It seems like it just began and already the 2012 summer season is quickly coming to a close, which can only mean one thing for many parents, teachers, and kids. It’s time to head back to school. While students worry about first impressions, parents race around to secure the necessary school supplies, and teachers get their curriculum in order, there may be unseen dangers lurking in schools.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution levels can be two to five times higher than outdoor areas. The EPA also points out that approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population spends their days indoors in elementary, middle, and high schools. USA TODAY notes that thresholds for chemical exposure are typically based on results from adults exposure. As a result, little is known or can be accurately predicted about child and adolescent exposure to airborne chemicals. This is significant since children can be more vulnerable to the effects of chemical exposure due to a variety of factors, including still-growing bodies and their inability to properly protect themselves from exposure to environmental hazards.
Dogs are beloved members of many families. They offer unconditional love, reduce stress levels, encourage exercise, and even lower blood pressure. And now, research has shown they might also reduce cases of childhood asthma.
According to research presented at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, children who live in homes with dogs may be less likely to develop asthma. In the study, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco fed house dust from homes with dogs to mice. Compared to a control group, the mice exposed to this dust had increased immunity to the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is associated with childhood asthma.
While still in its early stages, the research suggests that children who spend time around dogs might have a similar immunity to this virus. This is exciting news for dog-lovers, especially since a study last year proved there’s no such thing as hypoallergenic dogs.
Steam cleaners are wonderful, since they can clean just about anything without the use of harsh chemicals – car exteriors, sealed hardwood floors, leather upholstery, most kitchen appliances, windows, mirrors, and showers.
There are some surfaces, however, that aren’t ideal for steam cleaners.
Let’s look at how steam cleaners work. Essentially, they turn ordinary tap water into deep-cleaning steam vapor. They do this with heat – lots of it. In order to kill germs, they need to heat water to at least 225 degrees F. In fact, the most powerful steam cleaners, like Ladybug steam cleaners, heat the water as high as 325 degrees F.
The beginning of spring is the one time of year that I get super jazzed about cleaning, so I always make sure to take it seriously. I leave no blind un-dusted and no pillow cover un-washed. Dust, dirt and allergens don’t stand a chance in my home.
This spring, you owe it to yourself to enjoy a clean that’s more than dirt-deep. I’m talking allergen-deep. Dust mite-deep. Get down to the nitty gritty and really tackle what’s lurking in your home’s air. With the help of these 10 spring cleaning tips, you can do it without making yourself crazy.
1. Make a schedule. If you have a basement, start there – this room usually has the worst air quality. The next day, tackle germs and bacteria in the bathroom. Move onto the living room on day three, and so on. Even if you live in a 600 square foot apartment like mine, this method helps you stay focused on the task at hand and avoid becoming overwhelmed with the amount of work ahead of you.
2. Ditch the store-bought cleaners for a vapor steam cleaner. Typical household cleaners often contain harsh toxic chemicals that can aggravate allergies and ultimately cause health complications. Steam cleaners use pure vapor steam to naturally disinfect and deodorize counter tops, windows, appliances, and upholstery.
As I mentioned in a previous blog post, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to start cleaning my dog’s bed with my Ladybug Steam Cleaner. Well, we are now three weeks into the year, and Callie has enjoyed a deliciously fresh, steam cleaned doggie bed every night.
Believe it or not, this chore has actually turned into a lot of fun! My Ladybug Tekno 2350 is incredibly powerful, easy to use, and really makes me feel like I’m creating a healthier environment for my dog and myself. And as any Ladybug owner will tell you, once you whip out your trusty cleaning friend, it’s hard to put it away.
I wanted to share my experience cleaning with my Ladybug, so I created this quick video demo to show you how easy and fun it can be.
The countdown is over. The plates of black-eyed peas and cornbread are empty. The guilt and shame of everything we ate over the holidays has set in. It’s officially a new year!
At the beginning of each new year, I go through the same routine as most women. Buy veggies, count calories, and force myself into the gym five times a week. But this year, I thought I would do something a little different.
During our first day back at the office, I started asking around to see what resolutions some of my coworkers made for 2012. Maybe that would help give me some ideas. I was surprised by what I found!
Bed bugs – they’re creepy, crawly, and have taken over homes across America over the last few years. Dealing with a bed bug infestation is a downright nuisance that can literally drive you crazy, so it’s no surprise that people are willing to do whatever it takes to rid their homes of these bloodsucking pests right away. With such hysteria over the current bed bug epidemic, many Americans are taking drastic measures to eliminate the problem, including fumigating their homes to extreme degrees.
However, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that frequent and excessive applications of chemical products to kill bed bugs can be more hazardous to your health than the effects of a bed bug infestation. A healthier alternative for effective bed bug remediation, steam cleaners are a chemical-free way to get rid of bed bugs naturally.
Some people prefer primp and pretty household appliances and are more concerned with style than function. Then there are the folks who can appreciate an attractive design but are more focused on the bottom line: does this product really work?
When you want a vacuum that excels in deep cleaning and filtration without all the exterior bells and whistles, Nilfisk vacuum cleaners provide industrial strength and are a quietly kept solution for residential environments. Translation: they may not have the frilly finishing of a traditional household vacuum, but they really, really do work.
The only thing more disgusting than walking on a grimy floor is “cleaning” it with the same old dirty mop and filthy pail of water. Sure the bucket of water starts out smelling fresh and looking soapy, but by the time you reach the middle of the floor, what was once a bucket of fresh suds has become a cold, gray bacteria fest. And to think we actually dip a spongy mop into that “water” and smear it all over our tile or hardwood floors. Yuck!
It’s ok, we’re all guilty. But there is a better way. A chemical-free, eco-conscious, allergy- and asthma-friendly way. More hygienic than a traditional floor mop and more cost-effective and durable than disposable Swiffer sweepers, a steam cleaner is a healthy way to truly clean your floors of dirt and grime without releasing pollutants from chemical detergents into your indoor environment.
Imagine a bagless vacuum that is as big on function as it is on style. Picture a vacuum cleaner that is lightweight and appealing to the eye but also durable and tough on dirt. Now meet the Electrolux Nimble.
The name says it all: nimble. Meaning swift, quick, light, agile – all of the things any modern upright vacuum cleaner should be.
Standing nearly 4 feet tall, the Nimble excels in dirt pickup while offering extreme maneuverability. Loaded with convenience features such as fingertip suction control and a 3-in-1 combination tool, the Electrolux Nimble Vacuum Cleaner offers five-star quality at a budget-friendly price.
While the world is currently in awe over the revolutionary design of the Dyson bladeless fan, the company’s signature product has always been the Dyson ball vacuum. Known for exceptional design and innovative technology, Dyson’s DC25 Vacuum Series is no exception. The Dyson DC25 Series includes the DC25 All Floors Vacuum Cleaner and the DC25 Animal Vacuum Cleaner, both of which are sleek, lightweight vacuums featuring HEPA filtration and bagless dirt collection for your convenience.
I had the privilege of testing out the Dyson DC25 Animal Vacuum Cleaner and I must say it is quite an engineering feat. Designed to clean homes with pets, the Dyson DC25 Animal Vacuum comes with a mini-turbine tool to remove pet hair from furniture, fabrics, and tight spaces. The vacuum also includes two onboard accessories—a debris nozzle and a stair tool—that can be attached to the vacuum hose or the extension wand for greater functionality.
After quickly assembling the main components, I was ready to plug the pet vacuum in and go for a test drive.
All right, I didn’t actually list 101 here (just 21), but there are seemingly endless uses for our brand new Ladybug Tekno 2350 Vapor Steam Cleaner. Manufactured by Advanced Vapor Technologies, this system is the most powerful Ladybug steam cleaner available. The EPA-qualified Tekno 2350 makes use of the patent-pending TANCS disinfection system—TANCS stands for Thermo Accelerated Nano Crystal Sanitation—to create super-heated dry vapor steam that is lethal for germs, bacteria, allergens, and dirt.
This Ladybug vapor steam cleaner is excellent for residential cleaning tasks, but it’s also a great economical tool for workers in many commercial sectors such as car-detailing, the food and hospitality industries, and janitorial departments in schools, universities, and on corporate campuses. Come to think of it, almost any household and industry would benefit from the Ladybug’s safe and chemical-free approach to cleaning. Continue reading
Cleaner, pollutant-free air adds almost 5 months to our lives. So say the results of an interesting study published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. The study, headed by an epidemiologist at Brigham Young University (BYU), tracked the correlation between particulate pollution levels and life expectancy over 2 decades in 51 U.S. cities. Researchers say it’s the first to illustrate that reducing air pollution can translate into a longer lifespan. How’s that for a reason to make an air purifier a permanent part of your environment? Continue reading
If you’re anything like me, you hate flu season. You loathe those times – mostly between November and March – when you can just feel the influenza coming on. During these times, everything you do is performed in a fatigued slow motion. You start popping a daily vitamin C, a powdery-tasting Zicam tablet, and maybe one of those ugly green Echinacea capsules just to be safe. You wash your hands twice as much as you usually do (and for me, that’s a lot!). You get plenty of rest (out like a light at 10!) and hope that this run-down feeling passes. To put it plainly, if you’re anything like me, you’ll do everything short of declaring yourself under quarantine during flu season to prevent catching the flu. Continue reading
CBS News reports that children living in areas of high precipitation may be more likely to have autism.
“I strongly believe it’s not the precipitation itself,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Michael Waldman. “My sense is, if truly there is an environmental trigger, my guess is it is one of the factors related to indoor activity.” Continue reading
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