Feeling safe at home goes beyond a friendly neighborhood or a security system. It extends to knowing that your home itself is as free from harm as possible. That’s why living safer and greener go hand in hand. By bringing nature into your home and keeping potentially dangerous elements away, you can create a healthier environment for you and your family. Here are five simple tricks to live safer, go greener and just feel better all around.
1. Invest in Some Greenery
Adding more houseplants can help you achieve a greener and safer home. Nearly all house plants help remove toxic contaminants from the air in your home just by simply being there. Now, that’s a green lifestyle change that involves limited effort! As a bonus, cleansing the air with houseplants can help prevent common ailments like congestion and insomnia. Brightnest offers a great list matching specific plants to specific problems so you can be sure to arm yourself with the right shopping list on your next trip to your local nursery.
2. Swap Out Your Children’s Dishes
If you’re a parent, you’re no doubt familiar with those bright plastic children’s dishes. You know the ones – fun, colorful plates that usually champion Disney princesses, superheroes or the alphabet. It turns out that a number of these plates are made with harmful chemicals. For a greener, healthier home try swapping out your children’s plastic dishware for safer, pure-bamboo alternatives.
3. Switch to Apple Cider Vinegar
Cleaning the house with typical household cleaners can often mean spraying your home with a lot of harmful chemicals. Get truly clean by using natural cleaning agents, like apple cider vinegar. That’s right – apple cider vinegar is basically heaven in a bottle. It is anti-bacterial and can be used to clean all the usual kitchen and bathroom suspects, like your countertops, stove, cutting boards, dirty grout and more! Vinegar also has some great sustainable uses in your home’s yard. It can be an effective and safe alternative to weed killers. Switching to a cleaning agent that is also safe to ingest will help prep your home for a greener, safer lifestyle.
4. Close the Door to the Garage
If you have an attached garage, make sure you keep the interior door that leads to your home closed. Warming the car with the interior door to the garage open results in CO2 being drawn into the indoor space and polluting the air indoors. This is especially true during colder months. When cars are started cold they discharge the highest amount of CO2.
5. Fortify Your Garden
A backyard vegetable garden is a great addition to make any home healthier and more sustainable. It’s easy to grow a garden during spring and summer months when the weather is most cooperative, but there are also tricks to ensure a viable vegetable garden all year round. Create simple structures to cover your vegetables, and use mulches that protect hardier root crops if you’re growing greens, carrots, beets, leeks and other cold tolerant veggies through the winter. Eating farm-to-table has become a big part of the sustainability movement. When that “farm” is in your backyard, a more sustainable and safer home becomes that much easier.
Keep It Simple
You don’t have to rearrange your life to lead a greener, safer lifestyle. Protecting your home and family can be achieved by making small, easy and gradual changes without shaking up your routine. It’s not an all-or-nothing proposition. Focus on the meaningful and non-disruptive ways you can live and breathe healthier, and you’ll start feeling better before you know it.