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The May 18th issue of USA Today featured a Gallup poll that compares our citizen’s concerns and fears related to many serious environmental issues compared to 1989-90. The poll, conducted from March 2nd to March 6th, polled a sample of Americans and asked if they worried “a great deal” about various natural and environmental concerns. […]

Low-Maintenance Indoor House Plants

For those of us with a green thumb, the widespread drought in California and other regions of the country have left us in a funk. As much of a knack as you may have for gardening, you have to admit that many household plants require plentiful water to maintain that vibrant green. Even without a […]

How Drinking Soda Affects Your Body

We all know that water should be our go-to choice of beverage, but with their high sugar content and syrupy-sweet taste, sodas often replace water as the preferred drink of many Americans. Prudent mothers and fathers are aware that sodas have the potential to add some extra pounds to their children and themselves – but […]

worst beaches in america

As the weather warms up and summer begins in full swing, millions of Americans will hit the beaches to grab a tan and ride the waves. The summer trip to the beach is a celebrated American pastime, but not doing your research before you go can prove disastrous. The oceans are more polluted than ever […]


Salt-based water softeners are “old technology” water softeners that primarily remove “hard” minerals, like magnesium and calcium, from families’ drinking water. The process that removes these hard minerals is ion exchange, in which ions of the undesired minerals are swapped with those of sodium ions. The result is a “softer” water that allows detergents and […]