Carter Oosterhouse has teamed up with Green Works to bring to light some practical and useful tips to help us DIYers “Go Green” in our homes.
My Favorite Green It Yourself Tip: Clean the Air.
According to Cater, the air inside our home is typically 100% more polluted than the air outside.
I hadn’t even thought about the fact that carpet, paint, cleaning products releasing chemicals in my home. I’m thankful that I don’t have carpets or curtains to worry with, but I’m sure the paint on these walls isn’t eco-friendly in the slightest. Though most of it was put on recently.
But Will it Be Enough?
I worry sometimes that there isn’t loads I can do. The house was in the a fire before we got it. We gutted it. Redid the wiring, redid the drywall. Basically redid the entire inside of the house. But we painted over the soot that remained inside the walls and in the attic. I wonder if that could be harmful to my family. There is no smell of smoke, surprisingly. You’d honestly never know the extent of the damage before hand unless I showed you the pictures, but it does occasionally cross my mind.
I can, however, take the other steps mentioned. Specifically using products that are free of chemical residues is a step in the right direction. It also would be beneficial to my toddler, who is constantly putting his mouth on various objects and licking off God-knows-what. For his sake, I should really try to limit the toxins in the environment. Everyday we are learning of more and more environmental factors that are impairing our longterm health, and I would hate to know that there was something I could have done to prevent any issues for him.
Being a Parent Changes Everything
Having a child really makes your perspective change. Never did I think I would be one of these go-greeners, hippie housewife, eco-aware types. But here it is, slowly sneaking up on me.
Gosh I’m getting old.
Disclosure: I received an entry to win a Clorox® Green Works® giveaway on the Mom Bloggers Club by posting this content. Opinions stated are my own.