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Let’s Clear the Air: How Your Home Can Make You Sick & What You Can Do About It by Guest Blogger DIYMama Erin Reynolds

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We all want a clean living space, but did you realize that even when your home is clean, indoor air pollutants can still be hanging around? Indoor air pollution is often worse than the pollution we’re exposed to outdoors and living with poor indoor air quality can lead to immediate and long-term sickness. To improve indoor air and live better, check your home for these common causes of pollution and take steps to eliminate them.

 

Seek Out the Source

You can’t get rid of indoor pollution without knowing where it’s coming from. Some of these causes are obvious, while others are less well-known and often harder to find.

 

  • Tobacco smoke – Smoke from tobacco contains thousands of chemicals, which are trapped in your home when anyone smokes inside. In addition to being released into the air, the chemicals in tobacco settle into furniture, rugs and just about any other surface in your home. According to The American Lung Association, secondhand smoke can cause respiratory infections, asthma, cancer and even heart attacks.

  • Household chemicals Chemicals come into our homes in many ways you wouldn’t expect. They can be present in your home’s building materials and paint, as well as in furniture, carpet and cabinetry. Many people also unwittingly add harmful chemicals to their home by using chemical cleaning products, air fresheners and personal care products.

  • Pets – Many people have allergic reactions to pet dander, which can be can be mild to severe and often include asthma, sinus problems and respiratory infections.

  • Mildew and mold – According to Bob Vila, mold can grow about anywhere there is excess moisture. If you aren’t sure if mildew and mold are a problem in your home, track your home’s humidity and search for any water leaks.

  • Harmful gases – Radon is a gas that is naturally occurring, but exposure to it has been linked to cancer, so it’s very important to have your home checked to determine if radon is present. Carbon monoxide is another deadly gas that could leak into your home from gas appliances such as gas stoves and hot-water heaters. Installing a carbon monoxide detector is an easy way to keep your family safe.

Simple Steps to Clear the Air

Even though indoor pollutants and allergens are rampant, you can make simple swaps and do some easy, environmentally friendly DIY repairs to eliminate problems.

  • Choose greener cleaning products – Look for cleaning products that are free of petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and other toxic ingredients. Natural alternatives are easy to find and they are much healthier because they don’t release toxic substances into the air.

  • Avoid toxic building materials – One of the biggest culprits of harmful off-gassing comes from Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in paint. Fortunately, low or no-VOC paints are easy to find and repainting your home with environmentally friendly paint is a simple DIY project. When replacing cabinets, look for ones that are made from solid wood and use only non-toxic finishes. You can also find environmentally friendly materials for all kinds of home projects such as glue, caulking and insulation.

  • Purify the air in your home – You can’t avoid all pollutants entirely, but an air purifier can clean the pollutants out of the air in your home that can cause allergies and asthma.

  • Take advantage of nature – Outdoor air is purified naturally through trees, but you can get the same effect at home with houseplants that remove chemicals from the air. And along with all of these other steps, one of the simplest things you can do is open windows regularly to let fresh air in.

It sounds a little scary to think of all the dangers lurking in our homes, but the good news is that you can easily eliminate many of them. Making these simple swaps is better for your health and the environment, so it’s a win-win. When you make these changes, you will likely notice a difference right away, and you can rest easier knowing you’re protecting your long-term health too.

 

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Check out our Guest blogger Erin Reynolds at http://diymama.net/

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2018 in Health

 

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August Is Here: Quotes To Keep Us In Check!

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Posted by on August 1, 2018 in Life Coaching

 

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BIG BROTHER: Is This Season Underwhelming For a 20th Season So Far???

Yes this is an Organization/Life Coach blog, but long time readers know that I am a huge fan of the CBS hit reality show Big Brother! And every season I do a post or two about the show! I was even a co host on the Big Brother Aftershow on AfterbuzzTV for several seasons!

Pictured with co host Lauren LoGrasso!

Okay so we are several weeks in and i’m kinda bored. Its the 20th season(cycle) of the show and I feel it should be bigger! How about you?

None of the houseguests really stand out to me. I give points to Swaggy C for trying! I don’t have the hate for him that many do. I just think he wasn’t likeable enough when he came in and The Swaggy C thing fell flat. The Bros thing fell flat! The alliance names aren’t good. I wanted to like Kaitlyn and she was doing things but in the end crumbled into a ball of tears. The token gay dude JC  used the N word and tried to defend his usage to a BLACK person. Nothing new. The N word was used on the show before. I know of him outside the show, so i am not surprised. He is not likeable either. The challenges are lackluster too. There were some seasons where the challenges were hard!!! AND fun to watch..

The other night, the show ran out of time and didnt even give us a live on air Kaitlyn exit interview OR HOH comp to watch!! Come on CBS!!!!

It was nice to she BB winner Rachel Reilly come back to host a comp. I got to meet her in person and she was the nicest person!!! Turning Sam into a Robot WAS interesting and very unique! I do have my eye on Tyler, he is making it through so far!! He may even win this thing!

I like this show very much. I have watched since Season 1. Its my summer tradition! it is my hope to expect the unexpected and it gets better!! I would love to know what you think!!!!

 

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2018 in Music/Arts

 

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Super Tip Monday- 3 Reasons Organization Helps With Stress

 

1- When your items have a regular place to be, it reduces the stress to try to find them.

2- When you are organized,you have a better chance to be on time for appointments and events. No stress being late or having to deal with people who don’t like you being late!

3- Writing out the steps to a project is the beginning of making that project go smoothly!

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2018 in Health, Organizing

 

The Super Organizer Has Bells Palsy, What Is IT?

The pic above was from Day 3 of my Bells Palsy. People have been asking Me what Bells Palsy is??? So I am providing a link for those who are curious. I am on a crusade to educate people on this condition. It can strike anybody at any age and time. There are several factors that go into how someone can get this. FOR ME, it was extreme stress!! So I am telling folks to MANAGE your stress!!! It is no joke. Having half of your face paralyzed is NO JOKE!

I am starting to get feeling back in my face. I am in pain tho, but I am pushing thru. Here is the link if you are interested in what Bells Palsy is:

https://www.webmd.com/brain/understanding-bells-palsy-basics

I am still laying low so that I can recover fully! I will be back!!!!

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2018 in Health, Me

 

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July 4th!!!!

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Posted by on July 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Positive Quotes TO Get Through July!

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Posted by on July 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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