Recent Preventing Allergens Articles

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Bathroom Cleaning Ideas Without Air Contaminants

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jul 23, 2013

Bathrooms are dirty places. Pee, poop, mildew, mold, and plenty of moisture -- it makes total sense why one would pull out the hardcore cleansers to clean and disinfect the loo. However,...

Hard-surface furniture, no clutter, washable area rug: This room is easy to keep low in allergens. (Photo: poligonchik/istock)

Allergy-proof Your Bedroom

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 08, 2013

Though we're not awake during most of the time that we spend in our bedrooms, most folks spend more hours in their bedrooms than in any other room of the house. Bedrooms can be full...

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Five Ways to Use Healthy Oils for Skincare

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 07, 2013

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, oil got a bad rap. Nobody wanted to eat fat anymore, and nobody wanted to let oil touch her face. Oil made you fat, and oil gave you pimples. Except…it...

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House Tips for Surviving Allergy Season

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 01, 2013

Although there are debates about whether this year is the worst year for allergy-sufferers ever, we do know for sure that this spring is pretty tough on them. Some scientists are blaming...

Aromatics, like lemons, lavender, and essential oils, are the basis of DIY bathroom deodorizers. (Photo: vasileva/

Ecologically Friendly DIY Bathroom Deodorizers

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Jan 15, 2013

What is worse than bathroom smells? The choke-inducing chemical smell of spray air freshener layered on top of it. Holy smokes, it can leave you gasping for air. For bathroom deodorizing,...

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What Salt Water Does to Houses

Posted by s.e. smith | Nov 01, 2012

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many people have flood damage on their minds. Hurricanes come with an extra complication that makes flood damage potentially more dangerous, more expensive,...

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The Squatty Potty Makes Me Feel Skinny

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Oct 23, 2012

About a month ago, I blogged about the Squatty Potty. I came across it online, and it looked like a good idea. I wondered if I could DIY something similar. Much to my delight, the creator...

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What’s Reliable and Updated in Child-Proofing?

Posted by Cris Carl | Oct 04, 2012

“What’s new in baby-proofing has a tendency to reflect what new hazards exist,” said Jeff Baril, president of the International Association for Child Safety. “Every...