Welcome to the second step in our Simple Steps to Go Green series. If you missed step 1 or would like a reminder, please read this post.
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Step #2 Make your home less toxic.
Indoor pollutants come from all sorts of chemicals we use to make our lives easier – paints, carpets, furniture, household cleaners, and personal care products, to name a few. Below are some examples of ways to make your home the sanctuary it should be.
The simple action of removing your shoes before entering the home can help prevent bringing all the gross stuff on the bottom of your shoes into your house. Your shoes have dirt, germs, and tons of other junk on them, so why would you want to bring all of that into your home when it is easily preventable?
Another way to make your home less toxic is by having plants in your home. Plants can help to purify the air inside the home.
Reduce/limit VOCs: Most air fresheners contain VOCS. If you are going to paint, please choose low VOC paint.
Consider organic cotton bedding, which isn’t treated with chemicals.
Another way is by using green cleaners (including laundry detergent). Your home should be a safe environment, not one full of toxins. Some scary examples:
-Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home.
-Common chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning.
-The average US home generates more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year (the EPA designates toilet cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, oven cleaners, and bleach as hazardous waste).
Cleaners are one of the leading causes of toxins in the home. This is especially true regarding children and pets.
Thankfully, going “green” is becoming more popular. As a result, there are many more “green” choices available and they have become much more effective.
My favorite green cleaners are from Shaklee. To learn more about my favorite non-toxic cleaning products, please read my prior post.
Now through the end of September, Shaklee is offering free shipping and free membership (over a $39 value) on the Get Clean package. As always, Shaklee has their 100% money-back guarantee, so there is no risk to try them! Please contact me with any questions or to assist with ordering and/or click this link to start shopping!
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Great post with lots of good tips, thank you! And I’ve heard great things about Shaklee!
Thanks for the advise.. We are trying to get as organic as we can..
Many years ago I had a friend who sold Shaklee. I tried a few of their products and liked them quite well. Lots of great tips here.
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Great tips for going green. We use natural products to clean our home and remove our shoes when we come in to the house as well.
Great points. Green plants absolutely a good idea!
I love this!! And I agree. I hadn’t thought about organic bedding before, but now I’m looking into that. And of course, you know I love those Shaklee cleaners. That is all I’ve used in my home for over 3 years!