We spend an average 90% of our time indoors and 1/2 of our lives sleeping. What we don’t know about our homes is harming us.
This month I’m sharing the potential hazards and how you can take some easy steps to creating a healthy home. There are also a few tips on how you can go green and help your health at the same time.
How You Live
Allergens can include dust mites, mold, pollen and pet dander, all of which cause allergy triggers. Use HEPA filters for your air ducts and vacuum.
These can lead to sleep disorders, headaches and cancer. Move power strips away from your bed or work space wherever possible.
Forced Air Ducts
This is a part of the house you don’t really think about but it can be a bad source of allergens and even mould. Have them cleaned once a year by a certified technician
Refridgerator Drip Pans
This is nasty…how often do we all think to clean this part of the fridge? The pans are a breeding ground for mold spores. Clean this monthly.
Even after turning off a computer, power continues to flow to computer peripherals like printers and scanners. Your tv’s and stereos can ofter be using 40% of the power even they are turned off, called ‘standby’ power. BITS Ltd. has a power strip ($32.99 USD) that stops the energy from being wasted. For more information visit http://www.bitsltd.net/.
Smart bulbs use 70 to 75 percent less energy than incandescent lightbulbs and last up to 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs. For example, by using a 26-watt compact fluorescent lightbulb—equivalent to a 100-watt incandescent lightbulb—users can save up to $59 on energy costs over the life of the bulb.
If you’ve ever sprayed you bathtub with Tilex, you know this stuff can’t be good for you. We’ve been taught that ‘clean’ has a smell, but it doesn’t! You can always use products that have natural scents like lavender and lemon if you really want that effect but artificial scents are just adding more toxins.
Out of anything you do, this is one of the most effective ways to improve your home’s health. Parents who’s children have had respiratory problems such as asthma have reported significant improvements to their condition once they changed to all-natural cleaning products.
– general household cleaner
– laundry detergent
– dishwasher detergent
– non-chlorinated cleaning cloths
– recycled bags, toilet paper, paper towel etc.
If you have cleaners who provide their own products, make sure they are using green, non-toxic products and cloths instead of paper towel. Many cleaning companies are now catering to clients who are interested in all-natural environmentally sensitive cleaning.
How You Eat & Drink
You can switch to stainless steel bottles, which are also better for the environment. The best price and brand, Kleen Kanteen in Canada is available at http://www.momknowsbest.ca/. They offer a great selection of sizes and even offer a sippy cup version as well as Born Free glass and safe plastic baby bottles.
It’s a challenge but try to eliminate plastic from your kitchen. Organic milk in bottles tastes so much better and by the time you get refund on the bottle the cost is actually less than standard milk. Cook and serve with glass, especially for children and babies.
How You Build
When You Move