25 days for healthier homes and offices

by Alja Isakovic

December marks the time of the year when we start thinking about new beginnings. A lot of New Year’s resolutions are about our own health, but we also wanted to share daily advice that can help you jump into 2015 with a healthy home or office.

25 days for healthier homes and offices

Starting with December 1, we’ll post a small, practical tip every day up until Christmas:

25 days for a healthier home: attached to an old carpet? Make sure it’s not suffocating you!

by Alja Isakovic

You know that old carpet that you inherited from your grandparents? You might be emotionally attached to it, but make sure it’s not polluting the air you breathe every day. Carpeted surfaces can provide a very cozy shelter to molds and other pollutants.

Give your carpets longer life and your lungs fresh air by regularly vacuuming with high performance filters, strong suction, and occasionally even hot water extraction cleaning. Also, make sure to clean liquid spills immediately to prevent mold from developing.

25 days for a healthier home: attached to an old carpet? Make sure it’s not suffocating you!

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25 days for a healthier home: choose non-toxic Hanukkah candles

by Alja Isakovic

Will you be lighting the first candle on your Hanukkah menorah in the evening? To keep your entire family healthier, make sure the candles you light in the next 8 days to celebrate the Festival of Light are made from natural materials, such as soybean, palm, hemp, or beeswax. Unfortunately, most candles sold during the winter holidays are made out of paraffin wax and scented with synthetic fragrances, which emit chemicals that can irritate respiratory tracts and even trigger asthma.

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25 days for a healthier office: a bit of noise might be good for creativity, but not for focus

by Alja Isakovic

Busy day at the office? If you’re looking for creative solutions, moderate background noise levels around 70 dB might actually provide you with that extra boost. If you need to focus though, make sure to find a quiet corner where you won’t be interrupted.

25 days for a healthier office: a bit of noise might be good for creativity, but not for focus

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