Healthier Greener Homes

My latest concern, likely in response to some incessant commercials on the subject, is the existence of disgusting, invisible dust mites that camp out in our mattresses, living off our skin flakes (yuck!) and generally up to no good.
Think the flame retardant Tris is a thing of the past? Think again. Last week the Washington Toxics Coalition and Safer States released a study that found 80 percent of new baby and children's products tested positive for chlorinated Tris (TDCPP).
With a little planning and creativity, you can create a safe costume, save a little money and reduce your waste for an all-around green Halloween!
We know the mantra well: "Reduce, reuse, recycle." But recycling certain household items may be trickier than you think.
It's clear that we need to keep mold from growing in our homes and that prevention is the easiest solution. But when you're stuck with some nasty black fungus in your tile grout, it doesn't have to involve caustic chemicals.
You may be tucking your little one in with sneaky intruders each night -- and magic monster spray won't make them go away.
Just 50 years ago, most chemicals found under our sinks existed only in chemistry labs. Today, we consider them essential to modern life.
Most of us, thank goodness, don't get sick right away when we drink tap water. But it's the long-term effects of very small amounts of contaminants that are troubling.
There are real health hazards to be found in the kitchen. We'll take a look at the top priorities -- from the food you buy, to preparation techniques, to the kitchen products you use.
The U.S. is in the midst of an asthma epidemic. The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million in the last decade.
Have you ever looked at the ingredient list of your favorite fragrance? I guarantee you cannot pronounce most of the words. That can't be good.
When we overuse antibacterial soap, the germs get smart and become resistant to the chemicals we use against them. Isn't that ironic?
The good news is that several states have taken the lead and banned BPA. California has just followed suit this week with legislation requiring the elimination of BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups made or sold after July 1, 2013.
Would you believe me if I told you even your unborn child has toxins flowing through her blood? It's scary, but true.
It turns out that the pollution inside our homes is worse than outside. Your home may smell clean and feel safe when it's actually filled with toxins from cleaners, paint, tap water, furniture and more.