Eco-Friendly Living: Tips for a Healthier, Green Home
Several human activities impact the environment negatively; from the products, we use to the way we use resources that are now scarce. This is why eco-friendly living and conservation has become so important. There are several ways individuals can promote a healthier environment from within their own homes. Here are some tips.
Healthy, Eco-friendly Products
All homes use one product or the other for different purposes. Common uses include house cleaning, laundry, and bathing. There’s nothing wrong with using different cleaning and bathing products except that many of them have chemicals that have been discovered to negatively impact not just the human health but also the environment either through air or water. The good thing is, that there are a number of green-certified products for a healthier home now available in stores, from bath to kitchen supplies. When these products are released through water into the environment, they won’t negatively impact the air and water quality or affect the plant, animal, and marine life.
Healthy, Eco-friendly DIYs
There are also commonly used ingredients such as lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and vinegar that have found alternative uses in cleaning homes, clothes, and dishes to achieve a clean, healthy home and environment. Most of these products are also safe for the skin and respiratory system and are not a problem for those with allergies. Just make sure you dot mix ingredients that can be dangerous such as mixing products containing chlorine and ammonia.
Your appliances should be designed and installed with the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle in mind. Get energy and water-efficient appliances such as eco-friendly dishwashers, washing machines, driers and air conditioners. When you buy them, keep them clean and germfree. Further, keep them free of mould and odors. For those that you can do without, don’t buy them. Save your money and electricity instead.
Reuse and recycle
By buying long-lasting products such as utensils, and appliances, you will have fewer things crowding your home and little products to throw away that contribute to landfill. Avoiding plastic not only has health benefits for the occupants of your home, but you also don’t have to look for a place to recycle them. Invest in other alternatives such as cloth bags instead of plastic bags. Items for which there are no healthier, eco-friendly alternatives should be disposed of safely by looking for a place that recycles them.
Maintain your roofing and plumbing
Aside from installing eco-friendly roofing and plumbing systems, you need to keep them in the best condition. Ensure there are no leaks because if you have water is leaking from your roof or plumbing fixtures, you may have to contend with a moist or wet floor that needs constant wiping. In addition, such neglect provides a fertile ground for mould to grow, which has serious health implications.
Dispose of toxic substances responsibly
Some building materials, automotive products, pesticides, light bulbs containing mercury, and cleaning products, batteries contain toxic substances and must be appropriately disposed of. Discover which facilities are available in your area to handle such toxic waste. In their absence, try to research on other safe disposal methods that you can use.
There are a lot more ways to achieve a healthy home. Find the ones that you can easily adopt and slowly build towards a green, healthy home.