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Getting (and Keeping!) Your Pet-Friendly Home Clean

Getting (and Keeping!) Your Pet-Friendly Home Clean

For the certified “pet people” out there (and you know who you are!) pets are part of the family. Pet lovers everywhere have come to expect all the fun “perks” that come with being human companions: lovely pet odors, errant bits of fur, the occasional accident, and the variety of presents they can track in, like dirt, leaves or (and this is for you cat lovers) the occasional dead lizard. But a pet-friendly home doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to living in a dog house;…

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7 Hacks To Upgrade Your Cleaning Routine

7 Hacks To Upgrade Your Cleaning Routine

Oh, the quest for a perfectly clean home! If only achieving that cleanliness weren’t so…tedious. Or time-consuming. Or just generally horrible. A life filled with work, family, and a bit of R&R leaves little time for household chores. The good news is, a little creativity can go a long way in redefining how you clean, and, in doing so, how much actual time you spend getting the job done. We’ve come up with 7 clever ways you can get your…

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What’s Your Indoor Air Quality Like This Winter?

What’s Your Indoor Air Quality Like This Winter?

The winter months bring a lot of wonderful things: holidays, family get-togethers, sipping cocoa while it snows outside, falling asleep in front of a warm fire. So as the temperatures drop, people predictably spend more and more time indoors…which is great for staying cozy, but maybe not so great for your health. Of all the seasons, winter presents the greatest indoor air quality (IAQ) conundrum: you spend most of your time indoors to keep warm, but what kind of air…

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Research Reveals Majority of U.S. Homes Pose Health Risks: Is Yours One?

Research Reveals Majority of U.S. Homes Pose Health Risks: Is Yours One?

For most people, our home is our haven – the place where life is at its most comfortable and safe. But in 2009, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) revealed research that showed that 67% of US families lived in a home with at least one major health risk. So what constitutes a health risk? The NCHH came up with what they call the Seven Principles of Healthy Homes, which includes keeping homes: Dry Clean Ventilated Contaminant-free Pest-free Safe…

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Dirty Surfaces In Your Home…And How to Get Them Clean

Dirty Surfaces In Your Home…And How to Get Them Clean

Everyone has their own personal standard of clean when it comes to their home. One person might spend 45 minutes steam cleaning their kitchen countertops while another may haphazardly spritz a surface with disinfectant and hope for the best. One thing is certain: cleaning a home is time consuming, and just when you think everything’s finally clean…life happens. Pets track in mud. Kids spill apple juice in their bedroom…and don’t tell you about it. That darling flea-market curio cabinet is…

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Detergent Residue, Your Laundry & You

Detergent Residue, Your Laundry & You

If you rely heavily on detergents, bleach, fabric softener and dryer sheets to get your laundry clean and fragrant, you may also have experienced dull, faded clothing, or “clean” clothes that feel sticky and have strange oil-like stains. In all probability, you’re dealing with one of the fun after-effects of conventional clothes washing: residue. In fact, back in 2010, the Wall Street Journal featured an article about Americans’ tendency to go way overboard in the soap department. The idea, of…

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10 Ways to Banish Dust From Your Home

10 Ways to Banish Dust From Your Home

Dust in your home is a lot of things: unsightly, unhealthy, and downright disastrous if you or a family member suffers with allergies or asthma. Dust – of both the indoor and outdoor variety – is a natural occurrence, but a mostly unwelcome one. Believe it or not, the particular dust in your home is customized, by none other than you and those who live in your house with you (both humans and four-legged friends). Varying factors like climate, your…

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Stinky Kid’s Room? Smelly Closet? Freshen Up with an Aerus Guardian Purifier!

Stinky Kid’s Room? Smelly Closet? Freshen Up with an Aerus Guardian Purifier!

Got a space in your home that could use…er…refreshing? Maybe it’s the kid’s playroom, or your son’s dorm room, or your laundry room where there’s a seemingly bottomless pile of dirty clothes. Bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and so many other spaces can all benefit from an infusion of fresh air.  If you’ve ever owned an Aerus air purifying unit like the Lux Guardian Air Platinum or the Guardian Angel, then you know what kind of positive impact it can have on your home, your…

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Contact Dermatitis: Is Your Laundry The Culprit?

Contact Dermatitis: Is Your Laundry The Culprit?

Maybe it’s happened to you before: you get an itchy, red rash on your wrists or limbs or hands or neck; maybe that rash leads to blisters that even begin to ooze a bit. You think to yourself, “What in the world?” as your scratch yourself silly. Turns out, it very well could be a phenomenon called contact dermatitis. Here’s the bad news: when you have it, it’s super-irritating and uncomfortable. But here’s the good news: it’s also curable and…

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Now that’s SCARY: Inside a Dirty Washing Machine

Now that’s SCARY: Inside a Dirty Washing Machine

Maybe your clothes are dirty because your washing machine is dirty. In fact, it’s very possible that the very machine you rely on to get your clothes clean could be contaminating them without you even realizing it. So while the visible dirt and stains might be gone, bacteria like E.coli can get redeposited by the washing machine itself.   How does it happen?   It’s unpleasant to think about, but microbiology professor Dr. Charles Gerba from the University of Arizona…

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