This is a sponsored post brought to you by Aquavert. All opinions are my own.
Having a healthier home doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are 5 Simple Healthy Home Tips.
Although many people attempt to avoid harmful toxins by watching what they eat, so many of us lose our way when it comes to having a healthy home. The reality is that although having a clean and healthy home does not have to be harmful to our health, it can be overwhelming to know what changes to make. According to a 2009 study reported in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the average household may contain as many as 400 chemicals. Many of these are toxic, and many more are simply untested.
Although exposure to a single toxin in the short run isn’t likely to have an adverse impact, the toxic load can build up over time. Because of this, it is smart to take simple measures whenever possible to lower your exposure. According to Phl Brown, Ph.D., director of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institue in Northeastern University in Boston, reducing your contact with chemicals can have clear health benefits. Some people experience fewer allergies, reduced asthma symptoms, fewer headaches and skin irritations. In the long run, according to Brown, you might even lower your risk of cancer and infertility.
5 Simple Healthy Home Tips
1. Get a Safer Cleaner
We all want products that work and don’t harm our health.
But this isn’t always so easy.
In a study of 30 items in 22 households conducted by NSF International, countertops in a third of homes harbored coliform bacteria. Coliform bacteria is an indicator of potential fecal contamination. Can I get an Ewwww????!
Simply spritzing your counters with just any cleaner isn’t enough. You need to sanitize them.
Recently I had the opportunity to try Aquavert, and even the boys noticed a difference from the usual greener cleaner I get at the grocery store.
The first time they used it, they were getting paint up from the hardwood floors. My usual cleaner wouldn’t touch it. (Hubby bought Skye paint that wasn’t washable. We won’t be making that mistake again.) Aquavert, on the other hand, made fast work of it.
Cleaning up spills is good, but when it comes to staying healthy, you also need something that will tackle the germs.
In addition to being excellent at getting up things you can see, Aquavert also kills 99.99% of germs including E. Coli, Salmonella, and even MRSA. When you are talking about BILLIONS of germs, this is a BIG difference from 99.90%. It is EPA certified and can kill the deadliest of germs and bacteria.
Best of all, it isn’t harmful to humans or animals. Aquavert is made with no bleach, no ammonia, no alcohols, in fact, there are no harsh chemicals! It is made of just three ingredients: salt + water + electricity. The active ingredient of Aquavert is HOCL, which is 120 times more potent than hypochlorite, the active ingredient in liquid bleach.
I love that this multipurpose cleaner won’t damage marble, ceramic, stainless or other surfaces.
You can get Aquavert here.
2. Ditch the Pesticides
Living in Florida most of the year, bugs can be a major issue. Still, pesticides are a big no-no in my house because they are among the most toxic of products.
It makes sense given that they are designed to kill bugs. (And even rats.) Contact with many standard formulas can lead to headaches, nausea, nerve, skin and eye damage.
Rather than traditional pesticides, seek out greener alternatives. I like to start with essential oils, and then move to other natural alternatives.
(Obviously, there are extreme situations when pests become a health concern. In the event of this seek out a professional who offers less toxic options and be sure to properly air out your home once treatment is complete.)
3. Throw Out Your Nonstick Cookware
I know they are convenient and make clean up a breeze, the reality is that the chemicals that are used to make non-stick pots and pans are awful. As difficult as it is to imagine, they can get into the air, water, soil and eventually our bodies. Stainless steel, cast iron and ceramic are better alternatives.
4. Skip the Air Freshener
We all want our homes to smell nice, but there are better ways than conventional air fresheners. Many air fresheners emit chemicals, like phthalates, where are believed to disrupt hormones. When the Natural Resources Defense Council tested 14 air fresheners, they found that 12 of them contained phthalates. Some 95 percent of the chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals. Nice as they smell, air fresheners have no place in a healthy home.
The first step to a fresh smelling home is a clean home. When I use Aquavert my home smells fresh and clean!
Also, invest in an essential oil diffuser and some quality oils.
5. Skip the Plastic
This is a hard one for me given that we travel so much and glass storage containers aren’t exactly easy to take. For years I told myself that as long as it was BPA-free, I was good to go. The reality is that one of the chemicals that replaced BPA is BPS. Recent studies show that it may be just as bad. Even if you aren’t ready to ditch plastic altogether, avoid storing acidic foods in plastic. Never heat food in plastic in the microwave. This can increase the leaching of BPA and BPS.