We recently purchased our first home – yippee!! We are SO incredibly grateful for this place. As we are still unpacking and finding just the right spot for everything, I find myself referring to The Healthy Home, By Dr. Myron Wentz & Dave Wentz several times a week. I have learned so much and have been able to apply of lot of it fairly easily! It goes into a lot of scientific details, but sometimes you just need the how-to’s, and not necessarily all of the in-depth “why’s” behind it. So that’s what I’m going to give you.
33 Simple Ways To Make Every Room In Your House Healthier
- Wear cotton pajamas.
- Use 100% cotton sheets.
- Air out new mattresses before using them.
- Keep as few electronics on your nightstand as possible.
- Make your room as dark as possible when you sleep.
- Use an air purifier or sleep with the windows open when possible.
- Use dry-cleaning as little as possible. Air out dry-cleaned clothing outside or in a well-ventilated room. Not in your closet.
- Wear clothing that does not make red lines on your skin.
- Use free and clear laundry detergent.
- Use hair and skin products free of parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde. They show up on labels as (methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens, mercury, thimerosal, lead acetate, DEA, propylene glycol, toluene, PPD, petrolatum, quaternium 15, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin).
- Use Aluminum-free deodorant. (Most anti-perspirant contain aluminum).
- Reduce aerosols – if you use them, open a window and/or run your bathroom fan.
- Limit the amount of fragrances used.
- Use fluoride-free toothpaste.
- Limit the use of non-stick pots and pans. Cast iron is a healthier alternative.
- Use the microwave as minimally as possible.
- Do not use harsh chemicals to clean the oven or stovetop.
- Limit the use of plastic cups, plates and silverware.
- Use chemical-free dish soap and dishwasher detergent.
- Use green cleaners and/or green cloths free of chemicals.
- Wear gloves when you’re cleaning with a product that would wouldn’t eat.
- Limit air-fresheners.
- Take your shoes off when you walk in the door.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA system.
- Turn the internet off when it’s not being used.
- Set “office hours” for yourself and your children to control of time spent in front of the screen.
- Sort through everything with a warning label and get rid of what you do not need.
- Don’t make your kids get in the car until you’re actually ready to leave.
- Get rid of air fresheners in your vehicles.
- Cancel chemically ridden whole-lawn treatments.
- Plant flowers that are a natural insect repellent such as marigolds, lemon basil & rosemary.
- Add a bird feeder to naturally reduce bugs.
- Plant a garden or put a few vegetables in pots such as lettuces and tomatoes.
So there you have it! You can start working through your home one room at a time, or just pick of few things you think you can do right away. No matter how you do it, any improvement is good improvement =)
All of these tips were inspired by The Healthy Home, by Dr. Myron and Dave Wentz! The book as all the details 😉
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