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Green Your Home: 5 Healthy Habits

Reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals at home with these easy changes.

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Reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals at home with these easy changes.

1. Replace Your Upholstery

We all love snuggling up on the couch with a book, but beware of your favorite spot. Recently listed as a carcinogen in California, many foam products contain flame retardant chemicals like Tris. Clear away health risks by replacing your foam sofas, pillows, and beds with greener options made with wool or other natural fibers.

2. Leave Your Shoes Outside

Leaving shoes by the front door is more than just polite. Shoes can track radon and other harmful chemicals from outside into your home. So be polite and health-conscious when entering a home and leave the sneaks by the front door.

3. Get a Chlorine-Filtered Shower

woman showering outdoors beach

While you’re getting clean in the shower, you may also be inviting 100 times the chlorine than if you were drinking a gallon of water. Try adding a chlorine filter to your shower head to ensure a truly cleansing shower.

4. Buy Formaldehyde Free Carpets and Rugs

Carpets and rugs should add warmth to your home, not chemicals. Found in many carpets and rugs, formaldehyde was recently listed as a human carcinogen and can also cause nose and eye irritation in children. Read labels before purchasing to make sure your space is chemical free.

5. Use VOC-Free Wall Paint

Adding a fresh coat of paint can liven up a home. But be careful when choosing paints as many chemicals in regular paints combine to form volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a compound of smog linked to respiratory illness. Look for VOC-free or low-VOC paints in the store.