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Healthy Homes

Top 10 Tips for a Healthy Home

  1. Fresh Air: Everything a pregnant mother breathes in transfers to her unborn child. Avoid air fresheners and seek natural scents such as cinnamon and cloves. Choose candles made from beeswax or soy.
  2. Green and Natural Cleaning Products: Select plant-based, rather than petroleum-based products. Make your own cleaning products by using household items such as vinegar and baking soda.
  3. Seek paints with low or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and use proper ventilation during and after painting.
  4. Plastics: Replace plastic food containers with glass, avoid plastics labeled with a #3, 6 or 7 on the bottom.
  5. Avoid using non-stick and teflon coated cookware. Choose stainless steel and cast iron.
  6. Test your indoor air quality (IAQ) for lead (if house built before 1978) and radon. Fix water leaks quickly and make sure your home is well ventilated, especially the kitchen & bathroom.
  7. Avoid using pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers on your lawn and garden. Create your own compost bin with scraps from your kitchen and yard.
  8. Seek natural flooring. Avoid installing carpet that may contain VOCs and replace cushions that have the foam exposed.
  9. Use micro-fiber cloths and mops to pick up dust instead of aerosols and wipes. Wet mopping is best.
  10. Leave your shoes at the door. You’ll avoid bringing in dust, pesticides and other outdoor pollutants.