Our homes are our sanctuaries; we always look forward to coming home and relaxing after a long day. We are able to relax completely because we know that we are safe and well-protected from the dangers of the ‘outside world’. However, sometimes there are different threats and dangers lurking in the comfort of our own homes because we have become reckless and stopped paying attention to details. Here’s how you can make your interiors even healthier so you and your family are safe.
Clean your carpets
Carpets are a great way to decorate our homes and, at the same time, make sure our feet are nice and warm. Still, because your feet are never actually 100% clean, your carpets end up collecting dirt and bacteria over time. When you walk inside, you bring dust, allergens, and bacteria on the soles of your shoes (and your pet brings some on their paws as well), which is why it’s a good idea to get a high-quality vacuum cleaner and wash your carpets regularly. If you notice a stain, treat it immediately – blot the spills and afterwards vacuum the place to remove any moisture as it can lead to mold and bacteria problems.
Sanitize your countertops
Cooking can be exhausting, which is why it’s easy to leave the cleaning for later. On the other hand, if you take just a bit more time and thoroughly clean the countertop and other kitchen surfaces after you’ve prepared the meal, you will do a great job eliminating food bacteria. Not just that, but disinfected and clean kitchen surfaces also mean there won’t be insects around, especially roaches, because there won’t be any food. Keep your trash in a container with a lid to prevent insects from getting in, and always wipe down countertops with soap and water. You can also put a teaspoon of chlorine bleach in a quart of water and use the mixture to disinfect the surface afterwards.
Make your own cleaning solution
If you’re not a fan of harsh chemicals and would like to avoid using them in your home, you can always make your own non-toxic cleaning solution for the entire home. There are many simple ingredients you can use as substitutions for store-bought cleaning products, but the most common ones include white vinegar, lemon, baking soda, borax, and cornstarch. These ingredients are safe to use in kitchens, bathrooms, hallways, living rooms, as well as in nurseries, and you will not have to fear your children or pets being exposed to harsh or toxic chemicals too.
Get rid of mold
If there is moisture, there is also mold, so no matter how clean your home might be, there is also a chance that you have at least some mold flying around in the air. There are people who aren’t sensitive to mold at all, so they wouldn’t notice a small amount in the basement or bathroom, but there are also those who are not only highly sensitive but also allergic. Mold can cause skin and eye irritation, coughing, and throat irritation, and people who have weaker immune systems may get serious health problems too. The best way to get rid of mold is to thoroughly ventilate your bathroom and cooking area, get an air purifier for mold, and fix any leaks in pipes, windows, and roof.
Even if you think your home is completely safe and your family is well protected, there can always be those seemingly insignificant dangers which can cause health problems for you and those you love. Being paranoid and having a sterile home isn’t the answer, but being careful and on guard is a great way to ensure your home and people living in it are healthy.