It was my baby’s first birthday last week! It was a bittersweet day because she’s my fourth (and likely last) baby. I’ve really worked hard this year at cleaning up my house – not from dirt per se – but from unseen hazards to make it a healthier place for us all to live.
Here are some easy and frugal things I’ve done to make my home a healthier haven!
1. Reduce or eliminate artificial food dyes and sweeteners. – Instead of the traditional birthday cake full of dyes (red no. 3, blue no. 1, yellow no. 5), we served up a plain cake with berries and homemade whipped cream for my baby’s first birthday. Despite the fact that someone nibbled some of the cake (I have my suspicions about who it was…), I heard a few people at the party say that it was the BEST birthday cake they’ve had a party! Yay for natural ingredients (and lots of berries and whipped cream)!! 🙂 It’s tough to completely eliminate these dyes. Start reading food labels. They are everywhere!
2. Eliminate chemically laden cleaners and opt for baking soda and vinegar instead. – Did you know that your cleaners off-gas in your home and pollute your indoor air quality?? By banning chemical cleaners from my home, I’m helping to keep the indoor air quality cleaner. The EPA estimates that some homes, schools, and offices have 2-5 times more pollutants inside than are found outside! Keeping nasty stuff out of my home is important to me. You can read here for more information.
3. Add plants to your home decor! Plants also help keep your indoor air cleaner. And they look pretty, too! With asthma and allergies on the rise, and tightly insulated homes not allowing much air flow, another thing you can do to improve your indoor air quality is to have live plants in your house to clean your air for you! Sure wish I could get them to do the dishes… 😉 Here is a list of the top 10 plants for cleaning indoor air. And, here is my favorite plant:
|Yes, I know this plant looks very sad! It’s my favorite because when it looks like this it’s time to water it! The next day, it will look like this:|
|Ah happy plant – thank you for helping to clean my indoor air!|
4. Plant your own organic garden. – It’s very easy to grow some of the food you eat even if you live in an urban area. Get yourself a few pots, some soil, some seeds, and let nature take its course! I’ve currently got lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, and carrots growing in pots outside my back door. We’ve already enjoyed some of the lettuce and I am anxiously watching the first little tomatoes appear. Can’t wait to eat them! We also have a huge garden outside with a lot more food. I love looking at summer meals and knowing that everything I’ve prepared came from a two mile radius to where I live!
5. Pay attention to the meat you eat. – Have you looked closely at the meat at the grocery store these days? Lots of meat is dyed red and gas packed to make it last longer. Chicken is often pumped full of a special “solution” adding sodium and who knows what else. I’ve never paid much attention to nitrates and nitrites, but I’m starting to because I’m sure they’re unhealthy, too. Pay attention and opt for the most natural meat you can find. I feed my family of 6 on $250 a month – but I almost always avoid meat with additives or that has been gas packed.
What do you do to keep your home a healthy haven?
For more tips, check out Healthy Child Healthy World for their own 5 Easy Steps!