Volatile Gases in Cabinetry and Furniture
Volatile gases such as benzene, xylene and formaldehyde are commonly found in kitchen cabinetry.
Pressed wood is a common source of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) . The glues that hold the wood chips together emit gases -- and many cabinets are made from this material. Many plastics and epoxies (used for adhesion of cabinet sections) contain formaldehyde. Urea formaldehydes produce emissions that increase with temperature and humidity, which is even worse in kitchens.
Consider cabinetry made of solid wood, wheat board (made from wheat straw and non-toxic binding), bamboo, lyptus (sustainable cherry from South America), or metal.
Tips for a Safe and Healthy Kitchen
From food storage to sanitizing surfaces, these tips will help you keep your kitchen a safe place.
Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile organic compounds, found in paint, caulk, cleaning supplies, carpet and wood, can be damaging to your health.
Checklist for a Trouble-Free Home
Preserve the value of your home with this home maintenance checklist.
Tips for Organizing a Garage
Going up the wall for storage saves floor space in the garage for the car. Look into hooks for hanging even large items up and out of the way.
Tips for Restoring Furniture
Even furniture with water marks, vacuum-cleaner nicks, scratches or damaged veneer can look like new without too much trouble.
Tips on Painting Furniture
Learn these tips on painting furniture to ensure that your next furniture painting project is a success.
Tips for Refinishing Wooden Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor wood furniture can be a beautiful addition to any outdoor space, but it requires regular upkeep. Use these tips to care for your wood furniture and keep it looking its best.
Tips on How to Make a Home "Handi-capable"
Check out a few of the ADA guidelines for making a user-friendly home.
Tips on Using Space Heaters
Space heaters can be very effective, but they have a bad reputation as fire hazards. Here are some tips for using portable heaters as a safe alternative to heating the entire house.
Heat Safety Tips
How to prevent dehydration when the temperatures are high and there's no shade available while working on an outdoor project.
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