Dryer sheets serve a useful purpose. They keep our dresses from sticking to our thighs, and fleece jackets from sending electric currents through us when we pull them from the dryer. But – are they safe? In this post I'll discuss potential health concerns and what I've found to be suitable alternatives to conventional dryer sheets.
It might be surprising to hear that the quality of drinking water in our country is not very good. After all, most people in this country get their water through municipalities that regulate how the water is treated before it reaches our homes. Unfortunately, the treatment systems aren’t perfect. Sometimes the water supply can be contaminated by outside sources. Chemicals are added to water to treat other harmful contamination. And sometimes the pipes that deliver water from the treatment plant to our homes leach harmful chemicals into the water (think lead).
Healthy indoor air quality is a necessity for healthy living. We breathe in over 15,000 liters of air every day! A lot of people think that outdoor air is the most polluted air we breathe, but in most cases the air in our homes is more polluted than outdoor air. Outdoor air pollution is caused by traffic, farming, industrial practices, and construction. But that outdoor air pollution doesn’t stay outside. It finds its way into our homes through doors, windows, and all the tiny holes in the walls, roof, and foundation. And believe me, even though they can’t be seen, houses are generally full of tiny holes!
A healthy kitchen is a kitchen that promotes good eating habits and reduces your exposure to harmful toxins. A healthy kitchen is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and a healthy home. In my last post I covered many key elements for designing a healthy kitchen, but what if you aren’t doing a kitchen remodel? Luckily, you don’t need to tear your kitchen to the ground to create a healthier space to prepare your meals. Follow these strategies to give your kitchen a healthy makeover right now.
Our homes are filled with building materials, furnishings and household products that contain loads of harmful chemicals. The chemicals make their way into the air and we end up breathing in the toxins. Yuck. Luckily, there are so many things we can do to reduce our exposure to toxins in our homes. Learn how you can start making the transition to a toxin free home today.
Think about how you spent your day yesterday. If you are like most Americans, you woke up, took some time getting ready for work, walked into your garage, drove to work, sat/stood/walked at your desk for 8-10 hours, possibly stepping outdoors for a 10 or 20 minute break for lunch, got back in your car at the end of the day, drove to the gym (good for you!), then drove home, cooked dinner, ate, cleaned up, sank into the couch for a few minutes if you were lucky, and then went to bed. Does that sound like a typical day for you? How much time did you get to be outdoors?