How Poor Air Quality Affects The Ability to Learn

How Poor Air Quality Affects The Ability to Learn

Almost everyone’s heard of smog: a combination of the words smoke and fog. While fog is mostly moisture, smog typically refers to dense air pollution caused by motor vehicle exhaust fumes. Smog is compounded in areas with higher populations where individuals drive cars on long commutes to and from work everyday. The ride may include passing by factories and industrial plants with smoke stacks pumping out thick clouds of smoke. This kind of pollution can saturate the atmosphere with all…

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Get Ready to Tackle Fall Allergies With These Great Tips!

Get Ready to Tackle Fall Allergies With These Great Tips!

Most people love autumn, and it’s easy to see why: colorful foliage, cooler temperatures, football tailgating and upcoming holidays full of family, friends and feasts. But for some, the beauty of the season can be dampened by impending fall allergies – particularly ragweed (also known as hay fever), which can cause sneezing, runny or stuffy noses, itchy throat and ears, itchy eyes and even hives. It can even cause asthma symptoms as well, since ragweed allergies can cause the nose…

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It’s Not the Heat — It’s the Humidity!

It’s Not the Heat — It’s the Humidity!

If you grew up in the southernmost states of the US, you’ve probably heard the old cliche (most likely uttered by a very warm lady while fanning herself on her front porch): It’s not the heat I can’t handle…it’s this humidity!  Of course, humidity isn’t a strictly southern dilemma: anywhere that experiences especially wet seasons or unexpected flooding can also be blanketed by a round of humidity. And it’s usually true that wet heat is regarded as being much less…

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Finding the Perfect Canister Vacuum for Your Home

Finding the Perfect Canister Vacuum for Your Home

One of the most important cleaning tools you can have in a home is a vacuum cleaner. Since the invention of the first motorized vacuum in 1901, these machines have proven themselves an invaluable staple in almost every household. As their technology has evolved, vacuums have been designed to be even more powerful, useful and effective at removing dirt, dust and errant debris from our surfaces. Studies have shown that regularly vacuumed carpet can be more beneficial to air quality than…

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The Happy Student: 8 Hacks For a Healthy Dorm Room

The Happy Student: 8 Hacks For a Healthy Dorm Room

For the millions of kids headed back to college this fall, the idea of dorm life can be exciting: no curfews, friends living right next door, epic parties, and the occasional (and much-needed) study session. But for as fun as it can be, dorm living is also famous for other characteristics: the stench of week-old pizza, your roommate’s dirty lacrosse shoes, and dirty piles of laundry. The comforts of Mom & Dad’s house – where carpet was vacuumed, baskets of…

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Do You Have Dull Flooring?

Do You Have Dull Flooring?

Unless your home’s brand new, there’s a chance you could look down at your flooring right now and feel certain that it’s seen better days. Has your family has worn a clear-cut path through the middle of your living room carpet? Does the hardwood in your kitchen have the sheen of an 19th century saloon? Has the grout in your tiled bathroom floor gotten so dingy you’d rather just move than get on your hands and knees with one more scrub brush? Are you…

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8 Reasons You’ll Love Having A Central Vacuum In Your Home

8 Reasons You’ll Love Having A Central Vacuum In Your Home

Whether you’re in the planning stages of designing a new home or looking for small ways to upgrade your existing one, installing a central vacuum system should be on the top of your wish list! Depending on how regularly and thorough your cleaning routine might be (do you have two bedrooms or five? asthma and allergy sufferers who require clean environments?) a central vacuum can actually make a lot of sense for your home. So what exactly IS a central…

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Got Kids? Battle Stinky Clothes With Laundry Pro!

Got Kids? Battle Stinky Clothes With Laundry Pro!

Whether they’re returning home from summer camp or about to head back to school, one thing’s for sure: where kids go, stinky clothes are sure to follow! If there’s a puddle, chocolate ice cream cone or sweaty game of dodgeball, kids (and their formerly clean clothes) will find it.  Parents are then left with the stains, odors and unending dinginess that seem to be the natural side-effect to fun summers and school sports. Doing a family’s laundry often includes a collection of…

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The Ultimate DIY: Clean & Allergy-Friendly Floors

The Ultimate DIY: Clean & Allergy-Friendly Floors

If you want allergy-friendly floors, your first thought might be to call in a carpet cleaning service. But you’ve heard about the potential drawbacks of conventional carpet cleaning methods: residue, fumes, mold and more. You figure that most professional carpet cleaners use harsh chemicals and a lot of hot water to clean and remove stains from carpets everywhere. Even some popular do-it-yourself products contain harsh active ingredients to fight stains and problematic organisms that live in carpet fibers. Pet accident and dander…

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EU’s Air Quality Crisis: Is America Next?

EU’s Air Quality Crisis: Is America Next?

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issued a report last month calling for greater cooperation and a more integrated approach to tackle the challenges in the pan-European region. The most serious concern the region faces is air quality, which has been impacted negatively by air pollution. Air pollution is considered “the biggest threat with more than 95 per cent of the EU urban population exposed to levels above World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.” According to the report, “over 500,000 premature deaths in the region were attributed to outdoor air…

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