Is Antibacterial Soap a Friend or Foe to Your Health and Home?

By: Cristina Santiestevan Studies suggest antibacterial product claims, at least for products with triclosan, are hype. Are you safe? Triclosan, a hospital-strength ingredient that became the most common antibacterial ingredient in consumer products like dish and hand soaps, children’s toys, and cutting boards, has been linked to thyroid problems, developmental disorders, and cancer. One recent…

Is Your Carpet Pad Making You Sick?

By: Jan Soults Walker Carpet padding treated with fire retardants raises some environmental red flags that could affect your household’s health. Should you be concerned? Why the concern? Some tests show that over the long-term, even low concentrations of PBDEs may cause problems with hormone systems and brain development. For families with infants and children…

Create a Home Emergency Preparedness Kit

By: Wendy Paris Preparing a home emergency preparedness kit you hope never to use may seem like a waste of time and money. But when disasters happen that are beyond your control, you can take charge of how you respond. “What became clear in Hurricane Katrina is that in big events, the government isn’t going…