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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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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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Super Share Tuesday: Food Journal Worksheet

I was talking about Food journaling and some folks have asked me if there are any worksheets out there.

Here is a worksheet I got from Mary Martha Mama:

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This one is from geohackers.tk:

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Posted by on March 13, 2018 in Health

 

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Super Tip Monday: One Way To Make Food Journaling Fun!

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I recently went to the doctor and had a wake up call! I weigh the most I ever have. So now I am on an eating plan for the next 3 months and it includes food journaling. I have to write down what I eat and drink every day. Boring to me, but I know its important for my health and to hold myself accountable too.

I found one way to make it interesting! If i am eating at home with products from my home that are prepacked, say a can of something or a frozen entrée, then if i can cut out the label of the item and the ingredients/ nutritional facts, I tape them on the page in the book of that day!! OR I take a pic and print it and tape it in! 

Just a way of switching it up from writing, which can get tiring. Try it!

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Health

 

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Organización = Buena Salud

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Me gusta esta cita porque se puede aplicar a muchas cosas en la vida. La desorganización puede afectar su salud. Mente. Cuerpo. Espíritu. Tu cuerpo podría estar tratando de decirte algo. ¿Estas escuchando?

¡La organización es la clave de la felicidad y la buena salud!

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2018 in EN Espanol, Health

 

One Fact About Sunscreen I Never Really Thought About!

I was reading in a magazine about facts on sunscreen and one of the facts caught my eye!!

I never really thought about it before.

And you take it to hot , sunny places with you.

I learned that sunscreen left in the sun can change have damaging effects. While left in the sun, the properties of the sunscreen change! It can DEACTIVATE the ingredients! 

So at home, put bottle in a cool dry place with no direct sunlight hitting it.

At the beach or park, place under a towel or beach bag or in your cooler!

Something to think about!

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2017 in Health

 

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