People are becoming increasingly aware of their health, and many want to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families from illness and disease. Good health starts in the home, and because we spend most of our lives in our homes, we must ensure that we live in a safe environment. Here are 6 ways to make your home a healthy haven.
Take Off Your Shoes
Removing your shoes when you enter your home will reduce the chance of you trailing nasty substances such as algae, pollen, bacteria, feces, and dirt around your home.
We need fresh, oxygen-rich air to breathe; therefore, the air in our homes should be as clean as possible. If you live in the country, you will have the luxury of being able to open a window to let in some fresh air. If you live in the city center, this probably isn’t a good idea.
Our homes can be polluted with chemicals we use for cleaning. Think twice about making it smell nice by spraying air fresheners, as these are just releasing chemicals into the air that will then travel into your lungs.
Soft furnishings and carpets are treated with chemicals to make them stain-resistant. These chemicals leach into the air, as do building materials and decorating materials such as paint and varnish. Polluted air can cause people to develop lung diseases such as lung cancer and asthma, strokes, and heart disease. Installing an air cleansing system such as an induct air purifier will help to filter toxins from the air in your home and make it a safer place for you and your family.
Cleaning your home regularly will help to reduce the amount of dust particles in your home. If you have pets, their hairs can settle all over the house and may cause your family members to develop allergies and breathing issues. At least every two days, clean your floors and furnishings with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. Dust all surfaces with a damp cloth
Be Wary of Chemicals
Try to use environmentally friendly cleaning detergents as much as possible and ditch the chemicals. Use homemade cleaning solutions such as white vinegar and water to clean glass items and windows and baking soda, vinegar mixed with lemon juice as an abrasive cleanser.
An easy way to make your home safer is to keep it clean – mop and hoover floors regularly and dust surfaces. Ensure you clean your bathroom thoroughly and dry the shower and bath after use to prevent mold growth that can damage a person’s lungs if the spores are inhaled. Wash your hands before preparing food and eating and after going to the toilet.
Get Some Houseplants
Some plants are able to reduce toxins in the air. According to studies completed by NASA, snake plants, spider plants, aloe Vera, and peace lilies all help purify the air in your home. Plants such as these are thought to remove formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the atmosphere. Plants also moisten the air making it less irritating to the mucous membranes than dry air.