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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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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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The Lowdown on Asbestos in the Workplace

Asbestos has been banned from use since 1990 due to the many health risks that it was discovered to cause. However, it is still a dangerous substance that yet exists in a number of old yet still utilized homes and buildings today. While it is no longer an active ingredient in household and construction products, the risk for exposure to this harmful substance still exists not only in homes, but also in workplaces.

 

But what exactly do we need to know about asbestos in the workplace?

 

1. History of use

 

Asbestos was widely used in a lot of construction and household products a few decades back – and with good reason. Asbestos fibers are strong and durable, and proven to be resistant to heat and fire, making them good substances for many a building products. It’s a fact well demonstrated by the presence of asbestos in many homes and buildings that were built between the 1950’s to the late 1980’s.... read more

Everything You Need to Know About Indoor Air Pollution

Humans breathe in an average of 3,000 gallons of air each day, and spend about 90% of their time indoors. But did you know that indoor air can be up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air?

 

 

Those fumes from insect sprays, cleaning agents, beauty products, and even from the food being cooked in the kitchen all contribute to indoor air that could add up to an alarming amount of pollutants.

 

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The Hidden Dangers of Asbestos

asbestosAsbestos was widely used as an additive to quite a number of products in the past for its heat resistant and insulating properties, as well as its ability to strengthen the products that it was added to.... read more

Green Tips for Cleaning Upholstery

cleaning upholsteryNo matter how clean you keep your home, sofas and leather chairs eventually get dirty. Whether your upholstery needs cleaning because of a spill, stain or dirt, using the right cleaning method is important. 

Many of today’s commercial products are loaded with harsh chemicals and can be very expensive. So instead of buying these agents from the grocery, it’s better to create your own.... read more

Eco-friendly Items For Every Room in the House

Aside from recycling and reducing your food waste, you can also help the environment by installing the right appliances around your home. Not only do they save mother Earth, they actually save you real money! Here are some ideas for every room inside your house.... read more

Labeling Ethically: When "Green" Takes on a Different Tone

When Dole Food Company began labeling its bananas slated for New Zealand sales with stickers that read, "Ethical Choice," it attracted attention. The stickers were backed by a strong promotional push that gave customers the confidence that they were using their money to support a company with fair trade practices and a positive work environment.

 

Food Social Responsibility

Labels help consumers make decisions, and consumers can help create sustainable food systems with their checkbooks simply through their purchasing decisions. In a world where information is pumped out to the public on a daily basis, it's not always easy to keep track of what is actually going on. Therefore, conscious consumers often rely on messages delivered on packaging materials and advertisements to let them know they are making responsible purchasing decisions. When the claims on that packaging and in those advertisements don't match up with reality, it's called green washing.... read more

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