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Where do bedbugs come from?

Bedbugs make me positively nauseous. I shudder just thinking about them. Bedbugs are my biggest fear about staying in hotels — so much so, in fact, that though I once used to enjoy sleeping in a luxurious hotel bed, I…

9 unusual ways air pollution harms your health

Air pollution is harmful to the environment and our bodies: There’s the risk of respiratory diseases, fatigue and headaches, anxiety, cardiovascular damage, harm to reproductive organs, damage to the liver, spleen, blood and even the nervous system, according to Active…

What can I do to avoid germs in public restrooms?

Like many people, I get the heebie-jeebies from public bathrooms. When I’m on a road trip, I’ll hold it in for miles to avoid having to go at some nondescript gas station bathroom that requires a key to unlock. So…

You don't even want to know what's in your dust

Forget your human roommates. You’re likely sharing your living space with thousands of little friends. Those dust bunnies in your house are cute, but likely full of hazardous chemicals. More specifically, phthalates, phenols and flame retardants are released into the…

When spring cleaning doesn't bring you joy

It’s that time of year. When everything starts blooming and the weather warms up, there’s some innate drive within us to clean the house. After being cooped up all winter, it’s only natural to want to deodorize, disinfect and clear…

Why listening to music while trying to do something creative is a terrible idea

Everyone has their own way of getting those finicky creative juices flowing. Sometimes, it’s a walk around the block. Or maybe it’s the surprisingly effective mental tonic that is forest bathing. Or maybe you like to watch cute puppy videos…

Ikea curtains pull double-duty as air purifiers

In 2010, Ikea debuted its first-ever air purifier, a somewhat curious-looking device that didn’t make its way to American stores until 2014 when it briefly joined the Patrull (Swedish for “patrol”) line of home safety-promoting odd and ends — think…

'Green inequity' plagues U.S. cities, study finds

In America, financial wealth can get you a lot of things: power, prestige, influence and even greater access to woody vegetation. A newly released study conducted by forestry experts at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and published in the…