While there are many factors that contribute to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, many people are shocked when they realize just how much their home environment contributes to their health. In fact, in some cases, a poorly managed home could actually be making you sick; due to the presence of toxins, mold, pests or general clutter.
As a result, you must make an effort to transform your home into a healthier space – one where you’re able to relax and care for yourself without worry. Here are some top tips that will help you do exactly that!
Test the air quality. The air quality within your home is more important than you may think, especially if you or a member of your family deals with allergies or a respiratory condition such as asthma. As such, air quality testing will help you discover whether or not there are any contaminants present in your home, such as mold, dust mites, and bacteria. You can then put plans in place to remove them.
Get rid of clutter. Getting rid of clutter is more than just a method to spruce up your home for spring – it can also do wonders for your mental and physical health. This is because clutter allows dust and dirt to build up in your home, which can lead to a variety of health complications. What’s more, many studies have found that “levels of the stress hormone cortisol were higher in those whose home environments were cluttered”.
Introduce some plants into your home. While they look (and smell) great, plants are far more than a touch of decoration, they can also make your home a healthier space. This is because they can improve the air quality within your home, as they draw in toxins and release oxygen into the atmosphere. They also come with the added benefit of making your home greener.
Use natural cleaning products. Commercial cleaning products are packed with chemicals designed to remove dirt, grime and bacteria from your home – however, they can also present a significant health hazard, especially if they fall into the hands of young children. As a result, it’s far better to use natural, non-toxic cleaning products or even make your own. For example, lemon juice and baking soda are excellent at removing even the most stubborn of stains.
Take your shoes off when you get home. Many households will already have a ‘no-shoes’ rule in place, especially if most of your rooms are carpeted. This is because many homeowners don’t want dirt, grime and bacteria from the bottom of their shoes to be moved throughout the house as it is a hassle to clean. Furthermore, failing to remove shoes when you enter the home could be impacting your health with a recent study claiming that “one-third of the matter building up inside your home comes from the outside, much of it being tracked in on the soles of our shoes”. As a result, if this isn’t already one of your ‘house rules’ it’s time to make it one.