Nowadays, staying healthy is becoming more and more important. Now that we spend more time at home, we also need to make sure that we stay in a healthy home.
Here are some tips on how to make your home a healthy haven.
Use mother nature’s cleansers
Using harsh cleansers and other noxious chemicals, although relatively safe when used correctly, may still have some negative side effects to one’s health. They can cause skin irritation, trigger asthma and migraine and some chemicals are even linked to hormonal issues and cancer.
When possible, it is a better idea to replace these products with homemade alternatives like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, salt etc.
Here re sample recipes: All-purpose cleaner: Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 litre warm water.
‘Drain cleaner: Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain. Add a half-cup white vinegar. Close the drain and wait five minutes, then flush with a kettleful of boiling water.
Be vigilant about molds and dust mites
What you may think as allergic reaction to pollen or pet dander can actually be caused by mold spores or dust mites’s droppings.
High humidity often causes mold to flourish so make sure you control the moisture of air in your home. Keep an eye out for leaks and dripping faucets. Use a dehumidifier if your general humidity goes beyond 50%.
Vacuum rugs, upholstery etc weekly and wash beddings and fabric covers regularly to make sure dust mites are under control.
Don’t give germs and viruses a way into your body.
No matter how carefully you clean, it’s impossible to get rid of all the germs in your home. Teach everyone in your household to wash hands thoroughly before meals, after using the bathroom or when they come back from outside the home. It’s also to avoid touching the face when unnecessary.
Another place germs love is a damp toothbrush. Also, many viruses can survive for more than 24 hours on moist bristles. Rinse your brush daily with mouthwash or if possible, alternate between two to three toothbrushes, so you’re using a dry toothbrush each time. If you get sick with a cold or flu, replace your brushes after recovery just to be safe.
Keep your sponges clean
Cleaning materials, especially if you use them on plates and cutlery need to be extra clean. As moist things are breeding grounds for germs, make sure to disinfect and air dry sponges daily and also change them regularly, if possible, every week.
Now that you have made your home clean, don’t forget to give your body a good cleanse, too!