When you’re looking into ways to make yourself and your family healthier, you will probably think about how to get more exercise, how to eat a more balanced diet, and how to look out for the symptoms of any potentially dangerous illnesses. What you might not look into is how your home needs to be transformed into a healthy space too. Yet without your home being a healthy place to be, your healthy lifestyle might not be quite as healthy as you think it is, despite putting in a lot of hard work.
The good news is it’s not too hard to make the changes you need to your home to make it a healthy space to be in. A few small enhancements here, and a few small modifications there, and you will have everything you need to ensure you and your family are living in a healthy house. Read on to find out more.
Transforming Your Home Into A Healthy Space
Encourage Frequent Hand Washing
Over the past few months, we’ve all learned that hand washing is much more than just a quick task done when we remember to, or when we notice our hands are dirty. It’s something much more important than that, and not just for our own health or the health of those around us either; it’s a good way to keep our homes healthy too.
By washing our hands in the right way with good, antibacterial soap, frequently throughout the day including after we use the bathroom, before prepping food, before and after eating, and after using a computer keyboard or smart device, for example, we can prevent germs from being spread from one surface to another. This means that someone else in the household won’t pick up germs and spread them around unknowingly either. Hand washing is a simple but incredibly effective way to keep healthy.
When you are working out the right way to make your home healthy, it’s easy to get fixated on the interior – after all, that’s likely to be where we spend most of our time, especially during the colder months. The yard, however, can be just as unhealthy as the rest of the property, especially if you have pets, so it’s wise to consider this as well.
Every time you go outside, whether the kids are playing out there, you let the dogs outside, or you need to get something from a shed, garage, or outhouse, you are tracking dirt back into the house, and there are other hidden dangers outside too.
One of the biggest problems is dog mess. If you have a dog and they use the yard to do their business in, you will need to make sure this is picked up regularly, and disposed of properly. If you’re busy or physically unable to do this, you can even hire a professional pooper scooper service to ensure the job is done.
Even without a dog to think of, the dirt in the yard can be a problem if it comes inside. One way to combat this is the have a pair of shoes that are solely for the garden. These can be kept by the back door, and put on and removed only when going into the backyard. In this way, you can minimize any issues.
Regarding other dangers that might cause health issues, it is often a good idea to have a garden expert come to your home to check out the plants and bushes in your yard. They will be able to tell you whether or not the berries and flowers are dangerous to you and your family, and you can remove them if that is the case.
The Home Office
The home office is a relatively new idea, but it’s something that more and more of us are including in our lives – even if you don’t work from home, having a space to do taxes and other household admin tasks is useful.
No matter how important it is for you to have a home office, this can be a dangerous room if you don’t set it up correctly. Sitting at a desk for eight or more hours each day is very bad for your health, for example, and one way to combat this if you can’t go out for a walk or don’t have a lot of time during the day to do so is to have a standing desk or even a desk that you can change from sitting to standing.
Another danger in the home office is your desk. It can get very dirty, and when you have a computer on it, that can be filthy too, even if you don’t realize it. Make sure you thoroughly disinfect your desk at least once a week, and never eat there – always go into a different room even if you’re just having a snack; it’s much healthier this way.
We all know – or we should know – that drinking water is the best thing you can do for your health. Better than tea or coffee, better than milk, better than fruit juice, and certainly better than soda, water contains all the essentials vitamins and minerals we need to stay healthy and maintain a good weight.
Yet the water that comes into our homes might not be quite as healthy as you would think. Running water straight from the faucet may contain pollutants such as ammonia and radium, and other unpleasant additions that simply aren’t needed and that might make you sick.
The best option is to install a water filter. This can either be installed under your sink in the water pipe so that the water is filtered as it comes from the tap and only contains the nutrients you need, or it can be done using a specially designed jug that has a filter in it. In both cases, these filters will need to be replaced every six months or so for them to continue working, but the result is pure water you can drink without any concerns.
Have Some Houseplants At Home
No matter what kind of décor you have in your home, the addition of houseplants is always a bonus; they look good and they can set off a room perfectly. But houseplants aren’t just a lovely way to decorate your home and make it more attractive; houseplants are actually good for your health as well.
Houseplants purify the air within your home, taking in carbon dioxide and letting out purer oxygen that is good to breathe. Because the air in your home can become full of pollutants just like your water can, having houseplants there to combat this problem (and to look good at the same time) means you don’t have to worry, knowing that you can breathe in good, fresh air in all the rooms of your house.
Green Cleaning Supplies
Usually, you would think that the more you clean your home the better it is for your health, as you’ll be removing the toxins and germs, leaving everything fresh and clean. The truth, however, is that if you’re using cleaning products that are full of chemicals, you might be causing more harm to your family than you realize, removing the germs and bacteria, but replacing them with chemicals that are then on surfaces and in the air.
What can be done about this problem? You surely can’t forego the cleaning of your home, as that would make it more unhealthy. But using chemicals is bad too. There is a solution; there are green cleaning products available that don’t contain any nasty chemicals and are safe to use, even if you have children and pets. Or you could try to make your own. Many standard household products such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can combine to make an excellent cleaning product that will work just as well as the chemical-filled ones will.