Our home is our refuge. It’s the place we seek when comfort is most needed, our cove when we need the most security. While we’re very much aware of how much comfort our homes brings, we also have to be aware of how much it contributes to our health. Check out each of your rooms at home and assess how big a factor health played when you designed and structured it. Perhaps windows were purposely chosen to be big and wide to get more natural light into the room. You may have chosen to let go of heavy, fabric curtains to avoid allergies, and went for washable curtains and roller drapes instead. While major restructures can be made to increase the health quotient of your home, there are also quick fixes that can be made. There’s no need to buy new items with these quick fixes. Give these tips try to see how you can improve your health at home.
Declutter your rooms.
The simpler the room is, the healthier it is for you. This means cutting down not only on the number of items in the room, but the quality of items. The heavier the fabric, the more it can trap dirt and dust. Having more items in the room such as books, magazines, toys, also gathers more dirt and dust. Avoid storing things under your bed. The simpler the room, the easier you can breathe.
Remove the carpet.
The carpet is a party place for dust mites. If you can do without the rugs, go for it. Materials used for carpeting can be harmful to your health. This includes the carpet’s padding and even the glue used for it can release irritating and potential harmful chemicals. Older carpets are more prone to posing health risks because of dander, mildew, mold and bacteria that have settled into the carpet’s material. Chemicals from cleaning products used for the carpet can also settle in the carpet’s material, bringing down air quality indoors. Should carpets and rugs be a must in the rooms, make sure they are vacuumed regularly.
Keep your home dry.
Check your drainage. Check your walls. Does the rain seep through the sidings, the roofing, the window frames? Is plumbing leaking? Check if moisture is gathering in nooks and crannies of your home. A dry home prevents the growth of mold which can contribute to sickness in the home. Go micro in checking problematic areas such as dish towels and sponges, door handles and cabinet knobs – items that may be handled with wet hands. Wet laundry left unattended in a washing machine is also a breeding ground for germs. As soon as clothes are done washing, transfer clean clothes to the dryer or hang them up to dry.
Bring fresh air into the home.
Keeping your home well ventilated is important to everyday living. Fresh air reduces pollutants brought into the home. Open up the windows to let the air flow in. If you have exhausts already installed at home, make sure they are working well and that the ducts are installed properly. Bringing natural green plants indoors can also improve indoor air quality. Nature’s air purifiers include spider plants, aloe vera and ferns.
Watch out for safety hazards.
How safe is your home? Go around your home like the Safety Police. Start from your home’s entrance. Are their handrails on your home’s steps sturdy enough? How slippery are the floors of your rooms? Are there any unnecessary obstructions on stairways and entry ways?Identify where slips and falls are most likely to happen. Are there loose rugs and carpets at home? How well-lit is your home – indoors and outdoors? Is your fire detector working?
Before going big on any purchases for the home to keep it safer, healthier, do a comprehensive check around your home. What are potential health hazards? What could work better? Little fixes like straightening the carpet to avoid trips and slips, or making sure the faucet isn’t leaking can contribute to boosting your home’s health quotient.