|9 Easy Tips For a Healthier Home|
1. Keep Pollutants Outside
Make it a habit to take your shoes off as soon as you walk in the door of your home. Place a chair on bench near the door and put a shoes basket or shelf to make easier for you family members and visitors to take off their shoes at the door. This cuts down of the amount of of dirt and allergens in your home.
2. Use Natural Cleansers
Once you try cleaning with non-toxic cleaners you’ll find it hard to believe you ever used harsh chemicals. Not only do they work just as well, they smell better, don’t make you dizzy, and don’t pose a health risk.
3. Clean Smarter and More Often
Dust every few days with a slightly damp cloth, to prevent the dust from returning to the air. Avoid furnishings that trap dust, such as drapes, carpeting, throw pillows, and stuffed animals. Wash curtains and slip covers regularly in hot water.
Use a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air filter, and use it twice a week. If you are building a new house consider a central vacuum system that vents outside. The idea is to remove dust and debris without kicking it into the air inside your home.
4. Breath Fresh Air
Whenever possible, open the windows to allow old air out and fresh air in. In colder or humid months, use mechanical ventilation system to help keep indoor air fresh, dry, and comfortable.
It’s especially important to ventilate areas of the home which may have increased air pollutants such as the basement, laundry room and workshop. Glues, paints, solvents, laundry detergents, and even just dirty clothes can all cause unwanted air pollution. Keep all of these stored properly and well ventilated.
5. Stop Smoking
6. Drink Clean Water
On the way to our taps, water can pick up asbestos from old concrete pipes, rust, lead particles, and dirt. The glass of water you take from the tap has had a long eventful journey but is it clean enough to drink, it could be cleaner and better if you use a good in-house filtering system.
In order to keep your water filter functioning effectively, it is important to change the filter cartridges on a regular basis.
7. Inspire Healthy Eating Habits
Fruits are best for you and your kids. Aim for different colours to give you the widest variety of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that your body needs. Choose whole fruit over fruit juice. Often juice has lots of added sugar and preserving chemicals. Even if not, whole fruit still has more fibre and will leave you more satisfied.
8. Give Your House a Mood Boost
Keep a bright bunch of flowers in the living room, a vase of vibrant flowers along with green plants help generate a positive mood around the house and reduce stress, fatigue, and illness. In-door green plants also help reducing carbon monoxide.
Cut down on heavy and loud music, play a soft, classical, or country background music to set up an easy atmosphere and help you unwind.
9. Encourage Family Activities
Put a chess or a board game in the living room. Playing board games familiarizes young children with letters and numbers, builds hand-eye coordination, and encourages kids of all ages to interact with others. They can be a steppingstone for discussion about almost anything. Strategy games like Chess or Monopoly provide opportunities to talk about not only the game itself, but how it applies to the real world, real problems, etc. and most importantly help build family bonds.
The choices we all make on a day to day basis can make a huge impact. With just a little forethought and desire, we could make our homes healthier and joyful to all family members.
9 Easy Tips For a Healthier Home
Blog by | July 26th, 2008