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Ask an Expert is an occasional feature where we pose a question submitted by a reader to our Healthy Home Director Carl Grimes, HHS, CIEC Reader Question:  How do I rid our home of “new construction” smell? The “new construction smell” you are asking about is the combination of the entire mixture of chemicals “evaporating” […]

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Everyday products such as perfume, skin lotion, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaners and lawn pesticides are a top source of air pollution, as damaging to air quality as the exhaust from cars and trucks, a new study published in the journal Science (2/2018) shows. Consumer products containing compounds refined from petroleum all release small amounts […]

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Some truths and myths about "toxic black mold" We believe the best starting point for a healthy home is knowledge!  And one topic where many people think they know the facts, and most marketing supports their belief, is about mold.  But the reality is that a lot of the "facts" you think you know about […]

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Fabric softeners come with a lot of promises – soft, fresh-smelling clothes, free of static and wrinkles, along with less stretching, fading and pilling. Unfortunately, in-wash softeners and heat-activated dryer sheets pack a powerful combination of chemicals that can harm your health, pollute the air, and damage the environment. The chemicals of most concern include: […]

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From our friends at Healthy Building Science (Alex Statner, 10/18/17): The October 2017 California Fires in Northern California were devastating. Northern California will be dealing with the death and destruction of recent wildfires for years.  The immediate life-safety concerns about fire are obvious and frightening, but what many don’t realize is that returning to fire […]

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"The list of diseases linked to air pollution is growing." This was the headline for a recent article in Science News. Most articles about air pollution and health focus on conditions in third world countries, where people cook by burning wood or animal dung over an open flame, creating heavy smoke inside their homes with […]

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