10 Product Picks for Creating a Healthier Home

Make this the year that you get serious about turning your home into a healthy haven. Even just a few small changes can be a game changer for you and your family. Here are 10 products you can use to help make your casa a truly healthy home.

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A Bacteria-Free Cutting Board

If you want to really gross yourself out, google "cutting board bacteria"... we can promise you won't like what you see. Even after carefully washing a cutting board, it can easily harbor hidden bacteria that can continue to flourish long after you've used it. These cutting boards are made from an organic composite surface used in skate parks. They're incredibly durable, dishwasher safe, and best of all: non-porous, which means no bacteria.  BUY IT: Amazon, $39.95

Get Fizzy With It

If you want to kick your soda habit, a great way to do it is by replacing sugary, chemical-filled sodas with something healthier like bubbly water. This SodaStream machine allows you to make your own soda or seltzer whenever you want. This machine uses earth-friendly glass bottles, and if you buy a couple of extras, you can make sure you always have plenty of bubbly water on deck in your fridge when your cravings hit. BUY IT: Bed, Bath & Beyond, $179.99

Say Buh Bye to Plastic Bags

Disposable zippered storage bags are easy to use and relatively cheap, but they're not so great for our environment. If you're a plastic bag addict, we have a much more eco-friendly solution for you: reusable food pouches. Use these pouches the same way you do plastic baggies — for veggies, snacks and sandwiches — but instead of tossing them in the trash when you're done,  just clean the pouches in the dishwasher and use them again and again. BUY IT: Thrive Market, $19.99

Clean Up Your Act

An easy change to make that will immediately boost your home's health: switch out your current cleaning products with natural and organic versions. Mrs. Meyers cleaning products use plant-derived ingredients, don't test on animals, and use recycled materials in their packaging. They also come in beautifully fragranced scents such as lemon verbena, basil, honeysuckle, peppermint, lavender and more. BUY IT:  Amazon, $11.97

Keep Your Mattress Fresh

We all know we need to wash our linens, but it's easy to forget that you should also clean your mattress regularly. This cordless, hand-held vacuum makes cleaning your mattress a snap. It quickly picks up dust mites, dead skin cells or other allergens, and it has a dust sensor that turns green to let you know when the mattress's surface is all clean. The vacuum also works great on other furniture, stairs and kids' car seats. BUY ITAmazon, $169.99

You Need a Smoke Detector App

Using your phone, you can control your home's lights, music, door locks, and now smoke detectors, too. The Nest Smoke and Carbon Dioxide detector can send alerts to your phone, letting you know when either smoke or carbon dioxide is present in your space. This means you can monitor your home from anywhere in the world, and always make sure your family and pets are safe. Instead of a piercing siren, the unit uses light and also talks to you to give you updates such as "Heads up! There's smoke in the living room." The Nest unit is available in both wired and wireless versions. BUY IT: Home Depot, $119

Are you Filtering Your H20?

If you don't have a water filter on your sink faucet or in your fridge, you can get a SOMA pitcher instead. This pitcher is beautifully designed, so you'll feel good when you and your family are getting your 8 glasses of water in a day. The filters for these pitchers are made from 60 percent plant-based, renewable materials and the pitcher is made from BPA-free plastic. BUY IT: Bed, Bath & Beyond, $39.99

Say Yes to Glass

After you say "buh-bye" to disposible plastic bags, ditch all of your plastic containers and replace them with glass. These glass food storage containers are completely versatile —
they can go in the oven or the freezer, and are also dishwasher safe. The lids feature locking tabs, so you can be sure your leftovers won't leak. BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $59.95

De-Gunk Your Devices

Get yourself some natural disinfecting wipes like these and wipe off all of your family's devices, remote controls, screens and phones. Tons of bacteria and gunk can build up on these items, and it's easy to forget that they need to be cleaned regularly too. Set a recurring alarm on your phone once a week to remind yourself to keep up your new tech-y cleaning routine.  BUY IT: Target, $5.99

The Easiest (and Cleanest) Shower Curtain You'll Ever Need

Shower curtains and shower curtain liners are another household item we might neglect to clean as often as we should. Part of the problem is that they are usually a big pain to get off the rod. Here's the solution: this hookless shower curtain with a snap-on liner could not be easier to put up or take down. This means that you can grab it whenever you need to throw either the curtain or the liner into your washing machine to clean and freshen it up. You can even buy a couple of extra liners to keep on hand so that you have a spare one ready to go anytime you're in a pinch. BUY IT: Bed, Bath & Beyond, $29.99

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