A healthy home promotes wellbeing. Keeping the house clean and maintained, ventilated for air quality, contaminate-free and a whole range of other things makes it for clean living.
Here are 20 Smart Ways for Clean Living
Live Healthier! There are lots of simple ways for clean living – let’s take a look at 20 things we might not be mindful about but can be a way to create a healthier clean home!
20 Smart Ways for Healthy Home
Create an Urban Jungle
Plants make people happy. Include indoor house plants like English Ivy, Aloe Vera, Peace Lilies and many others to (literally) make your home greener with air purifying plants. Indoor plants help clean the air and also have a calming effect, add colour & life to your living space. Checkout 8 Mood Boosting Houseplants for Indoors
Declutter your Space
The space around you affects your mental health. How you feel and think about things is partially determined by the space you are in. Keep it clean, uncluttered, and full of beauty! Remember a clean , decluttered space is the first and foremost prerequisite for a deep restorative sleep!!
Be mindful when choosing cleaning products
We all buy for our kitchens, fancy dishwashing liquids that earlier used to be messier with soaps. We may have been happy with new squeezing, less messier bottles and may have discarded the soaps that left so much white residue on our utensils. You will be surprised to know that the harm they cause to our body still remains the same.
The amount of chemicals in these soaps with fancy marketing of lemon and vinegar are way more harmful to the human body. Try these DIY Natural Kitchen Cleaner Alternatives
Disinfect Your Fruit And Vegetables Naturally
Instead of using some chemical products to disinfect your fruit and vegetables, you can use hydrogen peroxide. Fill up your kitchen colander with cold water, add a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Add your fruit and veggies and let them soak for 20 minutes. Let them dry after rinsing them. You will get rid of any dirt, chemicals and keep them fresh longer.
Add a Humidifier to your Home
Humidifiers add moisture to the air, which can benefit people with respiratory symptoms or dry skin. Moisture from a humidifier can be helpful around the home. Any moisture-loving houseplants may become more vibrant, and wood floors or furniture may last longer. Humidity can also help to prevent wallpaper from cracking and static electricity from building up.
Clean your Carpets, Curtains and Floor mats properly
Deep cleans (once or twice a year) are pretty much required. So here are different ways to deep clean a carpet:
2. DIY using baking soda or dish soap and some tools. Here’s a step-by-step guide.
3. Buy or rent a carpet cleaner.
Don’t use Air Fresheners, Add a Diffuser
Though air fresheners add a pleasant smell to a space, experts at the EPA say they are only masking other odors that might be present in your indoor environment. Many air fresheners are also made with harmful chemicals that can pollute the air you’re breathing and pose certain health risks. Diffuser is an affordable option for a pleasant smelling home. The initial investment is pricier at first, but the diffuser and oils last a long time. Plus, there are so many benefits to using Essential Oils to Create a Calm Space.
Create your own Zen zone
Creating a “no electronics” zone is a way to make your home healthier. It doesn’t even need to be an entire room – it can be a small corner with a chair or a floor pillow – but whatever it is, no cellphones, laptops, tablets or video game consoles allowed.
Change your Air Filters
Cleaning your air ducts will not benefit your health or lower your power bills. You do need to regularly change your air filters. It’s the best way to keep dust, allergens and particles out of your house. Most air filters should be replaced every two to three months, but it varies depending on what type of HVAC unit you have.
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Let the Fresh Air In
Opening your windows and pulling back the drapes not only lets natural sunlight into your home, but it also allows fresh air to come in and flush out indoor air that may be polluted. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if you’re not letting enough outdoor air come indoors, pollutants can accumulate in your house to levels that can pose health problems. In fact, the most effective way to improve your indoor air is to ventilate it with clean outdoor air.
Open your House to Natural Light
A healthy home can also mean an environmentally friendly one, and you really don’t want to be using unnecessary energy throughout your living space. Open your space to natural light. Natural light boosts vitamin D. Wards off seasonal depression. Improves sleep quality and reduces health risks of fluorescent lighting.
Related : Nourish your Body and Mind with Healing Sunlight
Replace your Water filter
Most of us get passive once the water purifier has been installed. We never bother to replace water filters on recommended time. We all know that access to clean, fresh water is fundamental to our health and wellbeing, and filtering our water ensures that this is achieved. So ensure you replace your filters on time to remove harmful chemicals and bacteria, which if consumed can cause diseases and general ill-health.
In this pandemic era, sanitisation has become the necessity of life. Things like cell phones, TV remotes, iPads and even a computer keyboard, kids toys can harbor far more germs than people think. Ensure that you regularly sanitize them along with all that you receive as outside delivery.
Wash towels more frequently
As a general rule of thumb, you should wash your bath towel or switch to a fresh one at least once a week. And if you’re sick, as with bedsheets, throw them in the laundry immediately. If you’re wondering when to replace them completely, aim to do so every one to two years.
Change your light bulbs to LED
Changing your light bulbs to LEDs can help you be more sustainable and save money while you’re at it. Quality LED light bulbs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs.
Swap out cutting boards
Cutting boards are yet another breeding ground for bacteria, especially if you cook with meat often. Replace your plastic boards with wooden boards.
Discard Plastics. Store food in Eco-friendly Reusable Food Storage
Food storage is very important for our health. Switch to Eco-friendly Sustainable Alternatives To Plastic Bags.
Keep The Shoes Outside In Shoe Racks
Shoes can be a carrier for microbes like bacteria and viruses. If you’re wearing shoes in the house, you could be transferring those germs all over your living space. Speaking of shoes, always invest in a shoe rack that can be placed outside the door and shoes can be left there before entering the house. Moreover ensure that you wash your shoes and slippers once every week.
Keep A Check Of All Other Overlooked Items In Your Home
Many common household items unfortunately double as breeding grounds for germs. Chances are you’re probably not cleaning or changing your dish sponge, dish towels,
your bath loofahs, bath mats or even your shower curtains frequently enough. It’s also incredibly important to change your toothbrush, pillowcase and other household items from time to time.