To continue last night's topic, we've also done a few other things to keep our home as chemical free as possible. As I mentioned in last entry, we do a few household maintenance things in a more green way now. In addition to the routine maintenance on our air condition, we also purchased reusable filters for our heating and air systems. These can be purchased relatively inexpensively if you buy them out of season. Each reusable filter can be used for 5 years. We bought extra large ones that we can cut in half so we saved in cost there as well. Once the filter can no longer be used inside, I'll probably repurpose it as a door mat or scrub pad for our little patio.
We've reduced and almost eliminated the use of any pesticides by planting catnip around our home. Catnip also will protect your home from rat infestation. Occasionally we still use a sweet borax trap inside for the periodic ant problem. To combat any fleas, we sprinkle 20 Mule Borax soap on our doormats and around the perimeter of our home. This can also be used directly on your pet to help them get rid of fleas and ticks. Lavender is a good plant to use to keep insects at bay too and a drop of lavender oil on your pet's neck will rid them of fleas as well.
Hope this gives you some ideas for useful things in your own homes,