I like having my house look well put together and decorated, and I even like to take on the occasional craft project now and then. What I don’t like is using a bunch of toxic chemicals or products to get the job done and spending a fortune to do it. I also don’t like all of the waste I see after one of these decorating projects. I end up wasting and spending more than I would have if I just paid someone to do it or bought something already done in the first place. I know eco-friendly is the buzz word of the decade, but it really does make sense to keep the environment and my own health in mind if I’m going to do any sort of re-decorating. Below are a few of the affordable, eco-friendly decorating ideas that I’m trying at the moment. Hopefully, you will get some inspiration as well!
Who doesn’t want a great smelling house? I know I do. What I don’t want, however, is a house that smells great, but is filled with toxic chemicals. I also don’t want to go crazy and spend a lot of money or time trying to read labels and figure out which natural air freshener is ok enough to use. With all of that being said, I set out to find some of the best natural air freshener hacks on the web to make my house smell great – cheap and toxic free.
I have a confession to make…my mattress is old, really old, over 15 years old in fact. I definitely need a new one, but because I am trying to live at least 80% cleaner, I want to make sure that what I do buy is non-toxic. What I didn’t want was to spend and arm and a leg to get one. I knew that buying an affordable non-toxic mattress would take a little bit of research, especially since I wasn’t quite sure where to start.
The family room couch is pretty much the epicenter of most people’s homes. I know it is in mine. A couch has to stand up to spills, grime and endless lounging, while also being comfortable enough to sleep on without being beyond expensive. But, the question of toxicity and couches was one thing that never really crossed my mind until I recently began to shop for a new one to replace the 10-year old one that had seen better days. Come to find out, most couches are doused with flame retardants that slowly release toxic chemicals into your home. Um, no thank you. So, off I went to find the best quality, family-friendly, yet affordable couches without flame retardants.
I really, really, really used to love strongly scented candles. You know, the ones that could instantly fill up your home with the smell of birthday cake or lilacs… Until, I found out what was in those lovely smelling glowing beauties. Chemicals… and lots of them. Chemicals that I was inadvertently dispensing all throughout my home every time I lit one up. Chemicals that can cause cancer no less. So, what is a home scented wanting person to do? Don’t worry, there are a lot of safe, non-toxic candles on the market that will easily and effortlessly replace your old scented candles.
A real fear for many new mom’s and dad’s to be is creating a safe environment for their new baby to come home to, but the toxin/chemical game can also be a real nightmare to figure out. You could easily go insane trying to completely rid your new nursery (and home for that matter) from all of the potential chemicals that are out there, but we at least have to try, right?!? Well, I did a little digging and a little research to find out what the main elements of a non-toxic nursery look like for someone who is hoping to get it at least 80% right.