Going Green 101: Five Steps to a More Eco-Conscious Home

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If you want to go green around the house, you don’t necessarily have to go crazy with solar panels and bamboo floors. Small changes make a big difference!

We’ve rounded up five simple, extremely effective green tips that will lead to a happy, healthy home that benefit both you and the planet:

Detox your Bedroom:
Pillows. Regularly cleaning your pillow is one of the easiest ways to reduce the toxins in the bedroom because it will help keep dust mites and other allergens at bay.
Curtains. Open your shades and let the sunshine in—the heat from the sun’s rays will naturally remove extra moisture from your bedroom and significantly decrease the risk of mold or fungus growth.
Electronics. Exposure to the artificial light from digital screens stimulates brain activity, making it harder for you to fall asleep. Consider keeping the TV out of your bedroom and limiting your computer use as bedtime approaches.

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 2.39.32 PMBuy Low-VOC Paint
Some types of interior paint are made with volatile organic compounds (VOC). According to the EPA, VOCs are a big source of indoor air pollution and have a range of health risks including cancer, liver damage and kidney damage. The next time you decide to paint over the crimson red in your bedroom, choose a low or no-VOC paint.

Make your own Air Fresheners
Store-bought aerosol fresheners often contain two big VOC producers: benzene and formaldehyde. When you use them, you’re spraying those chemicals directly into your home’s air! By making your own air fresheners, you’ll avoid these harmful chemicals and the health problems associated with them. Experiment with simmering cinnamon, apples, ginger, or other herbs on the stove, or make your own room spritzer with all natural essential oils diluted in water.

Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 2.39.39 PMDecorate with Houseplants
Having almost any type of plant in your home will help remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. Spathiphyllum (Peace Lilly), Chrysanthemum and Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) are all especially great at removing indoor air pollution. These plants are best at filtering out contaminants like benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene, which are toxic ingredients found in most store-bought air fresheners and household cleaners.

Gerbera daisies release oxygen at night, so they’re perfect for insomnia! Place them by your bed for optimal oxygen intake while you sleep. Bonus: Gerbera daisies are also great at removing benzene and trichloroethylene from the air.

Use Green Cleaning Products
One of the most common sources of VOCs are store-bought cleaning supplies that contain harsh chemicals. However, it’s easy to keep these out of your home! When you’re shopping for cleaning products, look for brands that don’t include VOCs in their products (Seventh Generation and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day are two popular green cleaning companies). It’s always a good idea to check labels and avoid products that contain ammonia, chlorine, sodium laurel sulfate, formaldehyde, bleach or lye.

Article courtesy of BrightNest.com

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