Simple tips for creating a non-toxic, healthy home at no cost to you.
When my husband and I first moved into our home we had NO extra money. I laugh when I look back at pictures of our mostly empty living room, furnished with a thrift store couch and a hodge-podge of hand-me-downs and Grandma’s antiques.
But it was OUR home and we loved it!
Fast forward many years later and we’ve managed to upgrade a bit. Many of the antiques and are still there but a new couch and lots of artwork have spruced up the place! Still, our budget has always guided our purchases and we can’t always have everything we want.
Easy + Free Ways to Make a Healthy Home
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I’ve heard from many of you who are starting out on your natural living journey who say you want to make your home healthier, but that money is definitely an issue. I get it. I haven’t found the money tree yet either.
So 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.
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. Do as much as you can to air out your home – 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.
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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. Clean your home with non-toxic cleaning sprays as well.
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 and look for safer cleaning products instead. 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!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve just moved in or you’ve been in the same house for too many years to count (like me!) – these are always relevant ways to make your home a safe and healthy place to live!
What are some things you have done to create a healthy home?