Choosing a Vacuum – Why HEPA Ones Are Best One for People with Asthma & Allergies

Choosing a vacuumChoosing a vacuum can be a daunting task, especially if you or someone else in your household suffers from asthma. Asthma accounts for millions of lost work and school days, and costs billions in medical expenses.

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (www.acaai.org) more than 22 million Americans suffer from Asthma. But realistically it affects millions more people around the globe.

Actor and director Martin Scorsese, Olympic athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, British novelist Charles Dickens, rap singer DMX, and former American President Woodrow Wilson all suffered from asthma. [Read more…]

From Infant Changing Pad to Diaper Pail – How to Create a Baby Changing Area that Doesn’t Stink

infant changing padKeeping a diaper area clean is important, from the infant changing pad to the diaper pail to the baby’s skin.

Because babies’ immune systems are not built up like an adult’s, they are more susceptible to infections caused by bacteria and other germs.

We spend a lot of time making sure the baby’s nursery is free from things like VOCs and BPA but what about the changing area? Changing a diaper is the dirtiest part of taking care of a baby or small child. But that doesn’t mean it cannot be sanitary!

American comedian Jeff Foxworthy once joked, “Changing a diaper is like getting a present from your grandmother – you’re not sure what you’ve got but you’re pretty sure you’re not going to like it.” That’s so true – every time you open a diaper is potential for disaster. [Read more…]

7 Tips for Leading an Environmentally Friendly Life

environmentally friendly lifeAn environmentally friendly life is not something that happens overnight, because of how we perceive green living. From “it’s too expensive” to “it’s too inconvenient” people have so many misconceptions about what it means to be eco-friendly.

American journalist Dan Goldman described it best when he said, “Green is a process, not a status. We need to think of ‘green’ as a verb, not an adjective.” Once you start making conscious decisions to “live green” the rest falls into place.

When you start living with the mindset that everything you do affects the environment, then you want to do things that have a positive effect. But living green is more than separating your recyclables into plastic, paper, or cans. [Read more…]

Clean Water Facts – 5 Things You Don’t Want to Find in Your Tap Water

clean water factsAward winning scientist David Suzuki states, “More than a billion people lack adequate access to clean water.” If you aren’t sure of the clean water facts of where you live, then you might be one of those people, too.

Tap water isn’t necessarily as clean as people think. Ionizers and other water filters help improve the health value of tap water in both rural and urban homes, and in most causes that is enough. But how do you know?

There are 10 million people in developed countries – like Canada, the United States, and most of Europe, that lack safe drinking water (www.water.org). While most of the United States is safe, contamination occurs in both well and city water supplies. [Read more…]

5 Carpet Alternatives for Your Home

Carpet AlternativesWall to wall carpeting sounds good in theory. It feels good on bare feet, and looks nice in a room. But when you consider how hard it is to keep clean and that it is a hotbed for allergens, then you might search for carpet alternatives.

If you are stuck with wall to wall carpeting due to renting or budget, then consider replacing your old vacuum with a HEPA model which can reduce allergens in carpeting. An air purifier will also help reduce allergens.

Replacing your wall to wall carpeting with an eco-friendly alternative is the best way to say goodbye to a lot of allergens like bacteria, dust, dirt, mildew, mold, and even odors. Even the toughest vacuums have trouble reaching the microscopic particles embedded in carpeting. [Read more…]

How a Water Ionizer Can Improve the Water from Your Home’s Faucets

Best water for healthAmerican comedian and actor W.C. Fields once joked, “I never drink water because of the disgusting things that fish do in it.”

If only he had the benefit of an ionizer, then Mr. Fields could have enjoyed the best water for health, no matter where it originated!

Sadly, the water coming out of our taps is not always safe to drink due to the chemicals towns use to purify it, or the runoff that seeps into well water. And the chemicals used to make petroleum-based plastic water bottles means that drinking that water is dodgy as well.

Water is an important part of our daily lives. We use organic filters for the water we use for bathing and showering. So doesn’t the water we drink deserve that same attention, if not more? [Read more…]

6 Easy Feng Shui Tips to Apply to Your Home Office

Easy fung shuiFrench fashion designer and founder of her own brand, Coco Chanel once gave the advice, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.” I learned this firsthand when using easy Feng Shui tips to redecorate my home office.

I used to avoid my home office, but now I welcome the calming respite that it offers. The added sunlight and lack of clutter alone give my office the feeling of being a positive space. And I have to admit, I am much more productive in my new environment.

Do you have an old fax machine sitting in the corner of your office? Is your lamp missing a shade? Perhaps your book shelves are leaning to one side, sagging, and preparing to collapse under the weight of all the stuff you have accumulated while working at home?

Or maybe you just have a bunch of stuff lying about that you use only a couple of times per year – or even less. If so then you can probably benefit from Feng Shui, too! [Read more…]

Bringing a New Baby into Your Eco Home? Follow These Baby Wrap Instructions for Better Bonding

baby wrap instructionsFrench novelist Victor Hugo once wrote, “A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.” Following the baby wrap instructions for using a sling can help your baby sleep soundly when you need your arms for other chores.

After spending nine months preparing for your little one and getting the nursery just right, now that the little one is here you might find that you have trouble putting him down. This is where a sling can help!

The benefits of the sling begin shortly after childbirth, when it is most important for moms and their little ones to cuddle. It not only stimulates hormones needed for the baby’s growth, but also helps babies latch on easier during breastfeeding.

New moms relax knowing their baby is safe and that, despite being exhausted from the arduous process of having just given birth, the baby is safe and in little danger of falling from her arms. [Read more…]

Keeping Up with the Greens – 6 Eco-Friendly Interior Design Tips for Your Home

Eco-friendly interiorKeeping up with the Jones’s is so 1992. In my neighborhood, everybody’s trying to keep up with the Green’s! And who can blame them?

From the eco-friendly interior design of their home to the organically landscaped lawn, they’re the healthiest family on the block!

Scott Adams of the private-label handbag and accessory company, Scott Adams Designs, once advised, “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” But if you’re using outdated interior design methods, then you’re making one of the biggest mistakes of your life.

Paint with chemical-laden fumes, toxin-filled carpeting, and furniture made from materials that strip the earth of their natural resources should all be avoided. [Read more…]

Stop Sleeping with Mold – 3 Tips for the Best Way to Clean a Mattress

Best way to clean a mattressThe best way to clean a mattress depends on the type of mattress you have, and whether or not you’re trying to do a general cleaning or eliminate a specific problem like mold or mildew.

In his bestselling novel The Godfather, when Italian American author Mario Puzo wrote about mafia family warfare he used the phrase, “Going to the mattresses.” The phrase is often used out of context, but I never expected to personally use it.

That’s because I was going to the mattresses with my HEPA vacuum and eco-friendly anti-bacterial cleaners in hand. While I wasn’t going to war with a mafia family, I was waging war on something just as dangerous – mold! [Read more…]