4 Easy Ways To Boost Your Home’s Health
Health. What does it mean to you? Maybe it means hitting the walking path during lunch break instead of that new burrito truck down the street. Maybe it’s taking three deep breaths and a pause when you feel stress picking up momentum. Maybe it means your cart rarely sees the inside aisles of the grocery store. Maybe it means being diligent about making (and keeping) your medical and dental appointments. No matter what health means to you, don’t forget one of the most important parts of all – your home! Your home is your foundation, your nest. Maintaining a healthy living environment there is just as important as taking care of yourself. Read on for four ways you can show your home some love.
Open Your Windows
Even if just for 15 minutes a day, inviting fresh air in while giving heavy, stale air the boot can be a fantastic way to perk up your mood, whisk away odors, and improve air quality. Structurally speaking, homes are airtight by design. Yes, this is great when it comes to torrential downpours, Nor’easters, and the occasional roaming skunk. However, airtight isn’t appreciated as much the morning after making baked salmon, or when your children have been playing ping pong with colds for weeks on end. Daily living means that eventually your home will just feel stale, despite your best efforts of cleaning and deodorizing. What to do? Try opening your windows a part of your routine. When you empty the dishwasher, open your kitchen window. When you’re making your bed, open your bedroom window. It is important to note that there are certain times when opening windows might not be the healthiest option, especially for those with allergies or certain medical conditions. Use your best judgement.
Use Your Green Thumb
When you pop into a home decorating store, odds are you’ll see artificial plants. Without a doubt, most look great and are very realistic, but will they improve your home’s air quality? Likely not. Real plants are a different story. Not only will these little superheroes brighten up your space, they’ll get right to work, detoxifying the air by absorbing nasties like formaldehyde and carbon dioxide, while returning oxygen rich air to your home. How’s that for a winning combination for the health of everyone in your home? One important thing to keep in mind – if you are a pet owner, please do your research regarding pet safe houseplants before heading to the nursery. There are several plants that are toxic or even deadly for pets, but several that have the green light for pet safety. You want to make sure you cover all of your bases to include the health and safety of your four-legged friends, too!
Vent It Out
Bathroom fans and vented range hoods are two home care MVPs that should always be put in the game! With the flip of a switch, both remove excess moisture that can lead to the growth of mold or mildew, as well as unpleasant odors that tend to linger… and linger. Keeping your home’s humidity balance in check is easy, and another important part of your home’s overall health.
Clean Up Your Cleaning Supplies
Mostly everyone enjoys a clean home, and mostly everyone has noticed the hundreds of cleaning items available. But, if your cleaning products aren’t exactly, well… clean, you may be doing more harm than good. Keep in mind that everything used inside of your home becomes a part of your home, which becomes a part of you. There are some wonderful product lines on the market that have great reviews, are effective, and are friendly to your home’s environment. You also don’t have to look any farther than your pantry, as white vinegar and baking soda are still rockstars in the homemade cleaning solution world. Your grandmother would be so proud! And your home will be pretty happy, too.
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