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Thinking of Buying an Air Purifier?

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If you live in a big city, close to a major highway or just have some unbearable allergies, chances are, you've probably considered buying an indoor air filter at some point. Maybe you were overwhelmed at the amount of choices that the internet offered, or just weren't sure which brands were safe and actually worked. Take a deep breath, we're here to help you pick out an air purifier that works for you and lessens the amount of air pollution in your house!

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Protect Your Crawling Baby From Chemicals With These 3 Tips

Have your baby safely explore their surroundings!

Once a baby starts to crawl, they're always on the move! After you've baby-proofed your outlets and stairs, it's worth considering how to keep your little one safe from harmful chemicals as well. Since babies are low to the ground when moving about and are constantly putting their hands in their mouth, they're especially at risk of exposure. Check out our top three tips on how to keep your baby safe while they're crawling and exploring!


1. Leave Shoes at the Door

Wearing shoes around the house can bring in a lot of nasty chemicals and other contaminants from the outdoors. Picture where you walk in a typical day: busy city streets, public restrooms, the back of a ride share car. Do you really want whatever is on the bottom of your shoes ending up on your carpets? As soon as you get home, take your shoes off at the door! You can even have a cute shoe storage container in your foyer so you don't forget to take them off. Leaving your shoes at the door is also a great excuse to invest in a pair of cute new slippers.


2. Vacuum More Frequently

Household dust can contain all sorts of things. Along with the usual suspects of pet hair and crumbs from breakfast, dust can contain harmful chemicals like flame retardants. Flame retardants are serious chemicals that can cause cancer and mess with our immune system. These toxic chemicals migrate out of electronics and furniture and end up around your house. Vacuuming more frequently will keep your baby safe from dust accumulating on the floor. If you're in the market for a new vacuum, we have some recommendations!


3. More Hand Washing

Washing your hands and your baby's hands is super important, even if neither of you have left the house! Babies put their hands in their mouth a LOT, especially when they're eating. And as we mentioned above, there could be a lot of gross stuff on your floor you weren't aware of. Before each meal and snack, make sure to make a pitstop at the sink to wash hands! We recommend washing hands for at least 20 seconds. Or, if you're on the go and the nearest bathroom is miles away, we have some awesome hand sanitizer recs.

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7 HEPA Filter Vacuums

We reviewed the best options to help reduce allergens and toxic chemicals in your house

Updated for 2019!

If your old vacuum is on the fritz or you're looking to make a new investment, we rounded up 9 HEPA filter vacuums in a variety of styles that are highly reviewed. What is a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air ) Filter? HEPA filters, as defined by the United States Department of Energy must remove at least 99.97% of airborne particles 0.3 micrometers (µm) in diameter. Basically a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter basically catches and removes dust and small particles, instead of blowing them back out into the room. It's much better for children and people living with allergies or asthma. But it's also good if you want to remove toxic chemicals like flame retardants from your home, since the filter will trap these small particles.

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As kids spend more time at home, remember to dust more frequently 🧹. Normal household products can toxic chemicals like flame retardants, phthalates, and lead 😵. These chemicals can drift out of the products and accumulate in household dust. To reduce the amount of dust your children are exposed to, either use a HEPA-filter vacuum or wipe down dusty surfaces with a damp cloth. ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ ⠀
Flame retardants. These chemicals are in a ton of consumer products, but they’re not so good for your health. Flame retardant chemicals can easily move from a product onto our skin. ⁣ A recent scientific study has shown that increased household cleaning 🧹or hand washing 🧼(or both! ) can reduce your exposure to flame retardants by half. Removing dust and washing hands before eating are key in reducing the amount of chemicals you’re exposed to. A new reason for spring cleaning! ⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ .⁣ ⁣ ⁣
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Our Checklist for Cleaning Everything in Your Home

Want to clean your home in a "green" and non-toxic way, but don't know where to start?

Sometimes when you look around your dirty messy house, it can be so hard to know where to start. Well, we've thought of everything, so you don't have to! And even if you've got a cleaning routine down, sometimes you just need a checklist so that you can feel good about checking off some boxes! So, throw on your favorite playlist and use this list for a safe, healthy, and clean home.

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So, today, we are sharing 6 super easy things you can do that will help you limit your (and your family's) lead exposure. They are all super easy and require little to no money investment at all. Use a door mat and take your shoes off at the door. This is also a great excuse to get those cozy slippers you've been eyeing. Mop your floors. Okay, this is not super fun, but even just moping a couple times more a month than you normally do greatly reduces the amount of lead that just sort of collects in the dust around your home. Wipe down surfaces with a wet microfiber cloth. It catches more than a regular duster - we promise. Also, don't forget about the window sills. Use cold tap water instead of hot whenever you cook. Wash your hands. Just, like, always. But seriously, wash them after you do things outside and every time before you eat. Wash stuffed animals or pillows if you can.
But, don't worry, you can breath easy because we've done the research to help you figure out how to pick out the right air purifier for you! Another tip, try cleaning more often (we've got you covered there too! ) to make sure smoke and soot and settling in the dust in your home.
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