When it comes to being more environmentally aware, most people think that this is something only the Big Corporations can make a difference with. Unfortunately that seems to be the overall perception and how I see it, People are detached from that Subject mostly due to very little information and awareness.
I am here to tell you that EVERYONE can do and should do there part and it WILL make a difference.
Global warming is REAL Eco friendly is REAL and you can help by starting with small changes in your own life. I will give you some Ideas how to start. Things I have been doing since I was a little girl, my Family and I live it. Sharing this lifestyle is just another part on how I am still making a difference.
Good Home Environment.
A good Home Environment is not just a well-kept house that is clean with a pretty Garden. It should also be healthy and positive.
Think about what you are using on a daily bases. What is it you used to clean your Surfaces with, your Carpet, Clothing and so on? Read the labels on those Products and see if you can pronounce any of the ingredients. If not, there is a good chance that you are using chemicals that can actually harm the environment and in return YOU.
What can you do?
Start by opening your Windows. You just cooked something smelly and it stinks up the kitchen, rather then reaching for that bottle with smelly stuff that just covers those smells, think as to how can it be that one smell can get rid of the other if it never even leaves your room? Where does it go?
My Kids used to make fun of me, saying that when ever I woke up, the first thing I did was open the Windows no matter if it rains or shines or even in the Winter. I still do so and most of the time I don’t even close them at night Unless there is a major Snow Storm or Temperatures are too cold. In case, you wonder, now that my kids are Adults, they are doing it as well.
It has been proven over and over again by Researchers like The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Individuals that have been living this way for generations, that when you open a Window you let out not only the foul smell but also the indoor pollution. Yes, there is pollution in your “clean” e. Like the ashes of your Fireplace, the dandruff from your Dog or your left over skin cells that fall of in your bed while you sleep. The air that comes out of your Vents when the AC or heat is on. (by the way, when was the last time you cleaned out the Vent/Ducts and not just the filters) . In a Studies by the cps c.gov it was stated that
“a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted then the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of there time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors then outdoors.” you can start with
I am not trying to skeeve you out or scare you but want you to look around and think how you can help!
Forget the Dryer
Have you ever been to Germany or any other Country in Europe? If so you most likely seen the Laundry hanging from the Window cills or on lines over the small Roads of the Town and they seem to hang there night and day. This is not because they can not afford a Dryer but because the fresh air will get rid of pollution settled on Clothe even after wash, when you air dry they will not just help your electric bill but will also give you an extra “cycle”. Sunlight is a Disinfectant, yes you hear that right. The UV that is so bad for our skin is actually good to get rid of petty bacteria. Its also great if you have a stain you can not get fully rid off.
I recently had a coffee stain on my favorite white Shirt, brand new of course, if you knew me you knew that this is exactly what happens to me.
I washed the Shirt in cold water, put a bit of Salt on the Spot and then put it in the bright Sun. Voila, Stain be gone…… Thank you, Sunshine.
Why Clean your Carpet
Besides the obvious cleaning the Dog hair, dirt you bring in on your shoes from the Outdoors, the Crumbs that fall during Dinner, and still are may more reasons you should keep your Carpets clean. It is suggested to vacuum at least twice a Week. Yes I get it’s not the most glamorous job or even fun but did you know:
In studies by the EPA and several Vacume Cleaner Manufacturers they found out that humans shed over 1million skin Cells every 24 hours, not sure how many an animal sheds but yuck to that. When looking a little deeper into what some fabrics attract I came across all kids of cridders including fleas , mold, moisture, spiders and Bed Bugs .
You thought that vacuuming is very unattractive to you, think again.
How to improve Home Quality?
Start with these 2 simple steps, air dry your Laundry, if you are lucky and have a garden use a clothesline between two Trees or get yourself a drying umbrella, in case, you have limit space or/and want to extend your air drying to a year around thing check out this drying rack by Everyday Home
Vacuum your carpet twice a week or if lucky enough make it a chore for the kids. Make sure you are using a hepa filter in your Furnace and a Vacuum that has them as well , keep your Windows open while vacuuming so any dust particles can fly right out rather then just settling in a different spot.
Till next time
Peace Love Harmony