Tips to Create a Healthy Home
These are steps we utilize in our home.
Choose paint, caulking, and finishes labeled “0” VOC.
VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. These compounds are harmful to all humans.
Tile, Marble, or concrete flooring. While wood is a natural product, it contains many chemicals, is supseptable to moisture damage, and some people with tree allergies could suffer with wood floors.
WARNING Genuine Leather can trigger asthma/allergies in people with animal allergies. Avoid upholstered furnishings for they harbor dust mites. For sofas look for the new leather-like Performance Polyester. It will protect against spills and dust mites but will not cause allergic symptoms in those with animal allergies. For chairs and tables consider solid surfaces that are easy to clean. Avoid raw wood and opt for sealed wood.
While there is a plethora of lovely organic soaps available, the essential oils can lead to breathing issues in sensitive individuals. Choose a fragrance free soap. You can add plain baking soda, fragrance-free oxy booster, or stain remover if necessary. While organic soap is always a safe choice, it is not necessary to combat breathing issues.
We recommend an organic fragrance-free dish soap because when the dishwasher heats up, the chlorine, perfume and chemicals of a traditional detergent are released into the air and will dispersed through the home.
NO CARPET!!! Remove all Carpet from the home. Carpet has a long list of chemical ingredients, and holds dirt, mold, and dust mites. Use small throw rugs that are washable where necessary. Use Caution if choosing wool rugs. Wool can trigger allergies and asthma in sensitive individuals. Wool also is not washable.
Choose fragrance free soaps, shampoo, conditioner, lotions and deodorant. You can purchase free and clear products at CVS, whole foods, and online retailers. Remember that essential oils can trigger asthma/allergies/breathing conditions. Be sure to avoid common oil triggers such as Lavender, Eucalyptus, orange, lemon, grapefruit, citronella, and clove.
Use rubbing alcohol in place of scented ammonia based cleaner. This will make cleaning glass safer and less expensive. For shower doors use rubbing alcohol and scrub with a Mr. Clean Magic eraser this will easily remove soap scum.
Disinfecting Spray Cleaner
degreaser can easily be made by mixing 1 part rubbing alcohol to 1 part water. If you have an essential oil, such as mint, that you not sensitive to, the oils can be added for a light scent.
Run an Austin Air filter in the bedrooms at night. While is important to air out the home, use caution by paying close attention to pollin count, smoke from fireplaces or controlled burns, and wind direction. A direct breeze off the ocean will bring the cleanest air.