Healthy products for a healthy home

The typical healthy home faces hundreds of challenges every day. Mold can grow inside a home, causing potential health risks including asthma and allergies. Conventional cleaning products can remove dirt, but they can also introduce toxic chemicals into a home. And some hand soaps can be tough on gentle skin.

Fortunately, there’s no need to compromise on health or cleanliness when you use these natural products.


5-minute test detects household mold

5-minute-mold-webExposure to household mold can cause serious health problems including allergies, asthma and chronic sinus infections. For some sensitive people, exposure to small amounts of household mold exposure can trigger serious health problems that sometimes require hospital visits.

Because mold can strike virtually any home in any climate, it’s a good idea to periodically test homes for mold. In some cases mold can be easy to see, but often mold lurks in hard-to-spot places such as behind drywall or under the refrigerator.

Until recently, do-it-yourself mold test kits needed to be sent to a lab (which often required an additional processing fee), and the results could take weeks. A new mold test called “5-Minute Mold Test Kit” from Healthful Home is much more convenient because it displays the results in minutes.

Using a small sample of household dust from the floor, cabinet or other surface, this test kit can detect the presence of over 32 different types of harmful mold spores including black molds (while ignoring harmless molds like mildew). The 5-Minute Mold Test Kit is the only fast-acting DIY mold test kit on the market, and it has been licensed by the CDC. The kit lists for $44.99 and is available exclusively at Ace Hardware. Healthful Home’s eco-friendly Mold and Bacteria Cleaner and Fog-U Mold room mold fogger are also available at Ace Hardware. For more information, visit


Control food moths without using chemical pesticides

Food Moth Trap webInsects can easily infest food storage areas, because insects are attracted to food. One of the most prevalent food pests is the pantry moth—a destructive insect that can quickly wreak havoc on any cupboard or pantry. When moths are found in a pantry, it is best to clean out the entire pantry, and any infested food should be discarded.

To keep pantry moths from coming back—and to keep them from infesting food in the first place, a natural pantry moth trap can be used to trap the insects. GreenWay Food Moth Traps

have a sticky surface that traps adult moths. Simply place the pheromone lure tablet in the middle of the sticky trap, and place the trap in a cupboard or pantry where food is stored. The trap will attract the moths, and they will die without the need for harmful chemical pesticides.

A box of GreenWay Food Moth Traps contains two traps and two lures and sells for $6.00 at Also available from GreenWay Traps are Fruit Fly Traps, Pantry Patrol Insect Traps (for food beetles), Clothes Moth Traps, Window Fly Traps, and Spider and Silverfish Traps. All GreenWay Traps are non-toxic, ready-to-use, long-lasting, and child and pet safe.


Eco-friendly cleaners with essential oils

biokleen_bac-out_webIn a healthy home, there is no reason to settle for household cleaners that contain hazardous chemicals, because effective alternatives are available. In fact, natural, non-toxic cleaners can perform as well or better than conventional chemical-based cleaners.

The Bac-Out line of products from Biokleen are made with the refreshing scents of botanical essential oils and are free of harmful ammonia, chlorine, butyl and other ingredients found in conventional cleaners. The secret to Bac-Out’s effectiveness lies in its live-culture enzyme formula that eats away at grease, grime and odor-causing bacteria, taking out stains and odors at their source. The result is a naturally clean and fresh home. Bac-Out is safe to use around small children and pets, and it won’t leave any fumes or residue behind.

Biokleen’s Bac-Out natural household cleaning products are available in seven effective formulas: Stain + Odor Remover, Bathroom Cleaner, Multi-Surface Floor Cleaner, Lemon-Thyme and Lavender Fabric Refreshers, Drain Care, and Septic Care. Available now at or 1-800-477-0188.