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.

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