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Dust Bunnies Make You Sick

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Video of the Week #71, November 29th, 2012:

From: Worse Than Bedbugs, It’s the Couch Itself by Kalliopi Monoyios at Guest Blog.

Source: Audio and production: Mollie Bloudoff-Indelicato, Video: Isha Soni, Artwork: Marissa Fessenden.

Dust bunnies are seriously dangerous. Those tiny globs of grime are much more than simple household nuisances. They can contain noxious flame retardant chemicals that leak out of living room furniture like couches. Once free of the upholstery, these toxins are especially harmful to children and pets, acting as carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

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  1. 1. CoreyMondello 8:38 pm 11/30/2012

    any suggestions for wall to wall carpet with one cat and one dog? i swear my $500 vaccum with hepa filter blows crap back out at me and i dont want to waste any more money on a new vacuum unless i know its good.

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