurt that is not to love:  the containers they come in.  Most yogurt comes in polypropylene (#5) plastic containers, which is not recycled in many cities.  Other common items that come in polypropylene are butter, margarine, cottage cheese, hummus, and cream cheese.

Before recycling your yogurt container, get as much use out of the little containers as you can.  After all, isn't the adage "Reduce, REUSE, Recycle?"  So, let's talk about how you can reuse those old Stonyfield Farm containers over and over...... read more

Green Camping Tips

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Are you camping this summer?  Here are some tips for keeping your camping trip keen and green:... read more

4 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air can be more polluted than the air you breathe outside. Shocking, but true. And it isn’t just because you keep your windows open at night, thereby allowing the pollutants in outdoor air to waft into your house. Chemicals commonly found in each households, such as floor cleaners and insecticides also add to the growing list of pollutants that are making your indoor air quality bad.

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Companion Planting for Natural Gardens

Companion planting is basically just arranging your garden so that complementary plants are near each other. This can mean different things, including plants that deter pests, attract insects, or require different nutrients to reduce competition. Most gardeners will be planting a common assortment of vegetables, so we will try to focus mostly on those you’re likely to find in any garden.

Alfalfa

For starters, there are some plants that are pretty much good to plant near anything. Alfalfa is one of these. A drought-resistant crop, it has strong roots that help to break up soil and aerate it for others with weaker root systems. Its tap root also deposits nitrogen into the soil, reducing your need for fertilizer and making the soil richer for the next planting year.... read more

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