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Tips to Stop a Mold Problem

  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 […]

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How To: Get a Hold on Mold

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 […]

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

For millions of homeowners, it’s an all-too-familiar scene: Your kitchen is so outdated, it could easily pass for a spread in a 1970s IKEA catalog.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 […]

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Allergy-Friendly, Eco-Friendly Flooring

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

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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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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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Allergic Living’s Safe Paint Picks

Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint line www.benjaminmoore.ca Why? Zero-VOC paint and tint line; interior and exterior paints. Boomerang Recycled Paint www.boomerangpaint.com Why? Recycled paint that’s low-VOC. Easy on the environment, made in Canada. Mythic Non-Toxic Paint www.mythicpaint.com Why? Great paint: no-VOCs; lovely colours; a company proud of its certifications. Farrow and Ball Clay Paint www.farrow-ball.com Why? A […]

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True Colors: Non-toxic Painting

Painting a room or two is the single easiest project to undertake to improve the look of your home. A fresh coat brightens a room, and a properly chosen colour can help to set a mood. And importantly in tough economic times, paint won’t break the bank. However, to ensure the project is as healthy […]

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15 Ways to Clean Up Your Home’s Air

The choices you make within your own home can improve the quality of air your family inhales. Home Detox Buy unscented cleaning supplies without harsh chemicals. Or, make your own: for example, mix one part lemon juice with two parts vegetable oil to make a furniture polish; use baking soda and water for scouring bathtubs, […]

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5 Plants That Clean Your Home’s Air

We spend up to 90 per cent of our time indoors, sealed tightly into our homes, trying to prevent costly energy loss and escape the chill of winter. But there’s a big looming cloud over the cozy picture. It’s inside air pollution. In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Agency labels indoor air one of the top […]

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