10 ways to have a healthy home

10 ways to have a healthy home

Everyone dreams of having a home that’s safe—a comfortable haven they can rest in at the end of a long day. But with all the pesticides, pollen, disease-carrying critters, and toxins in our environment, is that even possible? Yes! You may not be able to avoid every hazard, but by taking a few action steps you can create a healthier home for you and your family.

1. Add doormats.

This sounds overly simple, but it’s true. The first step to having a healthier home is keeping as many toxins out as possible. By placing mats on each side of your entrances, you trap a fair amount of dirt, lawn chemicals, etc. — you can easily clean these off or cheaply replace them.

2. Repair any cracks and holes.

Insects and rodents can find their way into the smallest hole—or make it larger so they can fit. It’s worth the time and money to caulk up or repair any possible entry points. Focus your attention particularly on windows and along baseboards. Also, in your bathroom make sure you replace failing caulk and cracked tiles to avoid mold growth in your walls.

3. Filter your tap water.

There are many chemicals introduced to our water supply during the cleaning process that may be unsafe to drink over a long period of time. If you live in an older home with corroded pipes, your water may pick up sediment or metal shavings. All of these things can make the water smell or taste bad. For as low as $20, you can buy a water filter to attach to your faucet and never worry about unsafe drinking water again!

4. Switch out plastic for glass.

Most plastics, even the BPA-free ones, can leak chemicals into your food—especially when warmed in a microwave. Plus, glass containers are a better investment since they tend to hold up better in the dishwasher.

5. Practice your green thumb.

Potted plants like aloe vera, peace lilies, bamboo palms, and more are for more than just aesthetics. They’re natural air purifiers!

6. Invest in a steam cleaner.

Most mops just push dirt and dust around; they also require you to use harsh chemical-based cleaners. However, a good steam cleaner does a much better job of loosening stubborn grime and relies on water alone to clean your floors.

7. Use washable curtains.

You may have not replaced the curtains your grandma made you since you moved into your home, but now is the time! They hold lots of allergens and dust mites, so if the ones you have aren’t easily cleaned, opt for a set that is washable.

8. Swap out carpet for hard surface flooring.

No matter how much you vacuum and clean it, carpet still holds a lot of dirt, pet dander, and dust. We suggest installing linoleum, stone, wood, or cork. All of these are natural materials that collect less dust than carpeting and are easier to clean.

9. Ditch the air fresheners.

They may smell good to you, but many contain phthalates and only mask mildew odors. Some more natural air fresheners are essential oil diffusers or candles made from vegetable wax (like soy, beeswax, or non-GMO corn).

10. Run your exhaust fan.

Whenever you’re showering, it’s important to run your bathroom’s exhaust fan as it prevents mold and mildew from building up on the walls.

Just these few changes can drastically improve the health of your home, including everyone in it. We hope you feel motivated to create a healthier home and a healthier you!