healthy home

Top 5 Kitchen Cupboard Ingredients for Non-Toxic Cleaning

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | March 6th, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Detox, Green Living, Healthy Home | tags: baking soda, chemicals, detergent, DIY cleaners, green clean, green cleaning, healthy home, homemade cleaning formulas and recipes, non-toxic cleaning, non-toxic cleaning supplies, tea tree oil, toxins, vegetable oil–based soap, vinegar, washing soda

Recently I spoke in front of a hall full of pregnant women. What a joy to see all those round bellies, and even more of a pleasure — given that this was a meeting of the Holistic Moms Network — to know how well-intentioned this group is towards their families’ health and the environment.

I gave them all sorts of tips to detox their homes, hoping to ease their minds about how easy it is to accomplish the task. I also gave them my mainstay list for non-toxic cleaning, the five kitchen cupboard ingredients I believe will clean everything in the home, and I’d like to share it with you as well:

It’s a … Home!

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 23rd, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Decorating, Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: baking soda, carpet, chemical cleaning supplies, clutter, crafting, crafts, curb, DIY projects, eco-friendly, enviornmental, family, flooring, free, FSC-certified hardwood floors, green cleaners, healthy home, house, linoleum, mental-health, pets, possessions, remodeling, renovation, retreat, rugs, sanctuary, spiritual, street, stuff, sustainable lumber, things, toxins, vinegar, vinyl, wood

It's a Home blog

My home is undergoing a rebirth. It’s painful, long and decidedly unpredictable.

Most people might call it a renovation. But it’s more than that. It’s a new incarnation of what was formerly four walls and a roof into a home.

The rebirth is born of necessity — a leaky roof, drafty windows and stained broadloom carpet that harbored more than I wanted to consider within its fibers…

Bring on the Night …

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | August 26th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: bedroom, healthy home, home design, light pollution, sleep

New York City at night

One of the things I miss most living in NYC is seeing the nighttime stars. I grew up camping and have many wonderful nocturnal memories counting shooting stars and guessing at constellations. City life detaches us from that primordial nighttime sky connection. As a designer of healthy home environments, light pollution is a growing concern for myself and for anyone who understands that our quality of life is directly connected to our natural environment.

The ABCs of Green Keyboard Cleaning

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | January 7th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Green Tech, Healthy Home | tags: air, computer, computer keyboards, dusting, family safety, green cleaning, healthy home, laptop, office

Look down. Is your keyboard replacing what should be used to catch crumbs, like a plate, a napkin, or, in extreme cases, a bib? Are your keys lined with a dull grey or, even worse, the black residue of fingertip history?

Go Ahead: Make Everyone Take Off Their Shoes at Your Door

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | December 20th, 2008 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home | tags: detox your home, healthy home, pesticides, shoes, Thich Nhat Hanh, toxins, walking meditation

One of the easiest things we can do to make our homes, and ourselves, healthier is to remove our shoes. This simple ‘step’ helps keep all that nasty stuff (dirt, pesticides, you name it) out of our indoor environments, helping to keep toxins and pollutants out of our homes.

The Bread Wars

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | April 8th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bread, food, Green Living, healthy home

I thought the bread I’ve been buying was a pretty healthy choice. I’d opt for whole-grain, fiber-rich versions from the Arnold brand, such as Oat Nut. Then I happened to read the label, and saw that this seemingly wholesome bread has high fructose corn syrup listed as one of the ingredients.