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10 Healthy Home Tips

Every mom wants to provide her family with a healthy home, but it can be overwhelming to figure out how to do it. I love the concept of...No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Just take the time to get educated and start making small steps towards your healthy home.

Here are ten tips to get your home healthy in honor of Earth Day.

1) Know the ingredients in your personal care products. Avoid preservatives like parabens and tricolosan. Avoid ingredients like "FRAGRANCE," "FD&C," or "D&C." Use the EWG database to find safe products.

2) Eat organic foods when possible. At least avoid the dirty dozen and look to eat the Clean 15.

3) Choose plastics carefully. Most are made from petroleum and have some level of estrogenic response. Choose glass when possible. Do not cook or dish wash plastic.

4) Stay away from nonstick. Most are coated with polytetrafluoroetheylene (PTFE). We now know that these can be toxic and can leach in to your food. Go for cast iron or stainless.

5) Green your cleaners. The chemicals that you are using to clean your home may be causing you to be sick. They can be toxic and irritate skin and lungs. Consider making your own with vinegar and baking soda. Or find a brand you can trust.

6) Get your home tested. Make sure to have a carbon monoxide alarm in your house. Consider testing your home for radon and lead.

7) Replace soft goods. Replace synthetic mattresses and pillows with latex foam, cotton or wool batting. Look for unbleached, untreated linens. Chemicals added to fabrics have been associated with reproductive and developmental toxicity. And vacuum your mattress to help get rid of dust mites!

8) Rethink your pesticides. Use natural alternatives to get rid of pests such as garlic sprays, pepper sprays or other nontoxic alternatives.

9) Replace your air and water filters. Not replacing these filters could release harmful bacteria in to your water and harmful particles in to the air. Set up an email reminder so you don't forget to change these on time!

10) Leave your shoes at the door. Research has shown that 60% of dust containing lead, arsenic and DDT is tracked in from the bottom of our shoes. Carpets tend to harbor these toxins.

Great resources to help you build your healthy home..

http://www.webmd.com/health-ehome-9/default.htm

http://www.drgreene.com/

http://healthychild.org