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What Does Biodegradable Mean?

When something is biodegradable it means it’s capable of decomposing rapidly by the help of microorganisms found in nature, the earth or airborne. Photodegradable items are close relatives and they are capable of decomposing by the help of natural sunlight or even some forms of man-made light. It’s man-made products made of plastic and Styrofoam that harm our environment and take up valuable space and litter natural habitats for animals and humans alike. Biodegradable items include food, cotton, wool, wood, human and animal waste, and products manufactured with natural materials such as natural paper, fibers, and oils. Natural materials such as paper and orange peels take only months for mother nature to dissolve. The harmful man-made products that set us back such as leather shoes and tin cans can take up to 50 years or longer. Glass takes 1 million years to dissolve and plastic, our most often used material, will never truly dissolve by mother nature.

What Can We Do?

By voting for sustainability with our money by purchasing items that are biodegradable or re-usable we cancel out only some of the damage being caused on a regular basis. Luckily, businesses and people are catching onto the concept of restoring and protecting our resources, if not for our planet and future generations, for the popularity of our business and for stroking our egos. If you can’t purchase an item that is biodegradable or photodegradable, you can at least make an effort to recycle or reuse the items you do purchase. Thrift and recycled fashions, up-cycled home furniture and decor, and having a personal purpose or mission are all popular concepts on the rise. Be a star, and care for the environment, your home.

Your Sustainability Checklist

  • Purchase products with biodegradable packaging, second hand fashion and home decor, and the greenest products whenever possible

  • Learn how to organize your recycling for at home pick-up or find out where your nearest recycling facility is and what they recycle for future reference

  • Educate your children on the lifestyle changes you’re making to provide them a better earth for them and their children in the future

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Keeping Children Safe From Products Under The Sink

Poisoning is among the top ten most common accidents among children. Every day 2 children die of poisoning and 300 are admitted to the emergency department for related incidents. Items you might not otherwise think as poisonous are popular causes, along with not properly child proofing the home and supervising children as closely as they need to be. Take these 5 precautions and share with the parents you care about to protect the small children you know from this potential harm.

Baby proof your home

Although there is no replacement for proper supervision, cabinet locking products are among the best measures you can take to prevent children from getting into the dangerous products in your home. It only takes seconds to minutes for a child to find new things to explore. It’s in their DNA to find and put things in their mouth upon discovery. Not only are cleaning chemicals a risk, but plants, cosmetics, and coins. There has been a rise in consumption of dishwasher and clothing detergents since they’ve been made into pods that look like candy to a child. The most popular choking hazard is coins. Baby-proofing droors, especially bedside and junk droors, is also a great idea. Find the baby proof section at your local Target or Toys ‘R’ Us branch. To really determine what you need and how you can re-arrange your home, consider crawling on the floor at the level your baby or child would. This will allow you to see what they see, and what they have the potential to get into!

Have emergency contact information readily available

You will have a babysitter eventually, and anyone who watches your child should have access to a list of contacts on the fridge. First your phone numbers, other emergency contact people, and finally the national Poison Control Center phone number which is 1-800-222-1222. Other numbers you might include are the non-emergency police phone number, the fire department, the nearest emergency room, your regular doctor’s office, and of course, 9-1-1. There are magnets made specifically for keeping these numbers securely to your fridge. Be sure to remind your sitter any information you want them to know and where they can find the things they’ll need.

Know where the nearest emergency room is

In case of an urgent situation without anytime permitting to call a professional, you’ll want to head straight to the nearest emergency room. It’s great to have the address programmed to your phone, GPS, or on your refrigerator with your emergency contact information, but it’s even better to have driven there yourself and know how to get their by memory as well.

Know the symptoms of poisoning

You may not know that your child has gotten a hold of a medication and you should know the signs of poisoning so that you can catch it after it’s happened even though you didn’t see it. Symptoms include:

-Difficulty breathing

-Blurred vision

-Disorientation

-Drooling

-Tearing

-Loss of muscle control

-Twitching

-Fever and more

If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call poison control to confirm what you are noticing and be walked through the process of evaluating the situation. Always try your best to remain calm. Deep breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth can calm your heart and override the panic you can feel from the stress hormone, Cortisol.

Greenify the home further

If at all possible, having the greenest home possible can lessen the chances your child would be harmed by the products kept in your home. There are ways to make your own cleaning products, or you can buy them from the store. More than looking for the terms “Green”, “Non-toxic”, and “Natural”, read the ingredients yourself to determine the contents are safe.

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So Your Toilet Has Overflowed

Unless you can blame your children for putting non-flushable items down the toilet, overflowing can be so embarrassing. Imagine how bad you’d feel if it were to happen to you at someone else’s home! Here is what you need to know to handle this situation with as much dignity as possible.

Why Has This Happened?

You’re probably asking the man upstairs “Why?! Why did this happen to me?!”, but instead need to know why your toilet overflowed in the first place. The main culprit is a blockage somewhere in the pipes, either from build up of some kind or having something flushed that shouldn’t have been. This probably can be fixed easily with a toilet plunger with a lot of suction. If this relieves the problem and makes the water go down as it should, you have your perpetrator. If this is not effective or the water is slow to drain, you might have a defect in the plumbing or flow managing mechanism and need to call a plumber. If you think this may be your problem, duct tape your toilet shut with a sign to prevent further damage.

How To Clean It Up

  1. After you’ve “fixed” the toilet, if even temporarily, you will want to remove any large debris from the floor. Human waste and toilet paper can be re-flushed a little amount at a time and any items damaged by contact can be thrown in the garbage or bucket for sanitation.

  1. The excess water needs to be drained from the area. This can be done manually using towels or if flooded enough, might require a pump of some kind.

  1. Sanitizing the cupboards, floor, bathtub wall, base of toilet and any other point of contact can be done with clean, warm or hot water and a little bit of low sud detergent. Bleach is also an option for sanitation for the surfaces, as well as the items that you may have put aside for washing. Please look up proper recommendations, read your bleaching product’s label, and be sure to know which surfaces will benefit or be damaged by the use of bleach before using.

Knowing what to do in this situation will make it easier for the owner, their guest or children, and any plumber that may need to come and assess the situation. Share this article with a home or business owner you care about today and save them the stress as well.

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DANGER: Drain Cleaner Poisoning

In 2016, one of the news headlines highlighted a story where a young boy died after drinking drain cleaner thinking it was water. Another notable case is that of the death of a man and the hospitalization of both his family and the first responders on the scene. These incidents are quite common with over 2000 reported drain cleaner poisoning cases being reported in 2016.

What makes drain cleaners dangerous?

Whenever crystal chemical drain cleaners are used, they make the pipes hot leading to the release of gas that is toxic to humans and pets. On the other hand, acid cleaners corrode anything they touch.

When mixed with bleach and other household cleaning agents the result is the release of deadly amounts of chlorine gas. Concentrated caustic soda or sodium hydroxide can corrode body tissues in either liquid or vapor form.

Common drain cleaner poisoning symptoms

In cases of ingestion of the drain cleaner, the most common symptom is a severe burn down the throat as well as chemical induced ulcers in the stomach. This normally results in acute abdominal pain, vomiting blood and tissue damage.

When in the form of fumes, drain cleaner poisoning causes burns to the skin and eyes. It can also damage the lungs of parts of the upper respiratory tract. Excessive exposure normally causes chronic chemical pneumonia.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you suspect that someone has suffered from drain cleaner poisoning, you should either call an ambulance or rush him or her to the closest medical center. Do not give milk or try to induce vomiting because this may further damage the tissues around the stomach and the throat. A medical professional is more suited to pump the stomach to remove the chemical in an environment where the vital signs are being monitored.

In cases of skin exposure, the patient may be transferred to a burn care hospital. There, washing of the skin can be done by professionals. In some cases, surgery may be required. The treatment depends on how fast the patient reaches a medical center and how much poison was swallowed.

Poison Control

In the United States, call 1-800-222-1222 to speak with a local poison control center. This hotline number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions.

This is a free and confidential service. All local poison control centers in the United States use this national number. You should call if you have any questions about poisoning or poison prevention. You can call  24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Prevention

If you have children, pets or if you just prefer a safer method of cleaning drains, it is better to shift to organic drain cleaners. BlueBio is one of the best organic drain cleaners that uses cultured bacteria to break down clogs instead of harmful chemicals.

Since it is biodegradable, there are no toxic fumes that may cause eye or skin chemical burns. It is very effective against the common causes of clogging like grease, fats and hair. The EPA safety approval shows that BlueBio should be the drain cleaner of choice for your home. Protect what you are not willing to lose by avoiding drain cleaner poisoning.

 

Reference: NY Times Health Information

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The Dangers of Drano

Most households experience the frustration of a clog or slow draining sink. The first product many people grab is a can of Drano. However, this simple “fix” can cause more problems than it solves. In fact, you shouldn’t even bring this dangerous product into your home.

Why is Drano Dangerous?

There are two main types of over the counter drain cleaners – acidic cleaners and caustic base cleaners which use lye or bleach to dissolve a clog. Drano is a caustic base cleaner. The industrial strength ingredients in Drano are designed to dissolve organic waste materials. However, people, plants and animals are also organic. By it’s very nature, Drano is designed to cause damage to not only clogs but also any organic material it comes in contact with. Drano can cause serious injury even in small amounts or small concentrations.

Dangerous to Children and Pets

Drano comes with a serious warning label to keep the product out of the reach of children and away from pets. The problem is that the nature of children is to play and explore by touching and putting new things in their mouth. Children can’t read the warning label if they stumble across a dangerous product. In addition, spaying or pouring a caustic material leaves traces where animals walk and can track it all over the house. Pets can ingest this poison when trying to clean it off themselves. The best way to keep children and pets safe is to not bring a dangerous poison into your home at all.

Dangerous to You

If Drano comes in contact with other household cleaners, it can cause toxic fumes and deadly gases. If the user accidentally splashes Drano on their skin or in their eyes, it can cause severe burns. If Drano is allowed to sit in water for any period of time, such as a toilet bowl, the ingredients heat up and could either crack the porcelain bowl or even cause an explosion.

Dangerous to the Pipes

Drano can scratch and damage sinks and tubs, but the real damage happens where you can’t see it. Even Drano can not dissolve every clog. When the product builds up and just sit in the pipes, it will eat through plastic pipes quickly. With repeated use, even metal pipes will be corroded over time. Instead of a simple clog, repeated use of Drano can lead to replacing the entire plumbing system.

Dangerous to the Environment

Drano uses environmentally unsafe ingredients. The high levels of toxins in Drano are carried out into the environment though the sewage system. Here these toxins travel in streams and rivers and eventually into the oceans, affecting wildlife and plants every step of the way. These toxins can even affect food and water supplies once they are released into the open.

Alternatives to Drano

There are safer, more effective solutions to clogged drains that don’t involve bringing a dangerous product such as Drano into your home. The best solution is to prevent clogs in the first place with a natural product that does not damage your pipes, like BlueBio Drain Cleaner. No one should expose their home and family to the dangers of Drano without knowing all the facts.