“April comes like an idiot, babbling and stewing flowers.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay
April is here, and that means pranks, awakenings, singing birds and the beginning of allergy season! Read about how to eliminate some allergens in your home, plus, famous April Fools’ jokes, April fun facts, carpet and health tips and lots more in the latest edition of Jensen’s Healthy Home News. The downloadable issue of the newsletter includes the ever-popular Mega Trivia Question—the first six people who call with the correct answer will win a $15 gift certificate to Hilly Haven Golf Course & Restaurant. Here are some highlights:
Now you can face allergy season with a smile!
It’s almost that time of year again when the birds will be singing, the sun will be shining, the flowers will be blooming, the eyes will be itching, the nose will be running…Aaaaahhhh allergy season is upon us. But, before you pull out the box of tissues and the allergy meds remember…
There are proven things you can do to eliminate some allergens at their source and reduce your allergies!
A popular website had this to say on the subject: “Why people develop allergies remains a mystery in the medical community. Until we know more about allergies the best line of defense is to eliminate the offending agents.” – peacefulmind.com
Then it goes on to list some of the “offending agents” several of which are found in most homes today: dust mites, pollens and mold. We all know what mold is and mold spores can even be found in your carpets. And we all know what pollens are and that they can come in through open doors and windows (even be tracked in) and settle in your home and carpets. But in case you don’t know what a dust mite is, they are microscopic little creatures (bug like) that wander in your fabrics and carpets. The living mites are not the offenders, it’s their fecal matter and the bodies of dead mites that most people are allergic to. (We know we’re grossed out too!)
That means…There are many allergy offenders living in your own home!
You can face the allergy season with a smile if you take a proactive approach to the season. Don’t let allergens in your own home irritate your allergies that may already be flared up by the hay fever of springtime. Get your carpets cleaned properly and professionally and you will eliminate the pollens, molds and dust mite matter that can make your allergies go from bad to worse.
The EPA has this advice, “Keep the house clean. House dust mites, pollens, animal dander, and other allergy-causing agents can be reduced…through regular cleaning.”
So smile! You can reduce your allergies by removing common allergens at the source. Remember, your carpet is like a big “filter” that traps pollutants and allergens. But that filter gets full and redistributes allergens back into the air with every step you take. If it’s been more than 6-12 months since you had your carpets cleaned your filter (carpet) is probably full. If you want to take steps toward reducing allergens found in your home then pick up the phone and call us at 920-393-4062 right now.
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The “Swiss Spaghetti Harvest”
In 1957 the respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of “the dreaded spaghetti weevil,” Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop. It accompanied this announcement with footage of Swiss peasants pulling strands of spaghetti down from trees. Huge numbers of viewers were taken in, and many called up wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti trees. To this question, the BBC diplomatically replied that they should “place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.”
You can watch the funny original video on YouTube. It’s titled BBC: Spaghetti-Harvest in Ticino.
National Hanging Out Day: April 19
Clothes will be hanging in front and backyards on the 19th to dry in the sun and wind. It’s not a fashion statement or to display one’s wardrobe, but to show support for energy conservation and environmental preservation. Many people celebrate this day by hanging out their washed clothes in the open to mark the day.
In 1995, a New Hampshire–based environmentalist group called Project Laundry List, founded by Alexander Lee, came up with the National Hanging Out Day. Lee heard Helen Caldicott make a speech at a symposium in Middlebury College enticing people with the benefits of air-drying laundry and cold-water washing. Lee has since taken up the task to encourage this practice, and this day, dedicated to the cause of mobilizing people to ditch dryers and hang their clothes in the open.