A Healthier Home in Three Easy Steps
Choose Low or No VOC Paint
Did you know that the fresh scent of paint can sometimes be harmful? Many paints release what are known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air. While they contribute to the pleasant smell of new paint, they can also have adverse health effects.
The solution? Opt for paints that are certified to have low or no VOC. These are not only better for your health but also for the environment. Look for labels that mark them as Green Seal Certified. This ensures that the paint has passed stringent checks for eco-friendliness and health safety.
Be Mindful of Your Carpet and Rug Choices
Carpets and rugs add a cozy, warm touch to any room. But beyond aesthetics, it’s essential to be aware of their health implications. Many carpets trap dust, allergens, and can be a breeding ground for mites if not cleaned regularly.
When choosing a carpet or rug, consider natural materials like wool, jute, or silk. They not only feel luxurious underfoot but are also less likely to hold onto harmful allergens. To ensure their longevity and cleanliness, vacuum at least once a week and opt for professional cleaning when necessary.
Ensure your chosen products have the Green Label Plus certification from the Carpet and Rug Institute. This seal guarantees that the product meets the highest standards for health and environmental safety.
Rethink Your Cleaning Products
Many store-bought cleaning products contain chemicals that, while effective, can be harmful when inhaled or touched. Some common culprits include ammonia, chlorine, glycol solvents, parabens, phthalates, and formaldehyde.
Instead of these, why not look towards natural alternatives? Many plant-based cleaners work just as efficiently without the associated health risks. Ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, borax, and citrus juices can be just as effective in cleaning and disinfecting your home without introducing potential toxins.
Making your home healthier doesn’t require significant overhauls or investments. With a few conscious choices in paint, flooring, and cleaning products, you can ensure your living space is both beautiful and beneficial.