Spring into a Healthier Home

April in NC is beautiful…… blooms everywhere. But also pollen……EVERYWHERE. If you’ve never experienced full blown pine pollen you have NO FREAKIN’ IDEA what a mess it makes everything. It actually hasn’t been as bad this year as in past years because we had a weird snap of really warm weather in early February. Some years it’s so think you can practically shovel it. Which brings me to spring cleaning. I think people love to give everything a deep clean in the Spring because the days are brighter, our energy pick...

Ditch the disinfectant wipes

Are we helping or hurting when we use disinfectant wipes? I read this article today that reinforced what I already suspected about the disinfectant wipes you can purchase at the store. Author Elizabeth Conway states, "Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admits that there is no evidence that cleaning with disinfectants is any better at preventing illness than cleaning with regular soap and water ." She goes on to say that " Disinfectant chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds “quats”, commonly found in wipes are especially problematic. These chemicals are skin irritants, can irritate your lungs, and have been linked to asthma and reproductive harm. The overuse of quats can also lead to the promotion of...