I’ve Got Mold…You Do Too!

The truth is you will find mold of some type almost anywhere on earth.  I’m honest and admit I’ve got mold. At least I know where it lurks. Do you know where mold hides in your home?

got mold in the bathroomMold Mold Everywhere

Mold is everywhere. Whether you live in the south, the north, the midwest or the west. You probably have mold in the house. You folks in Arizona don’t think you have mold? Check the gasket around your refrigerator or front loading washing machine.  Mold is everywhere.  Almost everyday I get a call from someone worried that “toxic mold” is the causing their allergies or asthma to flair up. They want help.

inspect for bed bugs when you get homeHunting for Mold

So, the first thing I do is ask the customer if they see any visible signs of moisture or mold. This may be wet spots, water stains on walls or ceilings or mold on any surface. Next, I ask if the house or room smells musty or moldy. When I ask them why they think mold is the  problem, many times they said they saw something on TV, read a news article or got something in the mail telling them that mold is a killer. They are acting on fear.

Testing for Mold

Yes, mold can cause serious asthma attacks. Mold aggravates or worsens some people’s allergies. yes, mold can even cause death.

But, before you hire a company to test your house for mold, a very expensive process that most insurance companies will not pay for, go through the process I described above.  Trust your eyes and nose. If you see water stains, mold on a wall or smell something damp and musty then it needs to be checked out. There are mold test kits available in big box stores for about $10 that will let you know if there is mold present. For an extra fee, you can send it to a lab and they will tell you what type of mold, mow much and if it is within
acceptable levels.

don't be afraid if you've got mold

If You’ve Got Mold

If it turns out you do have mold, don’t panic. First, stop the moisture. Next, follow the steps we outline on How to Remove Mold. Remember, I’ve got mold, you’ve got mold, we all have some mold. Even if it’s just the rind on our brie.

Mold can be a serious problem but don’t let the hype cause you to waste time, energy and serious money.

 Wishing you the best of health


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Nothing Says I Love You Mom Like Formaldehyde

Mothers give their all to their children.  Loving them, nurturing them, teaching them, providing the physical, emotional, and spiritual care growing children need.

Mother’s Day is a special day, set aside to honor Mom, her sacrifices, and all she does for her family.  Some Mom’s are taken to restaurants for special meals, some Moms have a special meal prepared for them at home or at the home of a family member.  We shower Mom with love and gifts to show how much she means to us.

Some of the most popular Mother’s Day gifts are personal care items that we hope Mom will use to pamper herself.

But did you know that many of the personal care items, even those “specially formulated” for sensitive skin or marketed as “hypoallergenic” are loaded with formaldehyde? The FDA does not restrict the amount of formaldehyde that can be present in cosmetics sold in the U.S.

Read the label of your favorite personal care items.  In too many  cases you will see it prominently listed.

Also if you don’t want a product that contains a formaldehyde-releasing chemical, you have to play detective and scrutinize the product label.  You can find these in shampoos, hairspray, sunscreen, skin lotions and creams, lip balms and even air fresheners.

Chemicals in this category include:

  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Quaternium-15
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Bronopol (2bromo2nitropropane1,3-diol )
  • 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane
  • Hydroxymethylglycinate

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, has designated formaldehyde as a known cause of several types of throat and nasal cancer.  This is the same formaldehyde that is used to preserve that frog in biology class and in embalming fluid!

So if you love Mom and want to show you care…..then why are you trying to embalm her while she is still alive????

Check us out. The Allergy Store carries skin care and hair care products from Vanicream that are free of dyes, scents, and formaldehyde.

Wishing you the best of health
Cheryl Krause

By reducing your exposure to allergens, you may be able to reduce your need for medications and visits to the doctor.  If you want more detailed information,  click here to download your free copy of Cheryl’s e-book” You Can Do It! Allergy Free Living”.

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How to Combat Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are becoming a bigger problem every day.  At The Allergy Store, we field calls daily about how to combat bed bugs. People want to prevent them. Unfortunately, too many people already have them. Sadly, when  people think about bed bugs, they think of seedy hotels. Yeah, not any more. Some of the finest hotels in the world have had to combat bed bugs. Today, bed bugs are in homes, apartments, hotels, cruise ships, dormitories and shelters.

picture of bed bugsLearning About Bed Bugs

Over the years, we’ve found several great articles and resources about bed bugs. Here are just a few:

Harvard University put together a great bedbug problem flowchart for their students living in campus housing. It’s good advice for anyone in a rented area. This includes dorms or apartments.

EHSO provides a wealth of information about bed bugs at their dedicated bed bug page.

The Centers for Disease Control  maintains a bed bug FAQ and information to help you understand the bug’s life cycle.

combat bed bugs by attacking where they hideSteps to Combat Bed Bugs

We tell all our customers to do the following:

  • Clean the infested room thoroughly. Pay special attention to the mattress, bed frame and headboard.
  • Remove the mattress  from the frame and clean the frame and headboard.
  • Vacuum all around the bed, under furniture and in the closet.
  • Clean the baseboards and caulk them if necessary.
  • Vacuum the mattress and then encase it with a bed bug proof encasing. Any bed bugs trapped in the mattress will die.
  • Don’t start spraying pesticides. Let a licensed professional do it. If you are chemically sensitive make sure they know it before any treatment is done.
  • Don’t panic. This too shall pass

Preventing Bed Bug Infestations

As a rule, when we travel we never leave our suitcase on the floor, bed or in the closet. We set it on the dresser or use the luggage rack found in the room. If the hotel doesn’t have a luggage rack, we place our bags in the bathtub.

When you come home, don’t bring your luggage in the house. Unpack in the garage, carport or other area. Inspect your luggage, then wash your clothing.

Wishing you the best of health
Mike Krause