Healthy living is more than just eating right – it also involves how you keep your home. It’s easier to make your home healthier and greener if you work it at one step at a time – and then keep those positive changes up. Here’s a few of the most useful tips I’ve heard and the best advice I’ve been trying to follow to make a healthy home.
Turn down the heat and turn up the A/C
In order to save electricity, it’s important to keep your home at the right temperature; not too hot in the wintertime and not too cool in the summertime (that’s usually somewhere between 68 and 80, depending on the season). It’s not just for the sake of the environment or even your wallet – turning the heat down is good for your head, too. It’s especially important that the bedroom stays cool so that you wake up as refreshed as possible – it could even help you lose weight, if that’s what you’re after, as you burn calories to maintain body heat while sleeping.
Have a look at your fridge too, by the way – it’s one of those small things that can make a big difference. Refrigerators and freezers consume a lot of electricity and, besides freezing your cucumbers too cool,food and beverages, it will cost you. Check the temperature and make sure you don’t leave the door open for too long when removing ingredients.
Drink clean water
It’s one of those obvious tips, but we need to hear it as much as possible. Drink it and bathe in it, and keep a water filter system if you live in an area with low-quality tap water. Where I live, the only choice for water is a shared well system and it often contains levels of arsenic and other elements that are not healthy to ingest. I try to stay away from buying individual bottles of water, which contribute to the tons of waste that finds its way into landfills and waterways, but I won’t drink the well water delivered to my home.
The most environmentally friendly option is to filter your tap water. Have a look at one of the best under counter water filtration systems or the slim ones that will slide right into your fridge door. Another option is bottled water delivery service, which helps the environment since the bottles are continuously cleaned and reused.
Let the outside in
Fresh air and sunshine can do a world of good for your health and your disposition. It’s not always possible, particularly during cold months or very windy days (we have a lot of those where I live) but you can do other things to let the outdoors in. Adopt a few plants that fit the environment of your home – if it’s humid, dark and small as a cellar, get a plant that likes it that way. This adds a bit of greenery to your home and also helps to clean the air.
Another way to let the outside in is, of course, to open up the windows, curtains, and drapes in every room you have. Let the sunlight into your home up throughout the day; it balances your natural rhythm, brightens your mood and is the most cost-effective source of heat and light we have. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may need to keep doors and windows closed to prevent allergens from blowing in with the wind.
Clean the natural way
And finally, be careful of what products you use to clean your home. Stick with natural ingredients, such as vinegar, baking soda, salt, Borax and more. This is especially good advice for those of you who suffer from allergies or are sensitive to certain scents and substances. Not only is this good for the environment and safe for your health, it’s also far less expensive than stocking up on commercial cleaning products. Need recipes? Check here on my website or purchase my book, 25 Essential Ingredients Every Household Needs.