We do diet detoxes and even stress detoxes, but what about detoxing our homes? These super quick 5 steps to a green home will leave you with a natural, energy saving, eco-friendly abode in just 48 hours! 

 

Home is a place to relax and feel safe. If you’re inhaling toxic chemicals and racking up horrific energy bills, you’re more likely to feel fatigued, sick, and stressed than cozy and calm. We don’t want to overwhelm you with, say, a list of 48 changes for a greener home. Who has time for that? These 5 simple swaps are all you need to transform your space (and our planet).

Save the Planet, Your Family, & Your Energy Bill!

Sure, you volunteer for beach cleaning projects, support organic farms, and drive a Prius (all extremely helpful!). Still, many of us forget that one of the biggest impacts we have on the environment, every day and night, rests right under our very own rooftops. If all of us decide to create eco friendly homes, we can change the world. 

Even if you protect the people you love (and yourself) by implementing the healthiest of lifestyles, you may be missing some sneaky, scary health hazards. Kids touch (and sometimes – if you have a toddler – lick!) everything. When you choose toxic, chemical ridden cleaning products, your children absorb and inhale them. If the fertilizer in your yard is not organic, your kids are rolling around and playing in grass full of harsh chemicals.

Simple changes, such as switching to energy-efficient light bulbs and energy-efficient appliances, reduce the cost of your energy bill dramatically. You will be astounded by your monthly savings!

Detox: 5 Steps to a Chemical-Free, Green Home!

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#1 Use Chemical-Free Household Products

The Problem:

Many of the common household products, such as spray cleaning products, disinfectants, air fresheners, beauty products and cosmetics, drastically reduce the air quality in your home. The heavy chemical load in these products may stay trapped in your household and potentially cause serious health conditions, including: asthma, eczema, and lung conditions.

Green Home Fix:

Products with natural ingredients not only cut down on pollution, but are much safer and healthier for you and your family. Seventh Generation Cleaning Products is a wonderful brand.

Find It:

Affordable, natural cleaning products can be found at Walmart and Target.

#2 Change the Light Bulbs to Save Energy

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The Problem:

Many of us waste extremely high levels of energy at home on a daily basis.

Green Home Fix: 

By using energy-efficient light bulbs, you’ll save on energy resources and reduce your energy utility costs. It’s easy to quickly change all of the light bulbs in your home in one day.

Find It:

Staples and Lowes offer energy-efficient light bulbs.

#3 Choose Natural Lawn Fertilizers

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The Problem:

Lawn fertilizers promote the proper growth of grass and plants, keep the lawn green, and add nutrients to the soil. That said, harmful chemicals in fertilizers can cause groundwater contamination and pollution in the air. Chemicals in fertilizers have been linked to several illnesses, including: gastric cancer, stomach cancer, cardiac disease and respiratory problems. Kids and pets love spending long days playing in the grass … rolling around in chemicals.

Green Home Fix:

You know your kids and pets love spending long sunny days frolicking in the grass. Help them enjoy their favorite playtime activity safely by switching to organic fertilizers. Organic lawn fertilizers improve the quality of the air and water both in and around your home. 

Find It:

Home Depot and Lowes sell organic fertilizers.

#4 Use Water-Efficient Shower Heads

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The Problem:

Stop wasting water and money! You may be using gallons of water in your bathroom. Paying such an outrageous amount for your water bills is simply unnecessary.

Green Home Fix:

Reduce the amount of water that you use in the shower by installing high-efficiency shower heads.

Find It: 

Purchase high-efficiency shower heads from places like Home Depot and Walmart.

#5 Select Energy-Efficient Appliances

The Problem: 

Common household appliances in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room may be causing soaring energy costs (especially if they are outdated).

Green Home Fix:

Replace old, energy hungry appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers, room air conditioners and water heaters, with Energy Star qualified appliances. Extra perk: you get tax credits for purchasing energy-efficient appliances for your home! Don’t forget to unplug your small electronics when they are not in use to save even more!

Find It: 

Buy Energy Star Qualified Appliances at Lowes and Target.

Eager for more green home tips?

For an incredibly thorough, helpful, detailed guide to creating the perfect green home, check out this treehugger article! Then, of course, you can happily pin away the hours with all sorts of creative, Pinterest eco-friendly home tips. Good luck!