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Healthy Home 40 Ideabooks

Most of us strive to fill our kitchen with the healthiest foods possible for ourselves and our families. But many of us don't stop to think about potential health hazards in our kitchen itself. Improperly vented gas stoves, Teflon-coated pans and particleboard cabinetry made with formaldehyde-laden glues can emit...
Natural Beds: How to Shop for a Greener Mattress
From organic cotton and wool, to latex, foam, horsehair, coco fiber and even seaweed, wading through all of the natural mattress options on the market today is enough to bring on a nap. Streamline the process of shopping for a natural bed by reading up...
Get Your Light Right for a Healthy House
We tend to think of lighting choices as a matter of personal preference, something that’s part of the lamp-shopping checklist. But it turns out that the most important lighting decisions have nothing to do with lamps. And lighting decisions can actually...
How to Combat Mold in a Flooded House
Hurricane Sandy has left a soggy breeding ground for mold in its wake, and this can cause serious health problems for residents of flooded homes. As a first step, "any structural or building material that got wet has to be removed from inside the house,"...
How to Babyproof Your Yard
Parents often focus their babyproofing efforts on the interior of their homes, but experts advise not to overlook outdoor spaces. Backyards present quite a few hazards for babies and small children — and some hazards are less obvious than others. For...
How to Childproof Your Home: A Grandmother’s Wisdom
We all agree that keeping our little ones safe at home is a paramount responsibility for parents. The home can be a treacherous place, and plenty of expert advice is available to help minimize the...
How to Childproof Your Home: Expert Advice
All of us with children are grimly aware of the safety issues they face out in the world. But did you know that a child is statistically far more likely to experience an accident or a fatality inside his or her own home? Fortunately, these injuries...
10 Ways to Set Up Your Kitchen for Healthy Eating
It’s remarkable I’ve never had scurvy, because until recently, I rarely ever ate vegetables or fruit. So this year my New Year’s resolution was to eat more produce. Prior to 2014 a half-rotten banana would linger, very lonely, in my fruit bowl for...
Rejuvenate Your Home With Deep-Rooted Traditions
Each new year offers untold possibilities for creating a space you truly love. Right about now most design magazines are talking about the benefits of organizing, decluttering and refreshing your home. While those things are important, there are...
Get Cleaner Indoor Air Without Opening a Window
One of the most counterintuitive concepts in green building is that of the airtight building envelope, the idea that a home’s external skin (walls, roof, windows etc.) should be completely sealed and the indoor air controlled by mechanical ventilation....
10 Beautifully Simple Ways to Go Greener in the New Year
Aiming to make 2014 a year that you live a bit lighter on the planet and save money, to boot? Consider adopting one or more of these 10 changes for a greener home. From the fun (shop vintage) and easy (use more natural light) to the utterly delicious...
What's the Deal With Radon?
If you’ve recently been in the market to buy or sell a home, you’ve probably heard something about radon. But what is it exactly? Is it really dangerous? And if you do find elevated radon levels in your home, what are you supposed to do about it?...
Smart Storage for Fresh, Tempting Produce
With the cold weather it’s tempting to gorge on simple carbohydrates and fatty comfort foods. But we mustn’t forget to eat our daily fruits and veggies. This is the time of year when it’s especially important to keep the produce we want our families...
Bedroom Window Treatments to Block the Light
I used to live in a house with a bedroom that overlooked the water. People often remarked how wonderful it would be to wake up to that view. I didn’t have the heart to tell them I never did. I like a dark...
How to Choose a Home Water Filtering System
Filtering your own water at home is an easy way to get great-tasting purified water, without the waste or cost of buying bottled. But which purification method is best? Do water filtration pitchers really work as well as undersink...
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