Friday, June 28, 2019

Is Your Home a Healthy Living Environment?

Hey neighbors!

Do you do purchase products specifically to make your home a more healthy living environment?  Our family has been experimenting with different ideas for making our home more healthy.

I personally have a love of essential oil diffusers and use them quite regularly.  Rather than sprays and candles, I have chosen a couple of diffusers placed around the home to scent the home, as well as I believe many of the oils are beneficial to our health.  During cold season, I often use Eucalyptus oil to help with breathing.  I use lavender for soothing and to help sleep.  Lately I have been on a fresh citrus scent.  In our Neville, I often grab an essential oil and a couple of cotton balls, that I place in the car vents to help circulate the fragrance.  I also use peppermint oil on cotton balls as a healthy, natural pest control.  Below is one of the oil diffusers I have personally used in our home.


We also use dehumidifiers for our home, because this home seems to retain moisture, which can lead to mold.  And mold is definitely not healthy!  We had a few leaks in our roof, and that caused some major moisture issues for awhile, but also one of our bathrooms really stays moist.  There is no vent or window in this bathroom, so we have found using the dehumidifier works great fr removing the excess moisture.

In contrast to the dehumidifier, when my husband and daughters are suffering through the allergy season we often use a humidifier.  I have considered replacing our humidifier so I've been doing some research. I found this article that rates several of the different humidifiers available they mention some that you can use with essential oils.  Some feature auto-timers and night lights.  Hopefully this will help you with finding the perfect fit for your home.  Along with all of this, we make sure to wash bedding regularly to remove allergens.  Regularly changing filters out in your furnace and AC is a must.

You can also improve the environment of your home by using non-toxic, natural cleaning supplies.  We are consistently bombarding our homes with chemicals when we clean.  From countertops to tables to the floors our children and pets play on, we keep layering them with cleaning chemicals.  There are many options out there from DIY cleaning supplies to natural products you can purchase in your local retail store or online.  I often clean with vinegar and/or baking soda, as well as using oils from my supply of essential oils.

Speaking of pets, keeping them clean and free from fleas and ticks often seems to be an unending cycle of applying more chemicals.  If you do your research though you will find ways to go chemical free and still keep your pets clean and protected from those little pests.

A couple other items to have in your home would include a smoke detector, that you check regularly to make sure it is working.  Mark your calendar to replace batteries.  Next would be a carbon monoxide alarm.  Make sure you purchase one or more each of these items based on the size of your home.  You can also purchase a 2 in 1 that has both a smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm.

I hope this information helps someone.  I know there are many more things you can do to make a home a healthy, living environment.  If you have some ideas, please share them in the comments.  Thank you for stopping by today, where neighbors share.


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