Design and Architecture vs. Climate Change: What Does the Future Bring

Numerous detrimental influences on nature and human health have been linked to conventional construction methods. With growing concerns about climate change, an increasing number of people are taking steps in order to minimize their carbon footprint, as well as to invest in homes and structures that will be able to last and perform their function well into the future. From creating floating houses to homes that adapt to the weather, environmentally conscious architects are changing the way we build.

But green living doesn’t have to look (or cost) like something out of a sci-fi movie. Today, there is a vast availability of ecological materials that can keep inhabitants safe while contributing to minimized pollution. Combined with modern design solutions, they’re helping create aesthetically pleasing homes in which families can live comfortably and sustainably.

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How often should you Clean your Home [Infographic]

Home cleaning is something that many people dread. It can seem like as soon as you finish, the home gets dirty again. This can lead to people neglecting their home cleaning or being stressed from clutter around the home.

To gain more insight into how Americans are cleaning their homes, ApartmentGuide conducted a home cleaning study. The results showed that 66% of Americans are stressed or anxious due to a dirty home. The study also showed that the most annoying type of mess is clutter in the home.

While clutter has been said to cause this type of unrest in people, it’s stealing the spotlight when cleaning needs to be done. Many focus on the clutter and neglect to do the deep cleaning that’s required to prevent bugs, allergies and other illnesses.

To help you know what you should be cleaning and how often, here is an infographic on how often your home should be cleaned. Read through to be sure you are following the correct guidelines.

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Eco-friendly Stain Removers [Visual]

Did you know that washing your clothes with a washing machine impacts the environment? For example, if you use hot water, your washer not only consumes water, it also requires electricity to heat the water to the right temperature. Over time, this increases your environmental footprint. To get an idea of how this looks over a long period of time, the average American household uses over 13,000 gallons of water a year washing clothes alone!

That’s bad for the environment and for your budget. Fortunately, there are some great eco-friendly stain remover alternatives out there that you can apply in the home. What’s more, many of these hacks only require the products and ingredients you have sitting in your pantry already.

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Ways to Breathe easier Indoors [Infographic]

Recent studies have been released stating that even our homes can be contaminated by the daily pollutants usually only reserved for metropolitan epicenters. While these pollutants are on a much smaller scale than, say, city smog, it’s important to eliminate them for the safety of the entire household.

The consequences of efficiency are the main culprit. From household cleaning product fumes to smoke from burnt cooking ware, everyday products need to be considered with care before purchasing and while using. It’s inevitable — we need to buy modern products to function normally in today’s society. However, this doesn’t equate to carelessness.

One step to take to a greener home is to ditch artificial air fresheners. Science Direct report that 20 percent of the American population is allergic to such smell enhancers — and some may not know it. Opt for a naturally scented candle or organic and natural popery bag.

There are many more ways to anti-pollute a home, here is an infographic by FragranceX.com that gives specific, scientifically-backed ways to keep your home fresh and pollutant-free.

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Natural Bug Repellent Solutions [Infographic]

Though summer is the best time of the year for many people, summer is also a favorite time of year for many household bugs. Dealing with pests inside the home can definitely take the fun out of this season!

Though it can be tempting to resort to chemical pesticides in these situations, these materials are actually harmful to humans and pets as well as to bugs. Instead, you can take advantage of natural materials found around the home to make bug traps and repellents. Take a look at the DIY tips from TurboTenant below:

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