Learn how to green your home and make it environmentally safe, so as not to create more toxicity and stress in our children’s lives. Always read labels, ingredients, and any ingredient/manufacturing information written on household goods, products and services. Greening your home will help everyone be healthier, more emotionally stable, and energetically more connected.
Here are some key ideas:
- Choose safe building materials for construction (do not use VOC paints –volatile organic compounds) due to the release of airborne neurotoxins.
- Practice safe pest control inside and outside your home. Use only non-chemical organic fertilizers and no round-up.
- Use non-toxic cleaning products such as borax, baking soda, vinegar, lemon, tea tree oil and/or organic brand name products to clean.
- Buy non-toxic art supplies and toys for your children
- Use non-chemical soaps, perfumes (essential oils), make-up and other toiletry products in the home.
- Use unscented eco-friendly laundry and dishwasher soaps; no dryer sheets,
- Avoid flame retardants in mattresses (use futons or organic cotton mattresses) and sleepwear. Use cotton bedding – sheets and blankets.
- Buy a water filter for the kitchen and a whole house water filter.
- Eliminate phthalates, plastics (Bisphenol A) and use glass as much as possible. Avoid #3, 6 & 7 plastic products as they can leach harmful chemicals.
- Do not use a microwave. Instead consider using a small infrared convection oven or toaster oven for the countertop for fast and easy reheating and cooking.
- Change your lighting and use LED lighting or incandescent bulbs. Never use compact fluorescent bulbs as they contain mercury and emit harmful levels of EMFs.
- Eliminate tobacco exposure; second hand smoke is dangerous for everyone.
- Use cotton materials for clothing so your skin can breathe
- Remove all wall-to-wall carpets which contain toxins.
- Invest in a good air filter, clean your air ducts periodically and grow indoor plants to help keep the air clean.
- Let the sunshine in your home making it bright and airy – open windows.
- Do not use perfumed air sprays or electric gadgets that emit chemicals in the air. Use essential oils in a diffuser.
- Check for radon gas and install carbon monoxide detectors
- Compost kitchen scraps and recycle glass, plastic, cardboard, foam etc.
- Reduce electromagnetic smog in your house. Turn off WiFi and opt for corded phones instead of cordless phones. Similarly, reduce the number of wireless devices in and around your home.
Remember the “rule of thumb”; replace everything toxic in your house with non-toxic. Little by little your home will be eventually “greened”.