7 Tips for A Healthier Home

By taking steps to improve the health of your home, you can gain a sense of control over your living environment. A healthy home is one that doesn't make you ill, providing a safe and nurturing space that promotes good health.

The HUD found that around 6.7 million people are living in substandard housing, which is impacting their quality of life. However, by implementing simple changes, such as reducing mold, which is present in around 70% of all homes in the U.S., we can significantly improve our living conditions and health.

7 Tips for A Healthier Home

Your home can attract many contaminants, but by following these tips, you can eliminate them and improve the health of your home. Remember, every small action counts towards creating a healthier living environment.

Let The Light In

Don't underestimate the power of natural light and fresh air. Opening your windows to let sunlight in can instantly boost your mood and provide you with essential vitamin D. Even if you can't open the windows, simply drawing back the drapes or blinds can allow sunlight to fill each room. The more natural light and fresh air your home receives, the better it is for your mental and physical health.

Take Your Shoes Off At The Door

A rather inconspicuous way you can increase dirt and contaminants in your home is by keeping your shoes off after being outdoors. Your shoes will likely pick up dirt and debris as you go about your daily business and wearing them around the house will deposit them around your floors and surfaces. Always remove your shoes at the front door, and don't wear your outdoor footwear indoors or vice versa to reduce the dirt in your home.

Add Plants

Adding plants to your home can have multiple benefits. Firstly, finding the right air-purifying plants can allow you to benefit from cleaner air within your home. Secondly, plants have been scientifically proven to make you feel better and improve mental health, so even just having plants around your house that are visually appealing can improve your mental health, if not your physical health.

Use HEPA Filters

HEPA filters can remove up to 99.97% of particles from the air, meaning that if there are any airborne particles can make you ill, they will be trapped and eliminated from the air, leaving you with only clean, fresh air to breathe in. You can get HEPA filters for your vacuum, your HVAC, and your air purifiers. If you have seasonal allergies such as hay fever, asthma, or other breathing conditions, then HEPA filters can be hugely beneficial.

Reduce The Use Of Chemicals

Using many different chemicals within your home can increase the contaminants you might be allergic to or make you ill. Try to use more natural cleaning or laundry products and fewer air freshening products instead opting to keep the windows open more. Try to use homemade remedies such as lemon, dish soap, and bicarbonate of soda to create cleaning solutions to help you keep your home clean. Using steam cleaners is also beneficial for helping you kill any viruses or bacteria within the house and get rid of lingering odors too.

Keep It Clean

Staying on top of your daily household chores, such as washing the dishes, taking the trash out, and vacuuming, will help your home stay cleaner and healthier and reduce the risk of any bacteria building up from discarded food, stagnant water, or dirt accumulating. The cleaner your house, the healthier it will be, plus you will also reduce the risk of your home attracting pests, which can also impact how healthy your home is. Suppose you do find an infestation, you need to be proactive in clearing it up quickly, such as identifying the best way to get rid of flies, how to get rid of ants, and the signs of a cockroach infestation, for example. Spotting the signs will be much easier in a cleaner home as you won't be giving them any reason to enter your home or anywhere to hide.

Declutter and Organize

Having a lot of stuff in your home can attract dust, making your home dirty and impacting the air quality. Take some time to declutter what you own and then organize everything you are keeping so that everything has a home and isn't left to pile up in certain places, making it look and feel messier than it is.

Keeping a healthy home is the culmination of many small actions that you need to perform daily to reduce buildup and ensure that everything is clean and clear at all times.

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