CLEAN LIVING. Just hearing the word puts a smile on our face. We all quest for clean living in some way through our for love clean clothes, clean dishes, and especially a clean house.
What does it mean to “Quest for Clean Living? Pursue or Search for a way to make our lives cleaner. Living with less chemicals.
The first thoughts that come to mind when defining clean living is striving to live a life that is free of the earthly elements that harm us physically or mentally.
Clean living can be defined as “someone who has a way of life that is healthy and morally good.” (According to the McMillian Dictionary).
The Quest for Clean Eating. Choosing to eat fruit, vegetables, grains, and meat that is free of chemical residues and processing is a great place to begin. Options for clean food would be growing our own food, purchasing from local farmers, or choosing the organic label at the grocery store.
Is buying strictly organic too expensive? No worries, buying and consuming clean food should not be stressful. If your budget is limited, I would suggest using the “The Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen Guide.” The Environmental Working Group puts together a list of food that contained the most chemical residues (dirty) and the food that had little or no chemical residues (clean). You can find that list here.
CLEAN HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS
The Quest for a Clean Home. Imagine a household without commercial cleaners, plastic storage options, and even carpet! It is not just those people who are “green” that want cleaner options. More people are developing allergies and sensitives to chemicals, making them move towards other alternatives.
Four Areas to Consider
Let’s look at four areas to improve our home right now. First, consider making your own cleaning products. It is cost efficient, effective, and fun! Second, begin removing plastic items from your home. Replace kitchen storage containers with glass. (Mason canning jars work great for storing and freezing food.)
Third, when possible remove carpet and replace it with hardwood flooring or ceramic tile. Wash small area rugs on a regular basis. Fourth, toss any artificial scents in your homes. This might include petroleum based scented candles, plug-in scents, and sprays. Opt for natural smells like diffusing essential oils or opening a window. (After peeling fresh ginger root, we place the peels in a pot of water on the stove top, and it fills the house with the pleasant aroma of ginger.)
The Quest to Breathe in Clean Air. The common misconception is that outdoor pollution is our main source of unclean air. It’s true that breathing in clean outdoor air is easier depending on your location. Rural homes away from buildings and traffic are going to have cleaner air.
Let’s looks at the air we breathe indoors. It is astonishing that indoor pollution is two to five times greater then outdoor pollution! Crazy! However for most of us we do have more control of the air pollution we allow in our homes then in our environment.
What kind of toxins might be found in our home? Formaldehyde is found in kitchen cabinets, furniture, mattresses, bedding, and even our clothing. Mold can creep into the cleanest of homes around windows and doors. Natural gases can come from our heating and cooking systems. Radon is found in soil that surrounds our home and can be detected in our home air.
Their are solutions to making the air within your home cleaner. Begin with removing the mold, call a professional if needed. Ventilate your house everyday, crack a window when possible. Clean the air ducts, heating filters, and air conditioners. Check your heating systems to make sure their are no leaks.
One solution that improves your indoor air is adding Himalayan salt lamps to your home. They add a beautiful ambiance to your home AND naturally purify the air.
It is impossible to live a life without chemicals. However, we can do our part to minimize their affects, by the food we eat, the products that enter our home, and the air we breathe.
On your quest for clean living, take one step at a time. When you make a conscience decision to adapt a clean living lifestyle, you will gradually move towards cleaning up the different areas in your life.
Always keep in mind the best reward is improved health for you and your family!
I enjoy hearing from you. Which area is your biggest challenge?