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A Mother’s Nose Knows Best

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Jessica
04.10.12

As a mother, you use all your senses to protect your child. When your child falls, you are there to pick him up. When she scoots around the corner, you’re always watching. You can use these same supermom senses to detect safety issues lurking in your home. Here are a few examples of home-related hazards you can detect with your sense of smell.

Mold and Fungus – When you’re playing with your baby on the carpet, take a big whiff. If you smell a strong musty odor, chances are you have a mold problem. Hidden mold can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, central nervous system problems, immune suppression and headaches. Call a professional to determine the mold’s prevalence. To learn more about carpet maintenance, read: The Rug Whisperer: Cleaning Tips & Color Trends.

Ammonia – Ammonia may get your counter clean, but only because it’s one of the most potent cleaning solutions available on the market. Even mild inhalation can cause respiratory problems in children, and prolonged skin contact with the cleaner will cause an allergic reaction. Instead of cleaning with this toxic chemical, try one of these common household products. Did you know that lemon, vinegar and baking soda can clean almost anything in your home? Here are a few examples:

Natural Gas - If you smell a foul odor reminiscent of spoiled cabbage or rotten eggs nearby, you might think it’s time to change Bobby’s diaper… or you may have a natural gas leak. If the nappies are clean, leave the building as quickly as possible and call 911. To learn how to tell the difference between natural gas, and plain old gas, read: Rotten Egg Smell: Natural Gas Leak Or Just A Fart?

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