Your home should be a safe haven, not only from the stress you face from day to day life, but also from any illnesses and environmental hazards. As such, you should employ ways that will keep it safe and toxic free. Here are some of the tips to keeping your home healthy.
Below we share with you 9 tips to keep your home its healthiest.
1. Only choose safe cleaning products. A common mistake people make with their cleaning products is not looking at what they comprise of. These cleaning agents are used all over the home ranging from the bathrooms, the kitchen, the living rooms, and even the floors. Selecting cleaning products that are safe and non-toxic ensures your home is safe.
2. Stay away from synthetic materials. Most people will find this step one of the hardest, as synthetic materials tend to be the cheaper option. Thus, you will find most household items such as carpets; clothing, furnishings and more are cheaper when made from synthetic fires. However, if you would like to keep your home safe you would be better off with items made from organic fibers.
3. Let fresh air in. A common mistake most people do is constantly running their air conditioning to keep their air in their home circulating. However, this is not the best way of doing this. It is advisable to open your windows and even your skylight if you have one at least once a day to let in some fresh air into the home.
4. Stay away from paints and glue that contain VOC. You can get alternatives that contain low amounts of these and these tend to be much safer for use in your home. Constant exposure to VOC from the paint in your home could affect your health as well as the people who live in your home.
5. Open the window when taking a bath or a shower. If you do not have a window in your bathroom, install a fan. This is because humid bathrooms are a haven for mold. In small amounts, this mold may not be harmful but when it accumulates over time, it could be a health hazard.
6. Clean your home regularly. Most people probably do this but do not do it thoroughly. Dust bunnies tend to accumulate over time. The more dust bunnies present in your home, the less clean the air that you breathe is. Whether you're cleaning marble countertops or vacuuming the house, be sure to do it thoroughly to keep your home its healthiest.
7. Have the furnaces and heaters in your home inspected regularly. The most common problem that one could encounter with these appliances is leaks. Gas leaks could not only kill you by inhaling the flames, but they also pose a risk of an explosion occurring. Most people assume they would immediately smell a gas leak but slow leaks typically go unnoticed thus it is recommended to have them looked at from time to time.
8. In addition to having your appliances checked for leaks, also ensure that you have smoke and carbon dioxide detectors installed in your home.
9. Switch off electrical appliances when they are not in use. Not only is this cost effective on your utility bills, but it also decreases your exposure to EMFs.
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Marble is one of the most exquisite stones that could be used in homes either for countertops or for flooring purposes. However, this stone is much more porous than other minerals and as such is quite prone to staining. It also retains these stains much easier than other stones that are dense. As such, you should take considerable care when you own marble countertops or tile flooring.
So what are some of the top cleaning solutions for marble countertops? Below we share with you six tips for cleaning marble countertops.
1. When wiping down marble, ensure that you do so with lukewarm water with a soft cloth. Once in a while, you could use mild detergents, such as a specified marble cleaner, but ensure that they do not contain too many harsh chemicals as these would ruin the sealer on the marble. Once you have finished cleaning the marble countertops, ensure that you wipe them dry to avoid streaking.
2. For people who would like to care for their marble countertops a step further, you could consider waxing them from time to time. Although the marble countertops will come with marble sealer, the extra coat of wax will provide additional protection.
3. Keep acidic substances away from marble. Marble is a gorgeous material and although it is not as dense as granite, it is still quite durable. However, it does not react well with acidic substances. These will include liquids such as wine, juice, coffee and more. Spills from acidic substances will cause chemical etching to the marble countertops and this will compromise its appearance.
4. Install marble in areas that experience little traffic. The most common areas for marble installation tend to be kitchen countertops as well as bathroom countertops. Although they make these areas look appealing, the countertops are also much more prone to succumb to wear and tear in these regions. The best places to install marble would be powder bath, surrounding tuba, stone fireplaces, floor tiles as well as table tops. When using marble as floor tiles, ensure you place mats and rugs on areas that experience a lot of foot traffic.
5. If you would like to keep you marble countertops shiny and new, ensure that they are exposed to very little amounts of dust as well as dirt. That is why it important to wipe the marble every day so as not to let the dust get a chance to settle and accumulate. In addition to this, dirt and grime could end up being abrasive to the marble. That is why it is essential to ensure that the marble surfaces are not covered in dirt.
6. If you have marble floor tiles, it is advisable to have visitors take their shoes off at the door before they come in. If this is not an option, then you should have entrance mats for them to scrape of the dirt from their shoes. Small pieces of grit in the shoes will cause scratches to the marble. When cleaning marble floors, use a soft mop or a broom with soft bristles. Vacuuming the marble would also be a good option before cleaning marble but ensure that there is no grit caught in the wheels of the vacuum cleaner.
Well there you have it. Six tips cleaning tips to help sustain the life of your marble countertops. Just be sure to use the right marble cleaner to ensure optimal protection and sustainability.continue...
Your home is supposed to be a safe, clean, and health environment for you and your family to reside. However, it's becoming increasingly common to see homes that are neglected of good health and cleanliness.
In addition, homeowners should be well aware of the different hazards that could lead to an array of health ailments, such as lead poisoning, asthma, and a host of other health problems. Here we share with you a number of tips keep your home healthy and clean.
One of the most common causes of asthma as well as upper respiratory tract infection is moisture in the home. This moisture will come from both the interior as well as the exterior of the home. You can prevent the accumulation of moisture by ensuring that the home has been constructed properly and that plumbing systems are working efficiently. Excess moisture in the home makes your house prone to the growth of mold, infestation by pests and also poor ventilation.
Pests are one of the leading causes of allergens in the house as well as being disease causing vectors. You can ensure that pests do not gain entry into your home by sealing any holes and cracks in walls, getting rid of any water sources around the home and ensuring that all food is stored in sealed containers. One thing to note about pest control is that using pesticides also puts you and your family at risk of getting poisoned. As such, it is better to look for options that will not be harmful to either humans or pests such as diatomaceous earth or boric acid.
Most people will claim to clean their homes on a regular basis but how thoroughly do you clean your house? Dust should be cleaned out daily as its accumulation can cause a number of health problems. Keep in mind pesticides and other chemicals that can be found in products around the home and cause allergic reactions. You should control the amount of dirt that comes into the home and also take note of the cleaning products that are used around the home. Some cleaning products as simple as a basic marble cleaner can have unwanted chemicals that could pose health risks.
Air quality is a serious household concern that easily goes overlooked by the common homeowner. In short, the air you breathe in your home should be as clean as possible. Proper ventilation will ensure the house remains well ventilated with a good circulation of air. There are also a number of air cleaning products that you can buy that help filter dust and allergens from air. These devices are great investments, especially for older homes that might have less clean of air quality than a newer home.
This simple means ensuring there are no contaminants that could poison the people of that household the biggest culprit of this is cleaning products as they tend to have a wide range of harmful chemicals. The paint that you use is also an important consideration if you would like to avoid exposure to lead poisoning. In some cases, you may want to consider hiring an inspector to evaluate certain areas of your home that are prone to such risks. In addition, you may also want to assess how well the home is sealed and protected from contaminants. A good grout sealer can go a long way.
Keeping your home safe will make its occupants less prone to health issues and injuries. One of the best places to start would be installing smoke detectors in the home as fires tend to be the leading cause of injuries. If you already have fire alarms, then consider having a fire alarm inspection done to ensure all devices are in good working condition.continue...
Because marble is a soft stone that is sensitive to common, chemically-based household cleaners, it's important to use specific marble cleaning products that are safe on the natural stone's surface.
In short, acids and chemicals will corrode the surface of marble, causing etching. And when it etching occurs, a more extensive approach to marble restoration is needed.
As a result, it's key to invest in the right marble cleaning products. In this post, we'll share with your four marble cleaners that are both safe and effective at cleaning marble.
There have been praises about this product and even after using it for two days it is already one of the top picks. Although it may seem to be an expensive option retailing at $7.99 for a bottle of 12 oz. with an additional $5 for shipping, it is worth it in the end. The marble cleaner spray emits a fine mist which can encompass a large surface thus you should not use much of it to clean large areas. In addition to this, it has a clean scent although somewhat laced with chemicals. One thing though would be it would be much better with a high design bottle such as other types of Method products. The Method website guarantees the product to be both biodegradable as well as safe.
These kitchen wipes are bleach free. Ever since the E. coli scare there has been much thought put into how people clean their kitchen worktops. The product’s package claims to kill both salmonella as well as E. coli. Since it is not advisable to use harsh chemicals when cleaning marble, they are best used for the moments you are looking to clean surfaces thoroughly rather than simply wipe them down. The wipes are also good to use on stainless steel sinks. It is an advantage when a product can be out to use for more than one task. Although these wipes are quite convenient, there are worries about the implications they could have on the environment considering each wipe is for one time use. The wipes retail for $3.19 for a tub of 35.
This product is the strongest smelling and also comes in the most aesthetically appealing packaging. During testing of the product it was found that the lavender smell could be quite overpowering especially while cooking something else in the kitchen. However, most people commented on how it was rather refreshing as compared to other countertop sprays. This product has the least amount of ingredients that are chemically based and as such has almost no chemical smell. In addition to this, it is biodegradable as well as “cruelty free”. It retails for $5 from the website and at $4.99 from Drugstore.com. We stopped using this though due to the streaking that it causes.
The 32 oz. bottle retails at $8.95 excluding tax. It can be used to clean a range of surfaces such as marble floors, shower, walls and more. It works quite well on different materials such as marble, porcelain tiles as well as ceramic. This product makes you feel like you are cleaning your marble surfaces like a professional as NeutraSheen is a popular choice for hotels as well as marble cleaning companies. Since it comes in a 32 oz. bottle it is quite economical as a small amount can go a long way in cleaning and caring for marble. If you are a looking for a solution for everyday spills, this product will make short work of it.
Do you have a favorite marble cleaner product that you like to use? Let us know in the comments section below.continue...
Nothing is more pleasing than relaxing all year round in a home that embraces nature. A home that keeps you cool in summer, warm in winter and everything you need in between. A truly eco-friendly home is one that blends both the indoor and outdoor living, it not only has the ability to feed your family, but also sustains the environment.
An eco-friendly home not only helps you save the planet, you'll also be saving money. So if you love saving money and you want more options to help pinch the pennies, there are plenty of ways around the house to start practicing eco-friendly alternatives and cut back your carbon footprint.
Food and yard waste can be put into a compost pile, rather than going to the landfill in a plastic bag. Composting not only produces amazing soil for future gardens, but placing food scraps in a compost pile eliminates the need to toss them in the garbage (minimizing nasty garbage odors and having to take out the trash).
The soil produced through the composts is rich in nutrients and can used for you lawn, garden or flower beds. It is also much cheaper to make your own compost rather than going to the garden store to buy one.
From solar hot water to photo-voltaic electricity to wind turbines and energy efficient lighting, your home is designed for a sustainable and eco-friendly power use. Find out which organizations offer green power in your state. The results will include utility green pricing programs, renewable energy certificate (REC) products, and retail green power products offered in competitive electricity markets.
Many households already embrace an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Whether you invest in bins from your local waste management company or you opt to use your own bins to take to a local recycling center, recycling will help you minimize reusable materials that goes into the garbage and land fill.
It is probably realistic to argue that one person turning down his thermostat or recycling a magazine isn't going to save the planet, but if we all make our own contributions, we can have a positive impact on our immediate and wider environment. Recycling can be as simple as using a used tin as a plant pot for herbs or as complex as recovering an old chair. However, the good thing is that what might be seen as a waste can be given a new lease of life.
Avoid disposable plastic bottles. Most people usually claim that the reason why they do buy bottled water is because of convenience, supposed health benefits and better taste. Yet, majority of these people cannot identify any valid reason why they choose bottled water over reusable bottles. Drinking bottled water increases waste.
It's estimated that American's throw away over 2 million water bottles every single hour, and even though some people recycle, the recycling rate is estimated to be around 27% meaning that still, majority of plastic bottles that are produced end up in water systems and landfills. So what are your options? Start using reusable and environmentally friendly reusable water bottles, it is not only beneficial for our wallets, but for our health too.
Stop using disposable bags. Order some reusable snack bags for lunches, picnics and travelling or you can make your own which is insanely easy. By investing in reusable snack bags and lunch gear, you can minimize the expense and effectively manage the waste produced by plastic bags. One reusable bag can replace hundreds or even thousands of single-use plastic bags over the course of its lifetime.
Earth-wise bags are great for carrying about anything and using them is an environmentally responsible thing to do- they offer durability, convenience, multiple uses, safety and protection.continue...
The Ancient Chinese Feng Shui is a philosophy which promotes health and prosperity in persons who follow its principles by creating equilibrium between the natural environment and a person’s home or general household. Among some of the important tips to be followed for a clean eco-friendly household (based on the Feng Shui philosophy) are noted below.
Most cleaning products are manufactured using toxic chemicals for their bleaching effect. Replace these toxic cleaning products with environmentally friendly and healthy cleaning products. It is advisable to purchase eco-friendly detergents for dish-washing and cleaning. Some of the best alternatives include white vinegar which can be used for toilet cleaning and baking soda for laundry cleaning.
Opening of windows and doors will let in fresh air into your house while getting rid of pollutants. This creates a cool atmosphere and provides your home with clean air for breathing. Breathing of clean air will immensely benefit your lungs and promote good breathing to you and your family.
Lighten your house and shed light in the dark places. Encourage maximum penetration of light into your house and also by use of artificial lighting to brighten up your household. Natural day light promotes good health to you and your pets. This will help you avoid the health problems and depression which may arise from living in poorly lit environments. It is also advisable to plant healthy flowers and plants in corners to make them lively.
Air fresheners and laundry products have chemical compounds which activate air pollution when used and thus are not environmentally friendly. Avoid using them and make use of eco-friendly products. Healthier garments and laundered items are free from smell. Air-dry your sheets after laundry too.
100% ccertified organic cotton is far superior to polyester. Therefore use cotton products and clothing whenever possible. From basic clothing items to more unique products like Eco Lunch Gear's eco-friendly snack bags, cotton fabric is long-lasting and soft on skin. Try to use only 100% certified organic cotton products as most cotton is contaminated by the pesticides, fungicides and herbicides that they are exposed to during growth.
The brightly colored toilet papers and towels are composed of chemical dyes such as aniline. These chemical dyes are chemical toxins which are usually partially absorbed by your skin when they fade. Find better alternatives like eco-friendly reusable napkins and recycled toilet paper for use by your households. Use toilet paper which is not bleached using chlorine and is unscented. Use products with no dyes too.
It is a kind choice to use household products made from recycled materials. These products are eco-friendly and will not harm the environment when produced, used or when disposed. Use recycled products helps in the conservation of the environment by reducing pollution and emission of the harmful greenhouse gases which are also harmful to the planet. Feng Shui principals, when applied to your home space will create a desired and eco-friendly atmosphere.
Do you have any Feng Shui tips to create a more clean, eco-friendly living environment? Please share your ideas in the comments below.continue...
At the dawn of the 21st century, green is no longer just a color, but a symbol of honor for those who consistently act to safeguard the future of our planet. Individuals who are aware of the plight of our environment continue to use materials, which are considered environmentally friendly.
In response to the worldwide advocacy to protect the environment, green tile came to light. "Green tile" is simply a way to label tile that's been created using a more eco-friendly and sustainable process. Some of these tile options also help give your room a more natural feel (such as bamboo and cork tile.)
If you're interested in such eco-friendly tile, below we highlight five of the most popular green tile flooring options.
Bamboo tiles are gaining quite a popularity and considered a popular alternative to wood. Although bamboo tiles share almost similar qualities with a hardwood in terms of durability and ease of maintenance, they actually come from a type of grass.
Compared to trees that can take as much as twenty years to mature, bamboo grows to maturity within three to five years. Moreover, the bamboo used for tiles are generally grown on a natural vegetation, making it a sustainable and eco-friendly tile material. Bamboo tiles are lightweight and are available in various colors, grains, and hues, allowing customization for any décor or setting.
Although cork is relatively new, it has gained a large following in the flooring world because it is a great material that can last up to 30 years. Cork is a renewable source because it is harvested from the bark of the trees, commonly found in the Mediterranean forests.
Moreover, the bark grows back within three years, as the trees are not cut down. Just like wood, cork is durable for use in any part of the house. It also comes in various finishes to match any design style or color scheme. Cork tile have natural anti-microbial properties, effectively reducing allergens. Cork also has fire retardant properties and can also work as a natural insect repellent.
Glass tile are fast becoming a brilliant tile option for the floors, kitchen walls, and bathroom. They are often translucent, luminous, colorful, and graphic, bringing new energy to the entire space. Glass is a renewable, eco-friendly tile material, which are recycled from wine bottles, beer bottles, and other industrial glass. Glass tiles are also easy to maintain, as they are stain resistant, non-absorbent, and do not develop mold or mildew even in damp environments.
As a great alternative to leeway ceramic tile, glass tile come in an attractive array of patterns, colors, and finishes, perfect for almost all types of design schemes. Glass tile also provides natural layers of light as they reflect light, rather than absorbing it.
While hardwood is generally not considered an eco-friendly tile material, hardwood tiles can still be a green flooring option. Traditionally, hardwood floor materials were made of maple, ash, oak, cherry, and walnut. They can still be an option if you use wood tile made from reclaimed hardwood.
Reclaimed hardwood tiles are made from salvaged hardwood that were cut down and chopped many years ago. These tiles can look sublime when used in a beach cottage or in traditional-style home.
For many years, people have interchanged the term vinyl and linoleum. In reality, vinyl is made of synthetic, chlorinated petrochemicals. On the other hand, linoleum is an eco-friendly tile option because it is created from a mixture of ground limestone, wood flour, cork dust, tree resins, linseed oil, and natural pigments.
Linoleum tiles are water resistant and fire retardant. Although the popularity of linoleum has eroded by the introduction of vinyl many years ago, it has reemerged in an array of vibrant colors and finishes, on the onset of high demand for environment-friendly floor tile.
Green solutions consider the very nature of the materials, the cleaning consideration, the installation application, and its ability to be recycled, reused, or integrated back into the environment, without affecting the sustainability of the environment. Thus, the emergence of the eco-friendly tile shops is probably one of the best innovations designed, for home and commercial spaces.continue...
A ceramic tile refers to any type of tile made from ceramic raw materials like porcelain or earthenware. This common type of tile is made from a variety of natural products that include sand and a mixture of clays.
The raw materials involved are usually mixed then molded into the desired shape before being placed into a kiln where high temperatures of about 1250 degrees are applied. The ceramic tiles may be either unglazed or glazed. The unglazed ceramic tiles are much more porous or permeable than the glazed tiles.
It is recommended that when using these ceramics, textured tiles can be used or the finishing can be done with a non-slip product which enhances safety in the home. Natural stones on the other hand also have appealing characteristics in longevity and durability which allow them to be conveniently useful externally and internally on properties. They have a natural beauty that makes the home appealing and beautiful.
There are a variety of benefits that are associated with the use of the ceramic tile and natural stone tile in bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and other rooms in the home as compared to using other standard types of tile. They include:
Overall, choosing natural stone and ceramic tile for your home can be a healthier option compared to other more conventional forms of tile. Ceramic tile provides a wealth of advantages that you just can beat with other tile options.continue...
Home automation systems can add not only deliver added convenience to a homeowners, but the right home automation technology can minimize stress in an otherwise hectic existence. Home automation systems can include features such as: centralized lighting control; heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), locks, security, surveillance systems, and more.
Home automation systems, which rely on electricity to operate within the house, can also be synced with today's smartphones for optimal control. This is expressly beneficial as it pertains to the health care of disabled and elderly individuals by enhancing their life quality and managing life's duties more efficiently.
Automating your homes allows you the convenience of setting timers for thermostats, lighting (interior and exterior) as well as the ability to monitor your home remotely from your smartphone. The convenience of a system is not limited to when you are away from home. Once you cross your threshold, you are able to control your home from a satellite-based remote, or even a mobile phone (depending on the technology.)
With some home automation systems, you can control lighting, televisions, audio, the coffee maker and more. No longer will you need to walk about the home to set timers, adjust temperature or turn off lights in unoccupied rooms. You will finally be able to truly come home and relax.
Added security is one of the most attractive benefits of automation. If you have a bustling household and are often left wondering if you, a spouse or a child has locked the door, home automation allows you to check and lock the door remotely.
With this technology, should a loved one lose a key, there is zero need to run out to a hardware store to have a copy made. No one enjoys the inconvenience nor the cost (no matter how menial) of having an errand added to their daily routine. Locks that are integrated into an automated system have key pads, your loved one can simply enter a code in order to gain entrance into the home.
Also, the remote audio and video feeds that can be accessed via your smart phone allow for piece of mine when away from home for lengthy periods of time; or as loved ones are being cared for while you are away. Some home automation system providers specialized in entertainment-focuses systems with home audio capabilities.
Energy efficiency allows the system to essentially pay for itself with the money that is saved. An intelligent thermostat allows you to reduce the temperature in your home during the hours that no one is home, as well as reduce power to appliances that are not in use during peak hours.
With home automation, you will know the precise moment that anyone enters or exits your home, increasing your piece of mind when it pertains to your family. Whether you would like to make sure that your children arrived home safely and timely after school, or you want to confirm that the repair person has left on time; the information is available to you in real time via your smart phone.
Investing in a home automation system may very well be the best move for your home and family. Alongside the convenience, increases efficiency and money saving attributes; this system can add value to your home as well as act as a life-line for some. Second to securing what is most precious to you, increasing the equity in your home is highly important to a home owner. A home automation system provides that.continue...
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