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.


New 5-minute test detects household mold


Five Minute Mold Test Kit from Healthful Home

Exposure 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


Eco-friendly cleaners contain essential oils for a healthy home

biokleen_bacout_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.


Gardener’s Scrubbing Soaps feature natural ingredients

calendula_and_basil_soapAfter a hard day of working in the yard, in the garden, or doing projects around the house, it’s nice to indulge in a little luxury. Give yourself the reward of a gently scented natural soap that gets your hands clean and fresh. The sweetly-scented basil aroma of Gardener’s Scrubbing Soap from Botanical Interests will leave you feeling pampered. The poppy seeds in the Basil Poppy Seed soap give it a gentle texture for scrubbing. Also available is Lemon Calendula soap that contains oat flour for gently scrubbing off dirt, mixed with natural oils to soften skin. Both of these soaps contain saponified organic sunflower oil, organic palm fruit oil, organic coconut oil, organic cocoa butter, organic shea nut butter, organic flax seed oil,

The Gardener’s Scrubbing Soaps (both Basil Poppy Seed and Lemon Calendula) sell for $6.95 a bar at