Molds are fungi that exist almost everywhere in the outdoors – and inside, they’re a common component of household dust. But mold can become a nightmare when there’s a large amount and it’s busily forming colonies in your home. Like any pollens, dust and other airborne allergens, mold can cause a host of reactions in […]
Clean up any leaks or spills right away. If moisture is removed within 24-48 hours of appearing, mold is unlikely to grow. Check your roof and repair or replace it immediately if you detect a leak; also repair any cracks or openings in your siding, and make sure your rain gutters are clear of […]
If you’ve got allergies or asthma, mold in the home is bad news. Fortunately, Allergic Living’s handy how-to guide will spare you from the spores. By Jennifer Van Evra It’s the houseguest you never want – and one of the toughest to send packing. Especially in damp climates, indoor mold is one of the most […]
Allergic Living set out in search of architecturally designed homes that put indoor pollutants on notice. Our columnist reports back with four outstanding residences that incorporate allergy and air quality considerations, green sensibility and, of course, great looks.
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 […]
For millions of homeowners, it’s an all-too-familiar scene: Your kitchen is so outdated, it could easily pass for a spread in a 1970s IKEA catalog. To boot, the counters are scratched, the cupboard doors are hanging by a thread and the appliances are fast becoming antiques. It’s time for a change – and a new […]
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 […]
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 […]