We all wish to live in the healthiest possible environment, so we really need to care for our home the way we do for ourselves. This also refers to what we own in our homes and what we use to clean or preserve them. How we decorate the inside of our homes also affects our general health every single day of the year. Here is a guide and some basic tips to living in the healthiest, and most eco-friendly possible fashion in your own home.

Being an obvious choice, good old-fashioned fresh air should not be neglected. Always remember to open your doors and windows to distribute air all around your home on a regular basis to improve air quality. Most of the unhealthy chemical based cleaning products we use to clean our home, and the materials we use to decorate and furnish it can consist of unhealthy toxins that pollute the very air that we breathe. Opening windows creates a path for those pollutants to exit and fresh clean air to enter, and of course sunshine is a great remedy for anything negative.

Placing something as simple as a shoe rack at the entrance to your home urges visitors to remove their shoes/boots before they come inside your home, and creating a shoeless environment. This is a good idea so pollutants and dirt/dust cannot be brought inside. This is especially important if you have small children who play outside, but I must add that this will be a little difficult to enforce if you have cats or dogs.

Various common home paints, emulsions and varnishes we use to smarten up our homes can give off dangerous toxic gases which are better known as volatile organic compounds, or 'V.O.C.s'. They are extremely unhealthy and harmful and you must be aware that these type of chemicals can remain in your atmosphere even after the paint has fully dried out, and may even stay in your home for a few months. When you are shopping - look for either 'Low or Non V.O.C.' paints that are a much healthier choice.

One good healthy living tip is to add a H.E.P.A./carbon filter to your home heating system, ventilation or air conditioning appliances. Put standing filters in the rooms where you spend a lot of time in, such as bedrooms and living rooms to filter out and improve the air quality in your home. H.E.P.A. filter systems will trap over 99.97% of all dust/mites and other unhealthy airborne particles in your home. Carbon is good at trapping the V.O.C.s in your home atmosphere.

Given the choice, then it's best to choose hard floors or tiling with area rugs instead of large area wall-to-wall carpeting. This is because carpets contain and accumulate dust, dirt, chemicals, dust mites and mould very quickly. Area rugs have the advantage of being easily removed so they can be washed, vacuum cleaned or aired outside the home. Try to avoid synthetic rugs and choose natural floor fabrics made from untreated wool or even bamboo.

It really depends on which area you live in, but tap water can contain a variety of unhealthy contaminants, which include chlorine, lead and bacteria related polluted substances. To ensure safer drinking water, one good idea is to install filters in your kitchen for drinking water, and in your shower head.

Remember to use natural cleaning products in your home, because many household cleaning products on sale today consist of dangerous chemicals such as ammonia and phenol, which can severely irritate your skin, breathing, lungs and can cause migraine occasionally. The solution for this is to look out for non-toxic, abrasive and environmentally safe household cleaning products with no harmful chemicals whatsoever.

Maybe you are moving to a new home and purchasing new furniture, then invest in natural materials such as solid wood, chemical free cotton fabrics, linen and wool. Artificial wood, like particle board or M.D.F. usually contain unhealthy chemicals like formaldehyde that can emit dangerous gasses and pollute your airspace.

Remember to vacuum regularly to keep dust/mites and other pollutants/allergens at a low-level. The best modern vacuum cleaners contain a High Efficiency Particulate Air/Arrest filter or H.E.P.A. to contain over 99.97% of all dangerous dust particles. The most important of these hygiene tips is to use the power of steam. Steam is the best and safest way to entirely sanitize every area of your home.

There are no unhealthy or toxic chemical cleaning products involved in this cleaning method, as it is completely environment friendly and a great benefit to allergy or asthma sufferers. To effectively reduce dust mite numbers in your home, use efficient H.E.P.A. based Vacuum cleaners .