Making your home both a healthier and greener place to live does not have to be expensive. By making a few simple and easy changes you can improve the health of your home, your family, and our planet. Some changes are really easy to make, and others are more challenging – helping us to re-examine our habits and change our daily routine in order to start our journey to healthier living.
Lowering the amount of toxic chemicals is one of the most popular changes many parents and home owners concentrate on, but toxic chemicals are everywhere, making it much more difficult to avoid. There are other household risks, however, that can be just as harmful if not tackled. In this article we are going to explore five of these household risks and how you can get them under control.
Dust, although more of a natural and unavoidable health hazard, contains more hazardous chemicals than we think and it can really aggravate any allergies you or your family may have. Some of the chemicals dust could spread include lead and pesticides. To combat dust you can take action in a number of ways. If you have just moved into a new property, you could the replace the existing wall-to-wall carpet with a new wooden, tile or non-vinyl linoleum flooring. This is the most expensive option, but it will get rid of the dust that is already stored in the carpet and prevent further dust accumulation. A less costly option would be to vacuum more frequently, making sure you get into the corners and under the furniture.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands may sound like a simple and more obvious way to stay healthy, but you will be surprised at how many people go about their whole day without cleaning their hands. Frequent handwashing will not only help you stay germ-free, but it will help your kids avoid getting sick during cold and flu season. It will also become a healthy habit that will keep them from ingesting other toxins they may touch or come across in the future. When it comes to what product you choose to use in your bathroom or kitchen, surprisingly it doesn’t really matter. Whether antibacterial liquid soap or a regular scented bar of soap, it is more about the process than the product. Teach your kids to wet their hands, cover the entirety of both their hands in soap (even between their fingers), and then rinse. This is a process each member of the household, as well as visitors, should be doing on a frequent basis.
Eat Clean and Healthy
Organic food contains less pesticides, making it the healthier choice when it comes to picking out your fruit and veg each week. By buying organic products you are also helping to protect our environment. The organic options, however, can be costly, meaning it is not always an option for households who run on a tight budget. To cut down on the cost of organic produce you can buy in-season produce, which is plentiful, cheaper and can be found at local farmers markets. You can also be selective and only choose to buy the organic foods you eat most often.
By using the three tips mentioned above, you will be able to transform your home into a healthier place to live for both you and your family.