At the beginning of each new year, I go through the same routine as most women. Buy veggies, count calories, and force myself into the gym five times a week. But this year, I thought I would do something a little different.
During our first day back at the office, I started asking around to see what resolutions some of my coworkers made for 2012. Maybe that would help give me some ideas. I was surprised by what I found!
Diamond, one of our product experts, is going to avoid using potentially harmful household cleaners. Many commercial household products contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene. Buying organic cleaning products can be incredibly expensive, however, so Diamond wants to start making her own cleaning products this year. She plans to start with some vinegar, lemon, and baking soda-based recipes.
Ashley, one of our writers, would like to boost the health of her home environment to help manage her sinus issues. Some ways she plans to do this are to use her Sunpentown SU-4010 humidifier regularly, to start cleaning her air more often with an air purifier, and to change her air conditioner and furnace filter regularly.
Brian, our SEO guru, plans to only use Perc-free dry cleaners all year. Perc is short for perchloroethylene, a chemical used by traditional dry cleaners. Perc-free dry cleaning provides an alternative cleaning method, often using eco-friendly detergents or carbon dioxide, to clean your clothing and reduce your risk of exposure to perchloroethylene.
As for me….well, it won’t be easy, but I have resolved to stop letting my dog Callie sleep in the bed with me every night. As cuddly and adorable as she may be, her incessant shedding often leads to sniffly, sneezy mornings that I’m hoping to avoid in 2012. To make it up to her, though, my supplementary resolution is to steam clean her doggie bed once a week using my Ladybug Vapor Steam Cleaner, so she can sleep as germ-free and worry-free as I will.
Hopefully our resolutions have given you some ideas on how to improve your life in 2012. For more inspiration, check out these 5 resolutions for creating healthier, cleaner air for you and your family.
Here’s to a clean and healthy new year!