7 (Easy) Tips for a Healthier Home

7 (Easy) Tips for a Healthier Home

Making your home healthier doesn’t have to be a lot of work. Heck, it can even be fun. Here are 9 simple ways to get started today:

#1 Plants are your friends, especially indoors. So grow some. They absorb sound, pollutants, and give off good ol’ fashion oxygen. Rubber plants and spider plants can withstand just about anything – for even those without a green thumb!

#2 Get comfy, and leave your shoes at the door. This one just takes practice. Get a mat or rack to put the shoes on and put it at the door you go in and out of the most. Then have a pair you can slip on if you need to go outside quickly to take the trash out or get the mail. It stops all the chemicals and dirt that you’ve walked through all day from getting all over the carpet and floors where you live, play, and may even eat. Who doesn’t have some pizza or popcorn while laying on the floor.

#3 If it’s going in the microwave, it should be in glass. It’s a simple one, but it can prevent all kinds of chemicals from leaching into your food. Blech!

#4 The next time you need to buy a pot or a pan, think natural. Iron. Steel. Even enamel coated cast iron. Just not non-stick. Sure, they’re easy but they’re also problematic when you inevitably scratch the coating and thereby scrape the chemicals right into your food. And nothing can make that taste good, not even chocolate.

#5 Buy soap, just soap, not antibacterial anything. Research now shows that antibacterial soaps are no better at washing away germs and they may actually be contributing to nasty things like allergies and impaired reproduction.

#6 Toss the vinyl, no not the records (good grief, no one would ask that). Replace your vinyl shower curtains with PVC-free plastic, or better yet cloth or bamboo. They won’t have that nasty smell and the 108+ chemicals that vinyl emits into the air. (Cough! Cough!)

#7 Get rid of that stink naturally. Some times, through no fault of your own of course, something in your house starts to smell. A stain in the carpet turns nasty. Something has leaked into the trash can. (And for the life of you, you can’t imagine what it could be because you don’t remember having fish last week.) Regardless, there’s no need to start spraying nasty chemicals all around, which most of the air fresheners on the market are full of. Thankfully, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has given us a heads up to what a hazard those chemical-filled air fresheners are to your health. Of course you can take care of smells naturally with Fresh Wave. Smile.

Or you can check out a few of our favorite sites more more tips:

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2016-11-28T17:17:18+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|Healthy Tips|25 Comments


  1. Samantha Wagamon January 5, 2017 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    My New Years resolution is more related to example #3. I am ready to ditch ALL the plastic and switch to glass! No more plastic storage containers or drinking cups. We are making the commitment to use glass only. It will be so much more healthy for us.

  2. Chely January 5, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    We love be your products because they don’t contain harmful perfumes. Our resolution this year is to play outside more often, have to keep our kids happy and healthy

  3. Carmen Valentin January 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    My resolutions for 2017.
    Been vegan a year now what ti go more Raw food organic fruits and veggies also I start to switch for cruelty free makeup and skincare..Looking forward to teach others about organic based in plants for health. ..I use to clean lemon,bakingsoda and vinegar..

  4. Meaghan January 5, 2017 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    We are using mostly ceramic coated cast iron or our faithful cast iron skilets

  5. Awilda January 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    My New Years resolution is to have a healthier home from eating clean to keeping the house clean and away from chemicals that can harm my house hold and my family.

  6. Kim Shelton January 5, 2017 at 4:09 pm - Reply

    Great tips!!! As a mum to a baby and teenager, it’s very important to me that we all live in a healthy environment! Loving the shoe tip!!! My baby crawls every day on our tiles back and forth, who knows what kind of bacteria we drag into the house without knowing. I clean my tiles with vinegar, some baking soda and just a drop of dish soap, who needs harsh cleaners when a homemade cleaner is safer and also can do the job! Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. Kim Shelton January 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Oh, and my New Years resolution? Be more cautious what I buy! Cleaning products that are natural, glass products instead of plastic and actually saving gas by not always taking small trips. Instead organize a good shopping list and have everything done for at least a week.

  8. Jennifer McC January 5, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Reading that list makes me feel pretty good about how we live everyday already! Have 30+ plants in my home, I love the life they bring. Never wear shoes inside, haven’t owned a microwave since 2009, fabric shower curtains forever, just regular soap here and I diffuse oils in my home for cleaning the air. And funny enough it is time for a new favorite frypan. I guess its time to go shopping!

  9. Barb Miller January 5, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    My resolution this year is to lose weight. I need to eat better. I just had a baby, so I also need to exercise!

  10. Stacie H January 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    My resolution is to buy all natural cleaners and soaps.

  11. Heather Edwards January 5, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    My resolution is to continue my goal of using all natural products in our home to clean and freshen! It’s safer for our family and our animals!

  12. Kelli Herndon January 5, 2017 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    All great tips!!
    My resolution is a typical one, but I really need to do it. I had a baby 7 months ago and still have almost 30 pounds I gained that needs to go.

  13. Gina Taylor January 5, 2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    My resolution is to switch all plastic containers to glass.

  14. Melissa Grubb January 5, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    My New Years resolution is to drink more water

  15. Candace Galan January 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips, especially the microwave one. Never really thought about that before.

  16. JoKing January 5, 2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    I resolve to cut out the plastic and use glass.

  17. Rosario Garza January 5, 2017 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    Great Tips! I’m definitely going to start implementing a few of these in our home this new year.

  18. Betty Chiaramonte January 6, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    My resolution is to meal plan so my family can eat healthier!

  19. Nancy Harris January 6, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Great article and ideas. Going to do these in 2017. Thank you Fresh Wave

  20. Nancy Harris January 6, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Great blog article and ideas. I am going to implement several of these ideas into my New Years Resolution. Go natural, eat healthy, declutter (getting rid of vinyl and plastics) and continue reading and learning from your blogs. #freshwave

  21. Michelle Schultz January 7, 2017 at 3:53 am - Reply

    We’re ditching antibacterial soap.

  22. vickie couturier January 7, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    sounds good,,i dont let family bring in junk to my house either

  23. Gina Traeger rock January 9, 2017 at 2:57 am - Reply

    My resolution is to eat healthier this year!

  24. Mary M Brown January 9, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Love that there are no harsh chemicals!!

  25. Lisa January 9, 2017 at 3:08 am - Reply

    My new year’s resolution…Is to stop dyeing my hair so often, and learn to be okay w a few grey hairs! 2. Make meal plans, and have us eat healthier,and lose weight.

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