Do you or loved ones in your home have a runny nose that never seems to go away? It could be a sign of an unhealthy home. A European study found that dust and mold in homes are responsible for over two million missed school days each year.
So what can one do to create a healthy home? Here are five tips that should help.
1. Keep It Clean
One of the best things you can do to maintain a healthy home is to keep it clean and free of dust. Dust and dust mites can trigger allergies and asthma, especially in children.
Defeat dust by vacuuming with a HEPA vacuum at least twice a week, taking care to reach into corners and under furniture and radiators, where dust bunnies hide. Remove dust from surfaces and wash bedding regularly. Keeping your home clean in general, particularly your kitchen area, will help keep pests away.
2. Keep Mold At Bay
Mold in a home can be dangerous and cause a multitude of health problems. While a mold removal company may be necessary to make a home healthier, preventing mold growth in the first place should be your priority.
Install a ventilation system in bathrooms to help evaporate moisture and keep surfaces dry. If an area of your home becomes flooded, remove water from the affected area as quickly as possible so mold doesn’t have a chance to grow.
3. Substitute Natural Cleaners For Commercial Ones
Many commercial cleaners contain harmful chemicals. You can keep them out of your home by substituting natural cleaning ingredients for many household cleaning products. Baking soda can scrub sinks and bathtubs, and vinegar can be used to make mirrors shine.
Choose environmentally friendly cleaning products that contain natural ingredients over traditional cleaning products.
4. Avoid Artificial Fragrance
They may smell sweet, but a majority of candles, sprays, and laundry detergents on the market today contain artificial perfumes made from chemicals. The long-term ramifications of exposure to artificial fragrance is unknown, but some studies indicate it contributes to several health conditions.
If you must scent your home, opt for products that are scented with the essential oils of plants, herbs, and fruit. You can release essential oils into a living space using a diffuser.
An added benefit is that inhaling certain essential oils can decrease stress and anxiety and help you fall asleep faster. Essential oils are used during Ayurvedic massage because of their soothing properties.
5. Air Your Home Out
if you live in a neighborhood that’s free from pollution and traffic, open the windows and let fresh air in once in a while. Toxins can build up quicker during the winter when homes are more sealed. Circulating the air will help remove odors and keep it healthier.
When you can’t open a window, running a HEPA air filter can help remove dust, allergens, particles, and smells from the air.
Create a Healthy Home With These Tips
Keeping your living spaces clean and free of dust and harmful chemicals will certainly create a healthy home you and your family will love. Chances are you’ll sleep better and feel more alert when you’re at home as a result.
Check out our home and garden posts for more great tips on taking care of your abode.