Indoor Air Quality

10 Tips for Controlling Eczema Outbreaks

Eczema affects one in three Australasians at some stage in their lives, a skin disease characterized by mild to extreme inflammation of the skin according to Eczema Association Australia (n.d.).  The frequent itchiness can make daily life difficult and stressful for the eczema sufferer. Chronic eczema can result in thickening and pigmentation of the skin …

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10 Indoor Plants to Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

Indoor plants are a great way to add a touch of nature in your home. Besides providing an uplifting aesthetic appeal, indoor plants can play a very important role in improving the indoor air quality in your home and office. Bill Wolverton an environmental scientist, who worked with NASA in the 1960’s and 70’s, was …

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Improve Indoor Air Quality with these 11 DIY Cleaning Products

In our post, 5 Natural and Safe Home Cleaning Solutions, we talked about  keeping your home sparkling clean with natural and chemical free products such as lemon, baking soda, vinegar and olive oils.  Switching to these relatively inexpensive natural household cleaning products will improve the indoor air quality in your home and keep it smelling fresh. …

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How the MAD Shopper Can Help You Live a VOC-Free Life

An interior design, styling and homewares business that Makes A Difference…That’s MAD for short. They believe your home should feel good and look great without compromising your health or our beautiful planet. Most furnishings and interior products are made using a toxic combination of chemicals that release VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) into our homes and workplaces, …

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4 Simple Ways to Prevent Chemical Pollution in Your Home

We have little control on the pollution outside. But when it comes to our homes, we should be able to live in a healthier environment. Unfortunately, our lifestyle choices can cause a great deal of pollution in the indoor environment as well. Learn some ways you can prevent chemical pollution for you and your family …

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6 Ways to Protect Your Home from Sick Building Syndrome

Sick building syndrome (SBS) describes a situation when the inhabitants of a building report various symptoms of illness, but these symptoms lessen when they spend time away from the building. Symptoms of SBS The number of people affected or the sickness symptoms displayed, varies across buildings suspected to have SBS. SBS is typically associated with office buildings. For …

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Beware of VOCs in Paint

It is estimated that there are almost 60,000 tonnes of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) released into Australia’s atmosphere every year. Major paint manufacturers contribute significantly to this amount using tints that contain high levels of VOCs. Traditional oil-based paints are generally composed of 35-50% chemicals including aromatic hydrocarbons, ketones, alcohol, esters, volatile plasticisers and fungicides, …

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Keep Your Baby Off That Foam Crib Mattress – VOCs may be Present

Volatile Organic Compounds are released into the environment from a number of places in the home. Foam is a prime example – the VOCs come from the adhesives, solvents, catalysts and resins used in the manufacturing process. Long after production, they continue to volatilise. And where is foam found? In crib mattresses, cushion car seats …

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