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Hand sanitizer is everywhere. (Maybe even on your hands right now.) Playgrounds, school lists, grocery stores, TSA lines, waiting rooms, gyms… even, oddly, next to the sink in many public bathrooms. The goal? “Clean.” Friendly Bacteria Outnumber the Bad Guys The dirty secret: The good bacteria far outnumbers the bad amongst the daily grime. Every swipe of antibacterial gel or ...

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For years, we’ve been sold that “clean” meant to sanitize, disinfect, antibacterial everything. But the dirty secret is that the good bacteria far outnumbers the bad amongst the daily grime. We were constantly getting rid of gazillions of friendly bacteria for fear of germs. Soon things began to get a little funky. So funky the FDA made Triclosan and other ...

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Phthalates is one of those terms that keeps coming up in discussions of natural and safe products. But you’re not alone if you’ve seen it and wondered: what is it? Is it really a thing? Or just marketing? Phthalates are the chemicals used to make fragrances last longer in cleaning and personal care products. That crazy strong “pine” or “lavender” ...

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The average American wasted 219 pounds of food in 2010, according to the EPA. That’s more than the weight of the average American man (we checked). Beyond saving money, less food waste is a little way to save IT PREVENTS GLOBAL WARMING Discarded produces methane gas, the second most common greenhouse gas. Keep landfills lighter and less gassy. IT SAVES ...

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Cold and flu season often leads people to grab an old-school bottle: bleach. Here is why cleaning with bleach is not a great idea: FUMES Anyone who’s cleaned with bleach knows – it stinks! Even at low concentrations, people with asthma and other respiratory sensitivities or conditions may experience heightened symptoms after exposure. Irritation such as burning eyes, irritation in ...

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The Connection Between Cleaning and Self-Care Does a clean kitchen mean all is right in your world? Can scrubbing your bathroom de-stress better than a massage? Has sweeping felt like moving meditation? The laizzez-faire cleaners amongst us might say you’re lucky. Science would say you’re on to something. The Psychological Benefits of a Clean Space Living spaces are energetic extensions ...

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Green. Clean. Natural. Sustainable. Organic. There are so many ways products say “better for you” now that it’s hard to know if any of it really mean anything. Rather than add to the confusion, here’s our take on food grade or food safe: What is “food grade”? Food grade ingredients meet the FDA standard to be safe for people to ...

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Winter means Christmas movie marathons (Elf and Love Actually, anyone?), making the most of unexpected snow days, and windows that stay closed 24/7 to keep the house cozy as possible. But while it may save on heating bills and prevent seasonal shivers, keeping your home sealed tight isn’t actually great for your health. When smoke, flu viruses, dust, mold spores, ...

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Fact #1: you spend about a third of your life in bed. Fact #2: Crummy mattresses can sap your energy and make you a sore, sluggish zombie the next day. It’s just good sense to get the best quality mattress you can afford—and quality isn’t just about how a mattress feels. Most conventional mattresses are made with materials that emit ...

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Here at Aunt Fannie’s, our Google News alerts are set to help us stay up to date with everything related to a healthy home environment. From cleaning tips and air quality updates to new research about the microbiome, we’re doing the research to pass along the best tidbits of helpful and exciting info and big ideas right to you. Here’s ...

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