Have you ever seen one of those commercials on television about your skin? To the naked eye, your skin may look soft and supple. But, when it is treated with a special machine that doctors use to look at and examine the skin more in depth, they can actually see the sun damage throughout the different layers that you didn’t even realize was present.
It is the same thing within your own house or home. On the surface to the naked eye, things may look clean and tidy but they can be harboring an unhealthy environment and not make for a very healthy home like you may wish or think. Let us look at ways that your home could be hazardous to your health and explore some simple ways for how to rectify the unhealthy portions of your house and make it one of the healthy homes.
How To Create A Healthy Home
* Bed Mattresses – No one ever seems to think about the bed in which they sleep on, unless you have trouble sleeping of course. It can be fine now, giving you the best night’s sleep and you are satisfied with it. What about when your bed mattress gets old? Lumpy mattresses can lead to back problems and certainly a loss of sleep. A good mattress typically lasts for about seven years or so. Then it’s time to find a new one altogether. Flipping the mattress every month or so ensures that you mattress sustains more even wear. You can also check for stains or problems with the mattress itself that may need your attention while flipping them.
* Pillows of Any Type – A typical standard pillow contains synthetic fibers in addition to down feathers. If your child seems to sneeze, cough or have a stuffy nose, especially in the evening hours or just after getting out of bed, it could very well be caused by the pillow. Cover pillows in dust covers to prevent the fillings from spilling out and coming into contact with their skin. It is also a good idea to look for hypo-allergenic pillows or hypo-allergenic filling for your pillows. Also couch and chair pillows can be an issue, so you can check them as well.
* Dust mites and other potential allergens – When was the last time that you changed your air filters, if you even have them? They are designed to grab dust and other allergens out of the air so that the atmosphere in your home is filled with cleaner, breathable air. Most on average have a life span of three months. Using clogged filters will not only leave more allergens in the air, but also slow down the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system, thus taxing them more and wasting energy.
* Air Purifiers – Use an air purifier or air ionizer. Even with regular filter changes, air purifiers can remove additional pollutants around the house like cigarette smoke, perfumes, cleaning product fumes and other irritants that can be harmful to yours and your families health.
Here are a couple of useful links for improving your indoor air quality:
How You Can Improve Your Indoor Ait Quality
House Plants for Clean Air – House Plants that Clean the Air
* Bathrooms – Keep the ventilation in your bathrooms high. Who has not ever noticed how the mirrors and windows get foggy after a hot or even warm shower? That same moisture is hanging over the other surfaces in your bathroom as well. It can quite likely lead to an increase in bacteria and also to mold growth in your bathrooms. Turn on the vent fans and leave the doors open after showers and baths to dry the area and keep moisture to a minimum.
* Dye-Free Products – Always try to use dye-free products. Some skin is quite sensitive to the perfumes and other chemicals in cleaners. Try using dish and laundry detergent that is free of them, or use some green natural alternatives. When you find a laundry detergent that doesn’t cause itching in the family, you have found a winner, so keep using that one specifically.
* Cleaning Agents – Try and use toxin free cleaners and other chemical compounds in your home. These can lead to other health issues to yourself and members of your family, with some of them being very severe! Rest assured, yours will never be one of the healthy homes if you do not at least try and minimize the use of toxins in your house.
Here are some handy links to help you reduce the use of toxic cleaners in your home:
Home Made Cleaners How to make Lavender Antibacterial Spray
How to Clean a Dishwasher with Vinegar
Non-Toxic Cleaning Products – Make your own Non-Toxic Multi-Purpose Cleaner
White Vinegar Cleaning as an all around Cleaner
Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaner
When it comes to healthy homes, we want you to have a truly healthy home, so we hope that these tips have helped!