Why pets make babies healthier

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Why pets make babies healthier

 

When a new baby comes into the home, one of the first things you think about is what is or is not safe for my baby? Often, having your beloved pets continue living in your home is questioned once your little bundle of love arrives.

But fear not! It has been reported by researchers in the journal Pediatrics, that babies who grow up in a home with a pet – namely a dog or a cat – are less likely to get sick than children who live pet-free.

Previous research has supported the same findings in addition to children having lower risk of allergies. Even over sanitizing your house is not in the best interest of your baby. A recent study in mice found that overexposure to household dust from homes with a dog actually prevented infection with a common respiratory virus that’s thought to increase asthma in children.

We know, we know… how can this be? It feels like it goes against everything we’ve been told. How do pets really protect against these diseases?

“We think the exposure to pets somehow matures the immune system so when the child meets the microbes, he might be better prepared for them,” says Dr. Eija Bergroth, a pediatrician at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland who led the current study.

Basically by allowing our children to be exposed to these things while they’re young, it gives them a chance to build up immunities they wouldn’t otherwise have. What it comes down to is that you don’t need to get rid of your pet because you are having a new baby join your family. Pets are family too and they actually contribute to the overall health of your baby. What fantastic news!

How to remove odors from hockey equipment.

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How to remove odors from hockey equipment

It’s almost impossible to play hockey and not end up with gear odor. Hours of sweat and grime build up and the result isn’t pretty.  It’s also not safe.

Dirty, sweaty gear is a breeding ground for germs, mildew and mold. Wounds could get infected and quickly become serious. Flesh-eating infections, for example, have resulted in limb amputations. MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to many types of antibiotics, can be fatal.  These scenarios may be at the extreme, but at the bare minimum, any smelly, germy gear is a concern.

GOOD NEWS!  Easy prevention is at hand with simple, but important, cleaning tips.

  • Air it out. Dry gear is a much less-hospitable environment for germs. Use a low-cost laundry drying rack air everything out after practice, including pads, gloves and the insoles of your skates. Turn a fan on it and plug in an AirRestore Air Naturalizer. The Air Naturalizer will help break down the particles that make it smell bad and target bacteria and other germs. Spray the inside of your bag with an anti-microbial spray, and leave it open so it can dry. Simply set a corded Air Naturalizer inside for extra clean-up power.
  • Wash it. Check the tags or instructions that came with each item to see if it can be submerged in water. Some items can go in a wash machine.
  • Avoid bleach for protective gear; it can break down the foam and plastic components.
  • Invest in a good layer of clothing to wear under your gear. Air those items out after each use, and wash them frequently.
  • For your skates: Wet a towel with vinegar and wipe out the insides and dry it with another towel. Then put a corded Air Naturalizer inside each skate to zap the odors and germs.
  • Use a towel with mild soap and warm water to wipe off your helmet and clean the face mask, including the chin cup. Go over everything with another damp towel to remove the soap, and let it dry.
  • If your gear is especially ripe, fill the wash machine and let the gear soak, then drain the water and run the gear through a full wash cycle.
  • Dry it. Most gear (other than clothing layers) won’t hold up well in the dryer. Instead, spread everything out so air can get to it — preferably in the sun — and let a fan blow on it for several hours or overnight. This is another great time to use your AirRestore Air Naturalizer, which can tackle odors or germs that may have survived the wash.
  • Don’t forget your mouth guard! Soak it in mouthwash and scrub it with a toothbrush.

Tackling tough carpet odors.

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Tackling tough carpet odors.

 

If you’ve recently moved into a home that had a previous tenant, or if your roommate has moved out, chances are the carpets need some help with odor issues.

For starters, it’s always a good idea to have the carpets cleaned. You can do it yourself, if you are feeling energetic. Look for a “green” cleaner in your grocery store to avoid products that put toxins into the air. (Seventh Generation and Simple Green make carpet cleaners.) If you are renting a cleaning machine, rinse the chamber before using it to remove any chemicals from the previous user.

If you have a large area that needs cleaning, you may want to hire professionals. Look for companies that use “green” products, such as plant-based solvents, and those that use nontoxic steam extraction.

Give the carpets plenty of time to dry before moving your furniture back into place.

In the meantime, plug in your AirRestore Air Naturalizers. It will help tackle air pollutants, odors and dander that may be lingering in the air as well as particles that have been stirred up by all the activity.

To find out more about AirRestore, click here.

Remove Paint Odors

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If you’ve ever painted the interior of your house, you know that fresh paint has a very powerful odor and it can take anywhere from days to weeks for the smell to dissipate. Have you ever thought about the side effects of paint fumes? Are they harmful to breathe?

The answer is yes, they are dangerous to the health of you and your family. When inhaled in significant amounts or for prolonged periods of time, common side effects of paint fumes include eye and respiratory irritation, headache, and dizziness. Some studies even show that direct exposure to paint fumes can also increase the risk of asthma.

Pregnant women are especially susceptible. Certain solvents found in fresh paint are suspected of increasing the risk of miscarriage. If you must be present during the painting process, please be sure to wear a face mask and gloves for protection.

Ideally, to avoid the negative side effects of paint fumes, you should leave your home until the paint has completely dried. Unfortunately, this isn’t practical for everyone. And even after the new paint has dried the smell still lingers.

To get rid of that new paint smell fast, and for the sake of your health, plug in an AirRestore Air Naturalizer. AirRestore doesn’t just cover up the smell, it breaks the down the odor particles in the air and virtually eliminates them. This will take care of those harmful paint fumes in no time. Not only that, but your family and guests, which you will surely invite over to view your freshly painted home, will thank you as well.

Take AirRestore on your skiing adventures.

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Have the Winter Olympics in Sochi made you eager to do some downhill skiing of your own? Before you grab your gear and hit the slopes, make sure you have your corded Air Naturalizer packed! It will come in handy in several ways:

On the drive: If you are heading to the mountains in an automobile, keep the air fresh while you drive by using AirRestore. It’s too cold right now to roll the windows down for fresh air, but a corded AirRestore Air Naturalizer and car adapter (available through AirRestore) will do the trick!

In the chalet/cabin/hotel room: Plug in your Air Naturalizer when you arrive to tackle pollutants and odors left behind by cleaning staff and previous occupants.

After skiing: After a long day on the slopes, your boots and other gear are going to need a little help in the odor department. Place items needing freshening in your duffel bag. Plug in your Air Naturalizer and place it in the bag with your gear. Zip the bag closed and let the Air Naturalizer work for a few hours. Then pull out your fresh-smelling gear! This also works great for boots – set the Air Naturalizer inside each boot and let it run for an hour or so (depending on the strength of the odor).

Clean air is crucial for daycare centers

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How clean is the air in your child’s day care center? Is it clean enough for young children to be breathing every day? Harmful contaminants build up quickly indoors. Everything from outdoor air pollution to off-gassing from carpets to allergens and germs can accumulate in the home, causing all kinds of problems. Clean air and daycare centers is an important concern for parents.

Exposure to dirty air can be dangerous for babies. A study published by the American Thoracic Society says dirty air can increase the risk of infants developing bronchiolitis, a serious respiratory infection.

Dirty air and asthma: The March of Dimes says polluted air can worsen symptoms for young children with asthma.

Air contaminants and autism: Harvard researchers found pregnant women who were exposed to certain pollutants at high levels were twice as likely to have an autistic child compared to pregnant women who lived in areas with low pollution levels. You can read more about that study here.

The AirRestore Air Naturalizer can help keep air clean for babies and children by removing the particles that shouldn’t be there — like pollution, allergens, bacteria and particles that cause odors.

Other great uses for AirRestore in homes with small children:

Diaper duty: Using an AirRestore Air Naturalizer is a great way to stay on top of baby-related odors, like those around the garbage and the stinky diaper pail. For a baby who spits up frequently, the Air Naturalizer also can be the perfect way to keep those dirty-laundry smells under control.

Got a smelly pile of shoes at the door? Plug in an AirRestore Air Naturalizer to keep the odor at bay.

Spilled milk: Remove the smell from carpet or upholstery by placing the Air Naturalizer face-down over the spot for several minutes. If the spill has been there for a few days, spray a mist of water over it, then use the Air Naturalizer to pull the odors out of the fabric.

Office and Break Room Odors

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We’ve all been there. You buy some delicious, aromatic food for lunch; or you heat up tasty-but-pungent leftovers. As soon as you take your first bite, your cube mate or next-door office neighbor glances at your desk with a grimace. Just because the food smells amazing to you doesn’t mean your colleagues are enjoying it. And for any coworkers who are pregnant, the smell of many types of food can trigger miserable bouts of nausea.

Don’t be that guy or gal. No one wants to be the one with the smelly lunch.

But we’re not saying you should change your lunch menu. Instead, we offer a simple solution: Plug in an AirRestore Air Naturalizer. It will tackle strong food odors and will keep the air in your office fresh 24/7. Keep it running on low throughout the day, and flip the switch to the middle or to the left (for the high setting) while you eat your lunch.

You could even get an extra benefit. Breathing cleaner air has been shown to improve cognitive function. So your work performance can get a boost, and your colleagues will thank you for not flooding their work space with strong smells.

Win-win.

Find out more about AirRestore here.

How to get rid of a mystery odor:

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How to get rid of a mystery odor

 

What’s the smell? Where is it coming from? All you know is it is disgusting, and you can’t get rid of it soon enough. Sometimes we have to turn into detectives to figure out what may be causing an unpleasant odor in the house or car.

 

Common sources include:

  • Spoiled food in the refrigerator
  • Rotting food in bottom of garbage can
  • Spilled milk
  • Garbage disposal
  • Spill under the fridge, oven or dishwasher
  • A dead rodent
  • Water causing mold or mildew
  • Dirty diaper pail
  • Cat litter box or puppy pee pad
  • Bird cage
  • Fish tank or aquarium

First, plug in your AirRestore system of Air Naturalizers, dispersing them throughout your home. They will get to work right away, cleaning up the odors in the air and leaving it smelling fresh.

Do a thorough, top-to-bottom cleaning of your home. Clean out the fridge, throw away anything that looks past its prime, and take out the trash right away afterward. Scrub the garbage container out with water with a little bleach in it, and let it dry thoroughly. Wash off the outside of the container, too. Clean the floors, especially in the kitchen, where spilled milk can cause big odor problems. Pull out big appliances and clean the floor beneath them.

Still smell it? Empty/clean anything your pets may have done their business in: Clean out the litter box or pee pad; inspect the carpets and furniture for any “accidents” and look for anything suspicious in piles of blankets and laundry. Empty the diaper pail and clean it well.

Put vinegar and baking soda down the disposal. Let it set for 10 minutes, then run water through to flush it out. You also can pour lemon juice down the disposal or grind small pieces of citrus peels in it to freshen it up.

Have your roof inspected for water damage. Look at the flashing to make sure none is leaking.

Check the traps under sinks, showers or tubs that rarely are used. Run some water through these fixtures to keep dangerous sewer gases away. Check the attic for signs of rodents.

Inspect your furnace filter to see if it needs to be changed.

If you have a chimney, have it checked for bird carcasses. They sometimes get trapped in chimneys, causing odors and other problems.

Help! My kitchen appliance is making my home stink!

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My kitchen appliance is making my home stink!

What do you do if your appliance is working great, but it is making your house smell bad? This is a common problem with dishwashers, especially.

One place to check is the strainer at the bottom. Are chunks of food collecting there? If so, you’ll need to clean it out. Then try the vinegar and baking soda trick: Spread baking soda on the bottom of the dishwasher, and pour vinegar around on top of it. It will get bubbly, and as it does so, it will clean out the gunk that has built up. After you’ve let it set for 10-20 minutes, run the dishwasher and let it dry. Another cleaning agent to try is Glisten. It’s a powder you can buy in small packets and run through the dishwasher like you would with powder dishwasher soap.

If your garbage disposal is the source of the stink, try running pieces of citrus peels through it. Use small chucks, as some disposals have a hard time grinding up large pieces. You also could pour fresh lemon juice into it and let it set for a bit. Or use the vinegar/baking soda technique: Sprinkle a bit of baking soda down the disposal and pour a cup or so of vinegar on it. Let that mixture bubble and fizz for 10-20 minutes, then flush it out with warm water. Repeat if needed.

As always, you’ll want to be running your AirRestore Air Naturalizers in the problem areas. They are great at taking care of unwanted odors in the home. The Air Naturalizer creates a charged flow that cleans the air like Mother Nature does outdoors. The result is fresh, clean air that doesn’t smell like spoiled food or garbage (or pets, grease, cat litter odor or cooking smells, as the case may be).

New to AirRestore? Talk to your local Dealer to find out more.

My home is musty. How do I eliminate the odor?

My home is musty.

Sometimes a house can develop a smell that’s not easy to pinpoint. It’s just kind of “off,” stale or musty. If this has happened in your home, you know how frustrating it can be.

The best way to stay on top of odors in your home is by using Organic Air Technology, a home air cleaner. These filterless devices emit a charged flow that cleans up the air indoors like Mother Nature does outdoors. The result is powerful odor control: Clean air that is fresh and pleasant to breathe, without the musty smell. Your local AirRestore Dealer can tell you more about the technology.

There also are a few things you can investigate in your home to make sure the smell isn’t a sign of a serious problem.

• Check for leaks in the crawlspace in your home. Sometimes pipes or air intakes can be the culprit; other times it’s just an area that’s not sealed or insulated well.

• This also is a good time to check the vents on the roof to make sure none of them are blocked. While there, inspect the roof for water damage. Also, look at the flashing on the windows and doors to ensure it is in good condition and doing what it should do.

• Check the insulation in the attic. If it has a strange odor, it could be damp from a leak, or it could just be full of years’ worth of cooking smells that were vented up into the space. If the smell is overpowering, it’s probably time to replace the insulation.

 Another problem could be mold. Hardware and big-box stores usually sell test kits that help check for mold growth in the home.

• Or, you may just need to do a thorough cleaning. If you have piles of paper around the house, go through them and get rid of as much as possible. Paper collects moisture, and if it gets damp, it could become full of mildew. You also might need to scrub your kitchen well — including walls, cabinets, sides of appliances, etc. Grease and food particles can cement themselves to those surfaces, so getting rid of the grime can improve the smell situation.

• Clean the carpet. Years of use can trap years of odors. Giving it a good steam cleaning can give the carpet a fresh start.

• The AirRestore Air Naturalizer also works great on carpet odors and for spot-treating pet accidents. Mist the air above the spot with a little water and set the AirRestore Air Naturalizer next to it. Let it run for an hour or so. It will virtually eliminate the odor.