I’ve heard from many of you who say you want to live a healthier, more natural life, but that money is definitely an issue. I get it. I haven’t found the money tree yet either.
Anyway, I thought you’d appreciate these totally FREE tips for creating a healthier home. They’re all about keeping toxins out of your house – via the food you eat and the air you breathe. It’s important to remember that healthy living extends beyond diet and exercise and into your home – including your daily habits, the products you use, the way you live your life. Sure, some of it will cost more than you’re used to, but you can take baby steps and invest in healthier, safer products over time. You’ll also find that some changes will actually save you money over time – switching to reusable products over disposables is just one example.
Meanwhile, get started with these NO COST ways to get healthier at home. The great thing is, you can start setting these things in motion TODAY! Don’t worry – they’re all easy peasy to do – and did I mention free? Who doesn’t love free?
Remove your shoes
Lead, pesticides, fertilizers, allergens – you’d be surprised at all the things that come into your home on your shoes besides dirt. Take your shoes off at the door to keep unhealthy toxins from spreading around your home. Plus your house will be cleaner – which is always a bonus!
Open the windows
Indoor air can be surprisingly unhealthy due to vapors and fumes in everything from furniture and carpets to perfumes and cleaning products, so allow fresh air to circulate into your home whenever possible. Try opening up windows and doors on opposite sides of the house to get air moving up, down and all around.
Stop microwaving plastic
Heat causes chemicals to leach out of plastic and into food and beverages. Even so-called “microwave-safe” plastics are not truly safe – it’s best to avoid plastic in the microwave completely. Reheat food in safe glass containers or on the stove top instead.
Dust and vacuum frequently
Need motivation to clean more often? How about the fact that household dust is laden with chemicals like lead, pesticides and flame retardants that are linked to serious health problems. The best way to beat it is by dusting, mopping and vacuuming frequently. If possible use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove harmful particles from indoor air.
Wash your produce
Even when the fruits and veggies you buy look perfectly clean, it’s best to wash them before eating. Not only to remove dirt and germs but also to reduce traces of pesticides. Note: washing will not remove all pesticide residues so buying organic is best, especially for the fruits & vegetables with the highest pesticide levels (known as the Dirty Dozen).
Ditch the air fresheners
Don’t be fooled – scented air freshening products, like sprays, plugins and candles, may seem like a good way to make your home smell better, but they actually pollute the air with chemical fragrance components and other toxic ingredients. If you still want a fragrant home, try simmering spices on your stove top, or use a natural essential oil diffuser or naturally scented beeswax candles.
If you want a healthier home, learning how to read and understand labels on the products you buy is key. You’ll want to steer clear of the worst food additives. Avoid cleaning products labeled poison or danger. Learn which certifications to look for on better beauty products. Understand what terms like BPA-free, phthalate-free and USDA Organic really mean. It’s a learning process but you can do it!
What are some things you have done to create a healthier home?
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