Green Your Home

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With Earth Day approaching, I will have several posts regarding being green, recycling and such.
Looking through the latest magazines, I came across several ideas to “green your home”
1. Avoid products that don’t list their ingredients and look for third party certifications such as Green Seal and Ecologo.
2. Use low-VOC paints, which release fewer toxic fumes. If getting new carpet, ask them to “off-gas” it before installing. This will “cook” the carpet to release harmful chemical, including formaldehyde. I wish I had known that 2 years ago when I got new carpet!
3. Take your shoes off at the door. This will help keep dirt, grime and pollutants from coming into your home. We started doing this when we got the new carpet. It works to a degree. One of us always forgets.
4. Use a vacuum cleaner with a high efficiency particulate are or HEPA filter – which traps the very small particles that other vacuums send back into the air. The best bet would be to get rid of the carpet, however that’s not always an option. My husband insists on carpet. I would love to put more tile in our house, though.
Stay tuned for more info on how to “green up” your life!


I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. I really like these ideas. Now I’ll to just stick to them. Good stuff some of the resources I need to get because I have been starting to get into the habit of going greener. Thanks for this post!!