Home Improvements for Health: A DIY Healthy Home Guide

By on July 13, 2016

Home is where the heart is. It’s where you rest, recharge and enjoy your life. Whether it’s a busy bustling home with many generations or a quiet place for you and a select few, creating the safest, most health conscious environment possible is a big task that is worth undertaking. The following three tips will make your home just a little bit healthier for you and the ones you love.

Keep UV Rays at Bay

Minimize skin cancer concerns with UVA-filtering film. It comes in sheets that you place over the windows in your home. It reduces window glare by over 50 percent and blocks 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays, according to Skin Cancer Foundation. It also decreases the amount you spend on air conditioning and heating bills.

Don’t forget the outside of your house, either. Buy a great sun hat for short trips to the mailbox, and invest in a great umbrella that blocks UVA and UVB rays if you enjoy lounging on the patio. Even if you are in the shade, though, make sure to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from indirect sunlight.

natural sunscreen with zinc oxide

Get Rid of Toxic Chemicals

Do a clean sweep of your home for all the different household products you use to clean and kill pests and research healthy alternatives. Look at the labels carefully before deciding to use it in your house, backyard or garage. Key ingredients in many cleaners like ammonia and bleach are irritating to the lungs and are harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly.

Instead, opt for simple and natural alternatives to glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner and oven cleaner. For example, white vinegar and baking soda can replace a lot of cleaning products. As a bonus, you probably already have these items in your home and they are much cheaper than name-brand products. Pinterest also has a lot of ideas for controlling pests in and around your home. For example, certain kinds of potted plants can get rid of mosquitoes and corn meal can ward off ants.

Check for These Silent Killers

Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas that’s formed by the natural decay of uranium in rock, soil and water. The Environmental Protection Agency and Surgeon General’s Office estimate that up to 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year can be contributed to exposure to radon, and that children may be more susceptible than adults. Testing for it is the only way to tell how much of it is present in your home and an average of 1 in 15 homes have elevated levels of radon, according to Kansas State University’s National Radon Program Services.

Radon isn’t the only silent killer. If your home was built before 1978, get your home inspected for the presence of lead. Carbon monoxide detectors are just as important as smoke detectors. Many of the symptoms are almost identical to flu-like symptoms, leaving many victims completely unaware of the problem. Finally, test the quality of your drinking water to know if you need to invest in bottled water instead.

Stacy Eden is a Phoenix, Arizona native with a passion for art, power tools, and historical significance. She draws inspiration from classic cars, ancient mythological sculptures and jewelry designers such as Delfina Delettrez, Shaun Leane, and Dior Jewellery creative director Victoire de Castellane.



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Home Improvements for Health: A DIY Healthy Home Guide