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Tips for a toxin free Christmas tree

If you’ve waited this long (one week) to put up your Christmas tree, you can take a few extra minutes to read through some tips provided by WebMd about reducing toxins and allergies this holiday season.

Real Christmas tree varieties such as fir, hemlock, pine and spruce can in rare instances trigger allergies. The same goes for artificial trees. Most real trees you purchase from your neighborhood lot have traveled long distances, and were likely sprayed with water on the trip, leaving them susceptible to the growth of mold. Artificial trees aren’t immune from causing your allergies to flare up either. Since fake trees are often stored in boxes in dusty locations all year, when opened they can trigger an allergic reaction, and even asthma attacks.

So what can you do to make sure you’re breathing a little easier this holiday season? Well, WebMd has provided some tips, and we’ll outline them below.

WebMd Toxin Free Tree Tips:

  • Let the tree “air out” outside for a bit before setting it up.
  • Use a leaf blower to blast off mold or dust.
  • If you live in an area that gets very cold, try to wait until after your first frost to put the tree up. This will also help reduce the chances of mold or ragweed accumulating on your tree.
  • If it’s a real tree, don’t rush to put it up. As WebMd explains, “mold starts to build up after about a week inside your home.”
  • Spray your real tree with a combination of half water/half vinegar to cut the chances of mold appearing.
  • If you know you suffer from severe allergies or asthma, you can always wear a mask.

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