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January 2019 Healthy Home Challenge

SO FRESH AND SO FREE FREE!

With the holidays still a fresh financial wound, let’s use January as the month to get a quick and completely free win, shall we?  No trips to the store and absolutely no money needed, this challenge will allow you to sleep in a healthier home as soon as tonight!

Below are five $0 healthy home hacks that you may want to try.  Even implementing just a couple of these tips could yield incredible results!

  1. Turn off your router at night.Though a wired connection is healthier, faster, and more secure, I get it – it’s 2019 and you want wireless internet!  Even if you must have WiFi during the day, turning your wireless router off at night (using a cheap timer, if needed) will help give your body a break from the strong EMF.
  2. Take your shoes off at the door.  Your shoes are covered in chemicals and pesticides, viruses and bacteria, and even poop!  This simple step will drastically reduce the amount of nasties on your floor – a must for those with little crawlers in the home.
  3. Unplug your electronics when not in use.  Many electronics, including smart TVs, gaming consoles, wireless printers, and even some CPAP machines broadcast extremely high levels of microwave radiation – even when not turned on.
  4. Toss the air fresheners.  The smell of “ocean breeze” coming from your plug-in air freshener is actually a proprietary laboratory blend of hundreds of different chemicals under the deceptively-innocent-sounding term “fragrance.”  Many of these compounds have known negative health consequences.
  5. Move your alarm clock.  When it comes to EMF, distance is your friend.  Not only will walking into the next room to turn off your alarm clock help you wake up, it will spare you an electromagnetic assault that can rival what occurs under high-tension power lines.
  6. Slow down your vacuum.  Experts agree that it is far more effective to vacuum your carpets less frequently, but more thoroughly.  Ideally, work over a 3-foot by 3-foot section for two minutes.  You’ll be shocked at how much dust comes up!
  7. Use your bathroom exhaust fan.  This little guy will help you to maintain healthy indoor humidity levels, and may prevent mold, mildew, and mite infestations.  Ideally, run the fan for the duration of your shower and for no less than 30 minutes afterwards.
  8. Give damp dusting a try.  Dust is the perfect carrier for dangerous chemicals in your home including hormone-disrupting phthalates.  Rather than stir them up with a broom or feather duster, use a damp microfiber cloth or wet-mop instead.
  9. Use natural lighting.  Here in the Sunshine State, there is no better way to reduce your energy bill and improve your mood than to use natural daylight as much as possible.  Full spectrum is best (and even window glass blocks out certain light frequencies), so as soon as the weather allows, open your windows and let the sun shine in.
  10. Empty your lint trap outside.  In addition to fabric threads, your dryer lint is full of chemicals, pesticides, and allergy-triggers.  One of the easiest ways to reduce the chemical load in your home, is not to reintroduce this to your indoor air – just step outside to remove your lint (hint: do the same with your vacuum bin).

 

February 2019 Healthy Home Challenge

SLEEP DEEPLY, MY FRIEND

When it comes to “healthifying” your home, few things can make a bigger impact than your bedroom.  Not only do you spend more time here than anywhere else in the home, it is where you are located during your body’s critical rest and repair stage.

Because of this, building biologists and other healthy housing strategists often place a primary focus on creating a calming sleep sanctuary.  Here are my top tips for helping you design a health-promoting bedroom:

  1. Your room should be electrically quiet.  The ideal is to cut the circuit breakers to your bedrooms every night.  The next best strategy involves removing all non-necessary electronics from the bedroom, unplugging remaining devices when not in use, and positioning the devices that operate overnight (such as a CPAP machine or alarm clock) as far away from the bed as possible.
  2. Use natural textiles. What goes on your skin goes in your skin, so it is important that both your pajamas and your bedding be made of natural fibers.  Choose options made with organic cotton, linen, jute, and wool.
  3. The goal is total darkness.Your bedroom should be completely dark when you go to sleep.  To achieve this, you may need to purchase black out curtains, and put LED covers over the indicator lights of anything still plugged in.
  4. Reduce allergens. Your pillow and mattress are havens for dust mites and other allergy-triggers, and you breathe them in all night long.  Keep dust mites, bacteria, and fungus under control by disinfecting your mattress and pillow with a vapor steamer (dry steamer) every 2 months. Also consider removing carpeting and bulky curtains from bedroom.
  5. Cool it down.  Studies have shown that a cool air temperature can improve your sleep quality.  Ideally, program your home to be in the 60-65°F range during sleep, and then to begin warming up about 30 minutes before sunrise.
  6. Move your bed.  Position your bed so that the head of your bed faces the door.  Feng shui practitioners refer to this as the “command position,” and it is meant to allow you to better relax with a sense of control over your environment.
  7. Check your smoke detector.  Hopefully your home has a smoke detector in – or just outside of – your bedrooms.  The problem is that not all smoke detectors are created equally.  For reasons varying from significantly better fire detection and a lack of radioactive material (gasp!), I suggest that your smoke detector be photoelectric, not ionizing.
  8. Consider an EMF-shielding bed canopy.  While cutting power to your own bedroom at night is extremely helpful, it is hard to control what your neighbors choose to do in their space.  By protecting you from electromagnetic pollution, a canopy can help you get deeper and more restful sleep.
  9. Remove your dry cleaning.  In case you weren’t aware, dry cleaning uses a water-free, extremely toxic chemical solution to launder clothes.  If you dry clean certain items, you can significantly reduce your chemical load by storing them away from living and sleeping areas.  I suggest the garage or a hallway closet.
  10. Get rid of clutter.  Your bedroom is the best place for you to decompress after a stressful day, but this are nearly impossible in a cluttered space.  An organized and tidy bedroom will give you the mental bandwidth to properly recharge.