Would you like to live a little greener and healthier? With a few minor changes you can make your home a healthier place to live.

  • Place a doormat in front of every exterior door and leave your shoes at the door. These two actions reduce the contaminants you are tracking into your home on the bottom of your shoes. With less debris brought indoors, you have to clean less often. (Click to learn more.)
  • Add water to your cleaning habits. Dust with a damp cloth and mop instead of sweeping. These actions will reduce dust in the air.
  • Use these green cleaning recipes or switch to products that emit fewer VOCs (volatile organic compounds). You will save money and reduce chemicals released into your home environment. To learn what is in your cleaning products visit the NIH Household Products Database.
  • Test your home for radon gas. Exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. The only way to know the level of radon in your home is to test. Learn more at ugaradon.org.
  • Purchase used furniture. This saves money and older wood and wood-like furniture has already off-gassed, so you are reducing exposure to formaldehyde that is often a problem with new particleboard furniture. Visit the UGA GreenWay Pinterest board for tips on buying used furniture.

For more information on a healthy home visit www.georgiahealthyhousing.org.

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