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Keep your home as healthy as possible with our inspired living tips and ideas from the best products to buy to easy tricks that make a big difference.



 



Your Best Tips for a Healthy HomeThe Winner
We asked for your healthy living tips, and you delivered. Here are our favorite 10 submissions from MyHomeIdeas readers.(image) Tip: Create a healthy home from the inside out."My husband and I are merry and busy with our five children, so a healthy home is a happy home. We eat supper together (schedules permitting) in the dining room every evening and make time to allow each person to discuss their day. We buy organic fruits and veggies to eliminate pesticide exposure.We have a tap water purifier so we can drink lots of clean, healthy water. Soap pumps are at each bathroom and kitchen sink to keep hands clean and germ free. We have boxes of soft tissues and hand sanitizer strategically placed around the house to help stifle the sniffles. 'Hot spots' around our home are wiped down daily to zap away germs. We also try to dust at least twice a week and change filters monthly!"Tanya WilsonVirginia Beach, Virginia


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30 Simple Ways to Go GreenTip #13
Want to start living a green life, but aren't sure how to start? Well, we've got some tips to set you on the right track.(image) Reduce waste when ordering takeout by telling them what you won't need. For example, if you're eating from home, you won't need napkins, condiments, or flatware.


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7 Ways to Live HealthierBust Some Dust
Keep your house clean and healthy with these natural tips for dealing with dirty work.(image) Dust mites can aggravate allergies, but there are easy natural ways to eliminate them. Wipe windowsills with a damp cloth, and mop floors with a damp mop. Vacuum with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter.Wash cloth toys, sheets, and other bedding once a week with hot water, and dry these items in the sun to let ultraviolet rays kill germs and dust mites.


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Get Organized in StyleRank and File
Let us help you get organized with our favorite picks of the best (and prettiest) tools to get the job done.(image) It's the bland manila folder that makes you procrastinate, right? Not anymore. With file folders as pretty as these, you won't be able to resist working through what's inside. This decorative filing set includes a linen covered file holder with six coordinating folders.Blossom Linen File Folder Holder $28Available at Paper Source


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Our Favorite Energy-Saving AppliancesENERGY STAR Qualified
Energy-efficient appliances save money and use fewer natural resources. We’ve chosen some stylish examples, demonstrating you needn’t sacrifice style or functionality for efficiency.(image) It turns out the kitchen appliances you lust for are probably ENERGY STAR qualified. Most manufacturers are putting their best designs into this popular category. To qualify for the ENERGY STAR label, refrigerators, for instance, must be at least 15% more efficient than required by federal criteria. Some appliances are up to 90% more efficient than required. Visit ENERGYSTAR.gov for a complete list of ENERGY STAR qualified products and their efficiency.Note: At this point, ENERGY STAR only applies to refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines (among home appliances). Other home products covered include lighting, heating and cooling, and home electronics.


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The Healthiest VacuumsThe Best Pick
Are they really ultimate cleaning machines? Health magazine puts the latest models to the test.(image) The right vacuum is key for good health . “Dust can trigger allergies and asthma,” says James Sublett, MD, a spokesman for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.Vacuuming with a good machine cuts the amount of dust you inhale. We tested models with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which filters out 99.7 % of small particles. Here are our top picks.


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10 Fresh Bed and Bath ProductsCuddly Comfort
Whether you have allergies or simply want to go natural, check out these hypoallergenic products to give your bed and bath a breath of fresh air.(image) If you spend the night sneezing instead of snoozing, it may be time for a new comforter. This style goes above and beyond the standards of organic. Leaving dust mites to down comforters, this one is filled with PureGrow wool fleece and covered in organic cotton.PureGrow Wool Filled Organic Cotton ComforterPrices varyAvailable at Earthsake


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Put to the Test: Green Cleaning ProductsKitchen Chic
We tested 25 to find which ones worked well and which ones we’d leave on the shelf. (image) With such a small space, sleek appliances and fiberboard cabinetry are essential to keeping this kitchen simple and chic.


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10 Eco-Cheap ProductsBright Light
These 10 great ideas (all under $25) prove it is easy and affordable to go green. Use your purchasing power to make a statement.(image) Light up your porch or deck with solar-powered Japanese-style lanterns. The paperlike lanterns are weather-resistant nylon and fold up flat for easy storage.Solar Shoji Lanterns$24Available at Gaiam


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Tricks to Create Personal SpaceCorners of Calm
Turn your home into a personal sanctuary with these tips and advice from the experts at Cooking Light.(image) As the world grows more hectic, we’ve come to think of our homes as sanctuaries. Yet many of us have opened up the interiors of our houses, combining kitchen, dining, and living room in a “great room.” An open house means more freedom and togetherness, but it may also mean more noise and commotion.One antidote is to create a private space where you can go to meditate, read, knit, write, pursue a craft, play a musical instrument, or simply unwind. Your “corner of calm” might be an entire room, such as an unused bedroom, or a sectioned-off corner of a larger room. The idea is to put psychological distance between your retreat and the rest of the house, even if the physical distance is not great.


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Make Your Own CompostComposting 101
Healthy gardens start with healthy soil. A master composter shares his secrets to cooking power food for the soil.(image) For your soil there is no better ingredient than compost, whether you till it into the beds or use it as mulch. Ned Conwell (owner of Blue House Farm in Pescadero, California) is up to his elbows in the stuff, both as a farmer and as a teacher."Once it's in the soil, compost increases fertility; adds both micro- and macronutrients; buffers pH; and improves soil structure," Conwell says. Here is his foolproof method for making compost.


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7 Eco-Friendly Travel TipsCruise
On your next vacation, travel smarter and more earth-friendly. Just by making a few changes in your travel routine, you can have an impact on your wallet and the environment.(image) When driving on interstates, use your cruise control. Keeping your car at a constant speed will conserve gas (you won’t be speeding up only to put on your brakes). And if you set it at the speed limit, you’re pretty much guaranteed no speeding tickets.


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Kid-Friendly and FabulousGlamour Mom
A lawyer turned stay-at-home mom discovered a kid-friendly approach to stylish living.(image) "I want it to feel a little glamorous," says Cheryl. "Granted, it's just us and the kids, but everybody wants to feel fancy at some point."


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The Germiest Places in AmericaHome Invasion
We call them the dirty dozen. It’s Health magazines laundry list of the germiest places you’re likely to encounter during an average day.(image) Sure, there are outbreaks of microbes and viruses across the country, but these buggers are where you live. In the office, at home, at the gym, on your vacation. “It’s enough to make even the least germophobic person a little worried,” says Dr. Germ, a.k.a. Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. After all, some of these germs lurk where you least expect them, he says: “People are more worried about the trash can than the kitchen sink, when it should be the other way around.”Dr. Germ and our panel of experts helped identify the dirty dozen and devise ways for you to keep clean. After all, the fight is in your hands. Literally. Eighty percent of infections are spread through hand contact. So wash up, and get ready to wage a bit of germ warfare of your own.


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The Power of FlowersFresh Flowers
Here are nine fresh and easy tips for decorating with flowers, and why they’re good for our health.(image) Nothing uplifts a room or your spirits like a bouquet of fresh flowers. But when it comes to creating a special centerpiece, or simply decorating with a few blossoms, many of us don’t know where to begin.


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Is Your House Making You Fat?Home, Skinny Home
Learn the best ways to slim down your space -- from the moment you walk in the door until you hop into bed.(image) When you think about what causes pounds to creep on, an immediate list of usual suspects comes to mind: junk food, skipped workouts, supersize portions. But you might want to add your house to that fat list.“Everything from the lighting in your dining room to the size of your dinnerware could be making you gain weight,” says food psychologist Brian Wansink, Ph.D., author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. You can think of it this way, though: If your home can make you gain, it can help you lose, too.Tip: Use the main entrance, not a side or back door that leads you through the kitchen. People who pass through that room tend to graze, eating 15% more than those who don’t, according to a study from Wansink’s Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University.


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Kid-Friendly DecoratingKid-Friendly Decorating
Create a fun, comfortable, playful, kid-friendly space with these easy tips(image) Create a fun, comfortable, playful, kid-friendly space with these easy tips


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