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Keeping Fall Allergies in Check

Although the summer is winding down and there is less pollen in the air, fall allergens like ragweed, mold and dust remain problems for many. A lot of people just wait it out until the first frost for relief of their worst symptoms. However, there are a few easy tips for keeping these triggers at bay in your home that will ensure that you and your family are comfortable during the fall allergyseason.

Fall is coming! Make sure you're prepared!

Fall is coming! Make sure you're prepared!

Clean Duct Work – Fall is the best time to remove any mold or dust from your duct work. Summer’s humid air carries pollen that can agitate your family’s allergies. Having your home’s HVAC system cleaned will ensure that any allergens will be removed, so they won’t be re-circulating through your home.

Dust and Vacuum – Keeping your house clean and free of dust makes a big difference if you suffer from allergies. Run the vacuum at least 3 times per week, especially in high traffic areas of your home. Dusting should also be a priority in the fall. Try to keep surfaces clear to make dusting easier. If you have blinds hanging in the windows, consider switching to fabric curtains or sheers. Horizontal blinds attract dust and are difficult to clean.

Bathe Pets – If you have outdoor/indoor pets make sure they’re bathed regularly, as they carry allergens in their fur. If you take Fido out for a lengthy walk, give him a good brushing and let him shake it off before you take him back inside. This will remove a good amount of anything he may have picked up while outside.

Get Some Fresh Air – Just because you suffer from allergies doesn’t mean you can’t let fall’s crisp breeze flow through the open windows. To ease allergy symptoms keep the windows shut between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., these are peak allergy hours. You can also check the allergy forecast in your area before you open the windows at weather.com.

Reduce Mold – Cleaning your bathrooms regularly will help prevent the amount of mold in your home. Make sure your shower curtain is cleaned regularly, as well as your bathroom windows and walls. Use a mix of water and bleach to kill mold and bacteria, and then turn on the fan to circulate air. You can also control mold in your home by keeping the humidity under 50%.

This post was written by guest blogger Amanda Goldberg at Erie Construction – many thanks.



Indestructible Happy Meal!

Although fast food joints are not recommended as a regular means of sustenance due to the lack of fresh, organic ingredients and cooking methods used (good one’s do exist, I know this), this interesting find by one resident of New York proved to be quite an eye opener for most.

The Experiment

Manhattan vegan Sally Davies purchased a Happy Meal from her local McDonalds complete with small fries and began her work titled the “Happy Meal Project.” Sitting to one side on a shelf in her Manhattan apartment, Sally began to take daily photographs of the meal. “I bought the meal on April 10 of this year and brought it home with the express intention of leaving it out to see how it fared” said Sally, aged 54.

“I chose McDonald’s because it was nearest to my house, but the project could have been about any other myriad of fast food joints in New York. The first thing that struck me, was that after 2 days the food no longer emitted any smell. My dogs who circled the meal on the day I bought it, were no longer interested after 2 days”

Yummy! Just what the doctor ordered.

To the shock of Mrs Davies, the meal showed no signs of rotting or decomposing after a whopping two weeks. The experiment has now reached 6 months, with the food gaining a slight “acrylic sheen” to it. “The only change I’ve really noticed, is that it has become as hard as a rock.”

The Response

When approached and asked if their food was biodegradable or not, McDonald’s spokesperson Danya Proud said; “This is nothing more than an outlandish claim and is completely false.”

Head on over to the Daily Mail and make your own decision on the photographic evidence provided.

Now, what shall I have for lunch today – Any ideas?