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Harvard Research Team’s Tips For A Healthy Home

Tips For A Healthy Home

Our homes are supposed to be our safe havens but if we aren’t mindful the air within our homes can be more toxic than the air outside. Here is what recent research from Harvard says about keeping your home healthy.

  1. Take your shoes off at the door.
  2. Open the windows to let fresh air in.
  3. Make sure your smoke detector also checks for carbon dioxide.
  4. Use as much natural light as possible.
  5. Keep candles and incense to a minimum, and stamp them out when done. However, it is not clear that their research covers soy candles with organic wicks and candles and incense with naturally-derived aromas.
  6. Add an air purifier to the bedroom, or at least a few plants.
  7. Keep moisture in the bathroom to a minimum.
  8. Stop using chemical air fresheners, especially in the bathroom which is a small and confined space.
  9. Make the move to non-toxic skincare and beauty products.
  10. Minimize your risk of antimicrobial resistance by not using antimicrobial hand soap.
  11. Test your home for lead, radon, and asbestos.
  12. Cook with glass, cast iron or ceramic cookware.
  13. If you have a gas stovetop always use the ventilator when cooking.
  14. Vacuum regularly with a HEPA filter.
  15. Make sure your fireplace is properly ventilated.
  16. Choose low or no-VOC furniture, paint, flooring, and home accessories.
  17. Never smoke indoors.
  18. Dehumidify your basement and attic.
  19. Green your indoor pest control.
  20. Green your outdoor pesticides and herbicides.

You can view and download the full report, which also includes healthy tips for cities, offices, aviation, and more!

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