How Healthy is Your Home?
10 Simple Things You Can Do.
Open doors and windows to let fresh air in. Install a carbon monoxide detector. Test for radon. Properly ventilate gas appliances and fireplaces. Run the kitchen exhaust fan while cooking and the bathroom fan while showering.
BUY NONTOXIC CLEANERS
Look for products labeled biodegradable, eco-friendly, or safer for your health. Or make your own. Check online (or ask Grandma) for recipes using lemons, baking soda, and other natural ingredients.
PAINT VOC FREE
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from conventional paints have been linked to myriad problems, from dizziness to cancer. Choose low- or no- VOC interior paints or natural plaster finishes instead.
SNUGGLE UP TO ORGANIC
It takes 4.5 pounds of pesticides to grow one acre of cotton using conventional agriculture. Choose organic cotton clothing, bedding, towels, shower curtains, baby clothes, and toys.
BUY ORGANIC FOODS
Living healthy starts on the inside— of your body. Shop for organic fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, and more.
COMPOST FOOD SCRAPS
Putting food waste into a compost bin makes healthier soil your plants will love. Got questions about getting started? Go online or “dish the dirt” with a master composter at Tucson Botanical Gardens.
CHANGE FILTERS MONTHLY
Change your air conditioning and heating filters every month, clean vents, and make sure furniture isn’t blocking vents.
MAKE SURE YOUR WATER IS PURE
Read the annual water quality report from Tucson Water (mailed to you every summer), or call to see if they have found contaminants. If you’re concerned, test your water by using a home test kit or hiring a professional laboratory, and look into water filtration.
PLANT SMART, WATER WISE
Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your yard, use less toxic pest-control methods, and grow some fruits and veggies in containers indoors or on the patio.
Vacuum carpets and rugs regularly to get rid of dust and pet dander. Purchase rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpet. And take your shoes off at the front door, leaving outdoor pollutants outside.