We spend a lot of our time indoors at home. So the quality of our indoor environment can impact our health. A Healthy Home is the safest, cleanest place in the whole world.
We’ve put together simple things you can do to make your home healthier. And, as it turns out, what’s good for your home is good for the earth and everyone else on it, too. So let’s get started making your home a healthy home.
1. Get the Dirt on Toxic Chemicals.
Educate yourself about the toxic chemicals you bring into your home at http://www.householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/products.htm
2. Have a Clean-For-All.
Put on the gloves and get rid of the nasty stuff in your home. Responsibly, of course. Your local waste collection service has guidelines for proper household hazardous waste disposal, as well as collection sites for things like paint, batteries, and cleaners. Whatever you do, please don’t toss this stuff in the garbage.
3. Welcome Healthy into Your Home.
- Household Cleaners that are truly cleaner. Shaklee’s Get Clean Household Cleaners offers choices that are: nontoxic, biodegradable, concentrated, and hypoallergenic. No safety caps needed. And they are proven to out clean 16 national brands.
- Fresh air. Open your windows to reduce indoor air pollution.
- Essential oils. Use these instead of air fresheners. But make sure they are made solely from plants.
- Plants. Besides being nice to look at, they can absorb harmful gases and help clean the air. Here are 17 amazing houseplants that clean the air.
- Organic cotton bedding. Avoid standard bedding treated with chemicals. Here are 10 organic bedding sources.
- Floors made of recycled and renewable resources. Learn more about eco-flooring here.
- Healthier paint. That new paint smell can be as nasty as it smells. Choose low VOC paint instead.
4. Clean Up our Collective Home.
- Energy Star-rated appliances. Save money and energy.
- Low-flush toilet. Replace the largest user of water in your house. Ultra-low flushers cut water use by one-fifth.
- Low-flow showerheads. Same pressure. Less water.
- Your flicker finger. Turn off lights and appliances when you’re not using them.
- Gray water system. Install one to recycle used household water for your lawn.
- Tankless water heater. Save money, energy, and space in the broom closet.