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Off-Gassing: The Other Side of the Story

Off-gassing is the evaporation of chemicals from a material. Furniture, plastics, vinyl products, paint, new cars, clothing, cosmetics, water bottles, carpet, and mattresses do it, to name just a few. Off-gassing materials emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and small particulate substances throughout the life of the material. An amazing resource, the Collaborative on Health and […]

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15 Houseplants That Will Clear the Air in Your Home

Aloe (Aloe vera) This easy-to-grow, sun-loving succulent helps clear formaldehyde and benzene, which can be a byproduct of chemical-based cleaners, paints and more. Aloe is a smart choice for a sunny kitchen window. Beyond its air-clearing abilities, the gel inside an aloe plant can help heal cuts and burns. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Even if […]

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Houseplants – Removing Indoor Toxins (part 1 of 2)

Common indoor plants may provide a valuable weapon in the fight against rising levels of indoor air pollution.  NASA scientists are finding them to be surprisingly useful in absorbing potentially harmful gases and cleaning the air inside homes, indoor public spaces and office buildings. The indoor pollutants that affect health are formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds […]

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Soy & Paraffin Candles

Advantages of Paraffin Candles: Paraffin wax candles burn at a higher temperature than do soy candles–paraffin can be formed into candlesticks, pillars, votives and other free-standing shapes. Disadvantages of Paraffin Candles: Burning candles made from paraffin wax emit carcinogens into the air. This fast-burning wax creates a plethora of byproducts, including benzene, acetone, xylene, formaldehyde […]

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Soy vs Paraffin Candles

A soak in a steamy tub, surrounded by candles sure seems like a great way to unwind. But new research suggests that burning certain kinds of candles may generate indoor air pollutants. Researchers at South Carolina State University studied petroleum-based and vegetable-source candles to determine their emissions. They let candles from different manufacturers burn for […]

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