Let's face it, we all want to be healthier. No one actively seeks out being unhealthy, but due to circumstance, lack of knowledge, or sheer bad habits, we don't always do what is best for ourselves, our families, or our homes. In this article, we aren't going to preach about the benefits of expensive home renovations, but rather, we're going to show you a few effortless ways to make your home cleaner and healthier today.
Take Off Your Shoes
Entering a house and taking off your shoes is about more than being polite. It is also not simply about avoiding tracking dirt or water inside. Taking off your shoes significantly cuts down the number of infectious bacteria and pathogens that can make you and your family sick. The fact that you'll also cut down on your cleaning requirements is another bonus.
Placing a bristly doormat outside your entryway will cut down on the amount of dirt and debris that comes into your home. Adding a non-slip matt inside the entrance will ensure that further muck stays out of your home. In addition to instigating a no-shoes policy in your home, these mats will assist with making your home healthier and ensure it stays cleaner.
Open the Windows
It is such a simple task, but it is incredible how few people think to open up the windows and let the breeze rejuvenate your home. Ventilation is essential for improving indoor air quality and limiting the build-up of pollutants. Even in winter, we would recommend that you open the windows whenever the weather permits.
Let in the Light
The weather might not be conducive for opening the windows, but this doesn't mean that you can't let in the light. Open up the curtains and let the sunshine in. Natural light gives us vitamin D, which is essential for our overall well being. It also keeps seasonal depression at bay and improves sleep.
Add Some Plants
Houseplants add a vibrant pop of color to your home and are a decorator's secret weapon, but they also improve the air quality of your home. Some of the most straightforward plants to tend are the best for absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off oxygen, including:
- Aloe vera
- Spider plants
- Bamboo palm
Change Your Air Filter
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that HEPA filters in your home to remove pollen, bacteria, mold, and dust from the air in your home. However, don't forget that it is essential to routinely change the air filters.
Clean the Sink
Your sink is generally filled with items that are rife with growing bacteria. Dirty dishes, raw meat and fish, and old rags will all make your sink incredibly unsanitary if you don't clean it properly. Rather than simply giving your sink a rinse for visible debris, we recommend a rinse with diluted vinegar every evening.
Clean the Sponges
Kitchen sponges, towels, and rags shouldn't have a foul smell. Make it a routine to change, wash or sanitize these items daily. You can sanitize a wet sponge in the microwave or put it in the dishwasher.
High-Intensity Touch Points
None of us have the time to clean our entire house every day, but it is worth taking a few minutes to focus on cleaning high-intensity touch points with an anti-bacterial cleaning product. Focus on the following places, especially if anyone in your home is or has recently been ill:
- Fridge doors and handles
- Remote controls
- Computer keyboard
- iPad and phone screens
- Light switches
Making your home healthier doesn't need to involve a lot of additional work. In fact, many of the suggestions listed above will limit the amount of cleaning that you need to do on a daily basis. However, consistency is vital, so try to make these recommendations a habit for healthier living.
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