December 10, 2018
It doesn’t truly feel like the holidays until you catch a scent of pine, cinnamon, or freshly baked cookies. If you’re still searching for the holiday spirit this year, one of the quickest remedies is to fill your home with the comforting and familiar scents of the season.
Seasonal candles may seem like the best way to add some holiday cheer to your home--but wait! Before you reach for the matches, have you thought about how you could be affecting your health?
Unfortunately, most scented candles and air fresheners contain harmful chemicals known as VOCs, which are released into your air once the candle is burned. VOCs can sometimes come in scary packages–like Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Acetone. Once these chemicals are released in your air, they can easily travel into your lungs and, eventually, blood stream.
Short-term side effects of VOCs include headaches as well as itchy eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Too much exposure to VOCs has also been linked to eczema flare-ups, acne breakouts, hives, allergies, asthma attacks, and cancer.
Don't worry! You can still spread holiday cheer in your home without using candles. Here are three ways you can quickly replace your holiday scented candles and still keep your home festive:
While pine cones can smell amazing on their own, give them an extra boost with this simple recipe.
Hanging herbs around your home is a great way to fill your home with both decorations and holiday scents.
Gather pine, rosemary, thyme, sage, cinnamon sticks, and a slice of dried orange together with a piece of twine for the perfect holiday blend!
This is an age-old trick for filling your home with a classic holiday scent, and it only takes a few steps!
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for holiday cheer--but many of us don’t realize the air in our homes can be filled with chemicals and other toxins that can threaten our safety.
If you want to really know what’s in the air you’re breathing, you can get started with an indoor air quality monitor, like Awair 2nd Edition. Awair 2nd Edition tracks invisible fine dust and chemicals in your air and provides personalized recommendations to help you stay safe and healthy.
We're wrapping up our Healthy Spring Cleaning Checklist series with our final Bathroom checklist to make sure your home is clean and healthy for another year to come.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) gets a lot of attention--from the news to science textbooks. This is for a good reason, but it often seems like we’re bombarded with complicated information about this simple gas. That’s why we took the time to break down the facts about CO2, and why carbon dioxide levels are important to you.
Houseplants have quickly become one of the best on-trend ways to add color and life to your home. It seems like the benefits of having a houseplant are endless — some have been known to regulate temperature in your home, keep your home's humidity in check, and certain houseplants can even help clean harmful chemicals from your air.