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Designer Homes Get Allergy-Friendly, Green and Gorgeous

Our Allergic Living columnist discovers four outstanding residences that incorporate allergy and air quality considerations, green sensibility and, of course, great looks.

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The Safe Way to Clean Your House with Allergies, Asthma

Don’t be fooled by cool containers, fresh scents and disinfecting muscle. Here’s how to clean – without polluting your air. For many people with allergies and asthma, regular cleaning can help keep symptoms at bay; and there’s nothing quite like giving your home a thorough once-over. But depending on what products you use, that sheen […]

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Advice for an Allergy-Friendly, Non-Toxic Kitchen Renovation

It’s time for a change – and a new kitchen can be a great way to give your home a serious spring spruce-up, and make it healthier, too. But if you or someone in your family has allergies and asthma, there are important steps you need to take.

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Allergy-Friendly, Eco-Friendly Flooring

With the cooler weather, we’re indoors more than ever.

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The Healthy Basement

No more musty, moldy underworld. Transform your basement into a livable, breathable space. People with environmental sensitivities, allergies and asthma are often taught to shun basements as dark, dank places laden with triggers such as mold and chemical fumes. And that stereotype can hold true. But the basement also presents much needed extra space. So […]

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Saying Good Night to the Dust Mite

They’re creepy and allergenic. But you can minimize the mites.

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Your House Has Mold!

From the archives. Published in Allergic Living magazine, Summer 2007. It’s a humid summer day. You descend the basement stairs and that damp, dusky smell hits you. Or you look under the kitchen sink and see a dark stain near a dripping pipe. Perhaps you peel back a piece of carpet in a damp area and spot the […]

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Chemicals Tied to Early Puberty

If you or your child have asthma or allergies you have probably already been trying to reduce your exposure to chemicals in your home. It turns out that you may be doing yourselves more of a favour than you know. A study recently published in the American Journal of Pediatrics, shows that chemicals that we […]

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What is Mold?

Molds are microscopic fungi that grow all around us, both indoors and out. Inside, mold thrives in humid areas like the shower or the basement. Outside, you’ll find it growing in shady areas where there is dampness or where vegetation is decomposing. Mold reproduces by sending out tiny spores that float through the air, looking […]

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How You Can Help Lessen Smog, Bad Air

How you live makes a difference to the air you breathe. 1. Automobile Advice Let’s start with your vehicle. If you’re driving an SUV, it burns one-half to two-thirds more fuel than a regular car. As for cars, newer models can vary con­siderably on environmental and energy efficiency, so compare both fuel effi­ciency and emission […]

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