If you’re like me, you want what is best for your family. Whether it’s a more active lifestyle, going completely organic or switching out the soap you use, the goal is the same- We want a healthy home.
A “healthy home” has a different meaning to everyone. My definition may not be the same as yours. What works for me may not work for you and that is OKAY! 🙂 At the end of the day we know what is best and what works best for our own families.
It can get CRAZY expensive to achieve a healthy home! Shopping for organic, sustainable options just cost an arm and a leg. Right?
What if I told you that you don’t have to gut the entire house and start from the ground up? What if you were given permission to go slow, to do what you can do right now?
Okay, sounds good and all but like, what the heck does that look like?
I’ve put together a list of things to hopefully get you motivated to just do it. Swap one thing for a healthier option. Add in a few more minutes of movement in your day. It doesn’t have to be hard or time-consuming.
A healthier home is achievable one step at a time!
Tips to Make Your Home a Little Healthier-Without Breaking the Bank
1. When you run out of laundry detergent or cleaner, make the switch to a healthier alternative on your next grocery run. You can also switch out your dryer sheets for dryer balls instead. Add a couple drops of essential oils and your laundry will smell heavenly!
2. Buy a couple linen napkins to use instead of paper napkins. Then toss into the washing machine. This may take a little getting used to but encourage your family that getting the napkins dirty is OK! That’s the point!
3. Buy organic produce from the “dirty dozen” list and don’t stress about the rest. If you can’t afford organic, that is fine! Just wash your produce well before eating. Being fed is better than eating strictly organic every single time! I promise. (Dirty Dozen link for 2020: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php )
4. Recycle your trash. You’re throwing it out anyway, why not throw it into a separate bin? The hard work is done for you! (We receive a recycle bin along with our regular trash bin from our waste company. If you don’t currently have one, you may call your local waste company and see if they can provide one/pick-up recycled items.)
5. Use essential oils instead of candles. They have some pretty amazing properties for emotional and physical health and make great non-toxic cleaning products (Thieves is amazing!). (I personally use Young Living. I don’t currently sell oils but I can point you in the right direction. Otherwise, use whatever brand you feel comfortable with. Just please do your own research first!)
6. Keep reusable bags. I keep mine in my car so I always have them for grocery runs. We also use them for library trips to hold our books! (I understand that with COVID this is a little trickier these days. Again just do what you can and reuse those plastic bags when you can!)
7. Start your own garden. It doesn’t have to be a “raised bed situation”. Plant a few herbs in your windowsill, plant a tomato or bell pepper in a pot on your balcony. It’s a great way to save money and know exactly where your food is coming from! (Plus its super rewarding!)
8. Compost your leftovers. Then throw that black gold into your garden! It’s a win-win! (compost information: https://www.sodgod.com/composting/ )
This is by no means an exhaustive list, more of a launching-pad into your own journey. There are so many wonderful options to try out and start your family towards a healthier home atmosphere and reduce your footprint on the earth.
PLEASE! Do not stress about trying every single item I have listed above.
Instead of going all-in, (unless that’s your thing, in which case, go for it!) choose 1 or 2 that seem simple enough to switch out and stick with them for a couple weeks. Then pick another option to try.
Jordan Dooley recently recorded an entire podcast with Teryn Robinson about building a healthy home and it is super packed full of wisdom and inspiration. I highly recommend giving it a listen for a more in-depth conversation around healthy homemaking!
Jordan’s website (podcast episode is linked on her post!) https://jordanleedooley.com/how-to-build-a-healthy-home/
This is not an all-or-nothing thing. There is no reward for “having the most non-toxic home”. Give yourself grace and have fun with it!