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Home is where the heart is, and so it definitely should be where you find peace and serenity. It is even more important now as the world’s population is spending more time at home because of the pandemic. Keep your interest at peaked levels right to the bottom of the page as you learn how to make your home a healthier place.
- Make ventilation a priority
The best way to get proper ventilation in your home or living space is by opening windows and pulling back your curtains. Apart from the natural light that shines through, the outdoor air carries large volumes of oxygen which is capable of flushing out the polluted indoor air. You should know that utter disregard for adequate ventilation could become a catalyst for pollutants to build up in your home. Another way to get oxygen circulating in your home is by making use of houseplants, which do not only add nature’s greenery to your living space. You may have learned in elementary or high school that plants give off oxygen as waste and require carbon dioxide to maintain optimum growth. As humans breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, your living arrangement with these plants could become mutually beneficial.
- Use water filters for drinking water
You may have heard the saying, “water is life” but have you ever stopped to wonder why this is so? Apart from quenching your thirst, your body needs water to stay hydrated and to maintain the proper functioning of your organs. Without adequate intake of clean water, your blood could thicken and cause even further damage to the body. This is why you need to evaluate the quality of water in your home by calling the local department. This department is responsible for testing your water to determine PH levels and overall safety. After that, you can then make the decision to install a water filtration system. A water filter will rid dangerous pollutants such as ammonia from your pipes or taps. When you are certain about how potable your water is at home, you could use reusable water bottles and save cost on single-use plastics.
- Reduce mould and fungal growth
Admittedly, there is no one sure way to entirely eradicate mould formation in your home. However, there are practical measures you could take to minimise, control, or eliminate fungal formation in your space. Your bathroom is one place to look out for because of its indoor moisture. Dampness, absence of heat and light are responsible for mould and fungal growth, and by venting your bathrooms, you can reduce indoor humidity. Sometimes, through no fault of yours, your building would still experience degrees of rot. This is when you need expert help and you can learn more about dry rot control here online. You can inculcate the use of exhaust fans when you cook in the kitchen or when you run the dishwasher. The usage of air conditioners and dehumidifiers are other practical measures to rid your home of fungal growth.
- Be wary of household cleaning agents
Take a look around your home and identify cleaning supplies you may be keeping in stock. You will discover some contain harmful ingredients that are harmful to you and your family. Go the extra mile to read labels on household cleaning supplies you purchase. Look out for “Low VOCs (volatile organic compounds)” labels. If you happen to be curious about how to make your own supplies, you can research on the internet. You will be surprised to know the ingredients in your kitchen, such as white vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice, make excellent cleaning solvents. In another breath, take steps to store cleaning agents away from pets or children. If you live with children and you think a dog is right for your family, you have even more responsibility to keep protecting them from danger.
- Change your dish sponge very often!
Did you know your dishwashing sponge is the perfect habitat for bacteria growth? It is always moist, has food particles in its crevices, and is stored in warm places (the kitchen!). When you’re done reading this, you may never see your dish sponge the same way again. Perhaps, you’re already thinking about the last time you changed it. In your bid to clean your cutlery and dishes, you just may be introducing more germs. That is if you haven’t changed your sponge in ages. The dishwashing sponge is a bacteria haven, so change it regularly. You could make a decision to change it once a fortnight or every month, but the keyword here is “often.”