When it comes to dining out or the grocery stores we shop at, we’re all concerned about cleanliness. Even the slightest sign of dirt or infestation has many of us running for the hills. So, what about the conditions of our own homes? Would they be up to an inspector’s standards if it came down to it?
If you aren’t already doing these simple tasks to make your home a healthier place to live, start incorporating them into your routine.
Rid your home of toxic cleaning products.
One of the best things you can do for your health is eliminating cleaning products that are full of harmful chemicals. Yes, they may kill bacteria, but they can also leave behind dangerous toxins and fumes. There are plenty of green cleaning products to choose from, or you could also make your own.
Clean areas you often forget about.
You might vacuum once a week (or once a month), wipe down countertops, and sweep the floors, but how often do you clean your light switches, washing machine and dryer, and ceiling fans? These are all areas that we don’t necessarily think about, but that can trap a lot of bacteria (we mean A LOT).
Keep some plants around.
The feeling you get when you step outside into the wilderness for some fresh air—yeah, you can’t replicate that completely indoors, but buying some houseplants can work wonders in making your home a more breathable space. Studies show that some houseplants help purify the air, and generally just make us feel healthier (a win win!)
Keep critters at bay naturally.
When bugs and rodents come around, we can jump to conclusions that it must be our fault for leaving crumbs out or not plugging up cracks in the walls. While these reasons could be a contributing factor, it’s not necessary to run out and get the strongest anti-pest spray on the market. There are plenty of other ways you can reduce the risk of unwanted guests finding their way in, like removing any standing water from around your property (to help prevent mosquitoes), and spraying vinegar (to help keep bugs at bay).
Even the most diligent can benefit from a reminder now and again to tidy up. These tips can help you make sure your home is healthy, and that you’re healthier in return.