How to Create and Maintain a Healthy Home Environment
By Emma Sturgis
A healthy home is a home that is clean, safe and free of harmful chemicals, germs and bacteria. There are various steps you can take to create a healthy home environment that gives you peace of mind.
Dust makes your home environment unhealthy for everyone living there. It can be a serious concern for family members with allergies. Carpet is a magnet for dust. If possible, remove the carpeting in your home and replace it with wood, cork, tile or non-vinyl linoleum. If replacing the carpet is not an option for you, be sure that you vacuum your carpets several times a week using a good quality vacuum cleaner.
It’s important to note that dust also quickly accumulates in corners, under furniture and in upholstery. A regular, thorough cleaning of these areas can eliminate household dust. According to an expert from Maid Brigade, consistently changing your furnace filter will also help keep the air in your home clean and dust-free.
Chemical-based cleaning products can be a hazard if you have children and pets living in your home. They are also harmful to the environment. To create a healthy home, use only green, eco-friendly cleaning products. You might also want to experiment with some of the many homemade cleaning product recipes you can find online.
Mold is a health hazard that you don’t want in your home. If you already have evidence of mold, you may need to get a professional to assist you with removing it. You can prevent mold from becoming a health hazard in your home by making sure moisture does not accumulate in your bathroom, basement, attic, around your windows, or in any other area of your home. Proper ventilation is a major factor in preventing mold. Exhaust fans for the bathroom, dehumidifiers for the basement and proper ventilation in the attic and throughout the house are ideal ways to prevent mold.
A dedication to cleanliness is one of the best ways to create a healthy home environment. Developing habits such as frequently wiping kitchen and bathroom countertops with a mixture of vinegar and water can keep them free of germs and bacteria. Another good habit for everyone in the house to develop is the removal of their shoes, either outside or just inside the door. A lot of germs and bacteria from the outside environment can be tracked into your home on the bottom of your shoes. With some heightened vigilance and the introduction of a few good habits, your home can become a healthy place for your family.
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