August 6, 2014

Creating an eco-healthy home is an important way homeowners can live more healthy lives and help build a sustainable future. Recently, I was doing a little research on this topic and came across the Environmental Working Group (EWG). For two decades EWG’s groundbreaking research has helped empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment by driving consumer choice.

EWG has created a downloadable Healthy Home Checklist, with helpful and healthy tips for homeowners to use. It’s an easy, hands-on way to create a less toxic environment for your family. When you’re done, you’ll breathe easier (literally!) knowing that you’ve tackled the toxics that matter most in your home.

The checklist has information on making your kitchen eco-healthy, from replacing non-stick cookware to stainless steel to cooking with fresh, organic vegetables. In your bathroom, EWG suggestions include avoiding air fresheners, fragrance in personal care products and anti-bacterial soap. There’s info on laundry and cleaning supplies, eco-friendly furniture, the best type of light bulbs to use, alternatives to pesticides for your garden and more.

If you are a family with children, the group will let you know what contaminants to avoid when it comes to your kids’ toys. You can also find eco-healthy shopping lists and more on the EWG site.

We who live in the beauty and majesty of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys know the importance of creating an eco-healthy home. If you are considering moving here, please contact me at 415.516.3939 or via email at Meantime, take a look at my website to see what’s new on the market and make sure to like me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest news in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys.



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