With so many of us working from home now, it makes sense you’d want your home to be as healthy as possible.
If you have someone at home with asthma or allergies, would like to use less chemicals when cleaning or want to prevent mould growing in your home, we have five simple steps you can implement today to get your home healthy.
5 Healthy Home Tips
1. Fresh Air is Best.
This is super simple but you should be opening up windows when you can. It may surprise you to know that indoor air is typically more polluted than outdoor air so you should be airing out your home as much as possible.
Indoor plants will do a great job of purifying your air – these are some of our top picks.
A home without air flow is also susceptible to mould and bacteria, so it makes sense that you should be letting in fresh air to dehumidify. This is particularly true in rooms like your bathroom or laundry, areas which create a lot of heat and moisture.
A little fresh air in the bedroom will be beneficial, too. Thousands of dust-mites and their excrement could be calling your mattress home, potentially causing health problems. Put your mattress in the sun for about an hour at least once a month – UV light is the best natural treatment for dust mites.
2. Reduce Household Health Hazards
Most cleaning product cupboards are overflowing with chemicals. But did you know that most chores around the home can be completed using one of just 3 natural ingredients?
While commercial cleaners are certainly needed for some chores, white vinegar, lemons, and baking soda will do a great job around the home.
Reducing your reliance on chemicals to clean your home will create a healthier space for your family. It’s better for the environment and your wallet, too.
Our blog has some brilliant ideas to tackle any job around the home naturally.
3. Declutter Your Home (and mind)
You’ve heard the saying ‘Cluttered Life, Cluttered Mind’. Most of us think of reality TV shows like Hoarders when we hear the word ‘clutter’, however, experts in this Psychology Today article simply describe it as “the accumulation of more possessions than can fit into the available space”.
This extends to the digital space, e.g. that email inbox with the 4,532 unread messages. The theory is that the more clutter you have in your home, the more it interferes with the pleasure you feel in that environment.
It makes sense; an organised home will help your mind feel more organised.
Don’t forget the more clutter you have, the more places dust has to gather, which also has health repercussions.
4. Improve Your Hygiene Practices
Ensure that everyone at home is washing their hands properly – invest in some nice smelling hand wash and luxurious towels while making sure you are teaching your kids good practices.
You should remember to wash your bed sheets at least once a week, replace bath towels regularly, and wipe down doorknobs, tv remotes, mobile phones and appliances with disinfectant wipes often.
5. Embrace Hygge
Hygge is a Scandinavian term and way of life all about enjoying life’s simple pleasures and creating serenity, calm and cosiness in your environment. Creating this sort of space will have a calming effect on your overall wellbeing.
Here are a few tips to hygge your home.
- Designate an area of your home to relax and rejuvenate. Pop a comfy chair with a blanket in the space and somewhere to put your coffee or cup of tea down.
- Adorn your home with fresh flowers and air purifying indoor plants. Indoor plants look tranquil but some also have health benefits.
- Create cosiness by decorating with comfy cushions and throw rugs.
- Add candles, plush towels, comfy robes and serene artwork to make your bathroom feel like a relaxing retreat.