Top tips to make your home a healthier place

The home is a warm and inviting haven for the family, but there are lots of dangers lurking around that could compromise the health of those who live there. Minimise the risks and make your home a healthier place by following these common sense tips.

Banish harsh chemicals

Chemicals in cleaning products and washing powders can be harmful to the health of your family. Harsh chemicals may be responsible for causing allergens and irritation to the skin, so instead opt for more natural alternatives. Lemon juice, vinegar and baking soda are all known to be effective cleaning agents that are chemical free. If, however, you do use any chemical products, such as lotions, nail varnish and sprays, always make sure that they are safely locked away in cupboards that can’t be accessed by small hands. I try to do this where possible. My skin is so sensitive to chemicals, I am even allergic to some washing powders.

Ditch carpets

No matter how often you clean your carpets at home, they are thought to be breeding grounds for dust mites and other allergens. If you are thinking of upgrading your flooring, consider switching carpets for wooden or laminate flooring instead. These are easy to clean and less likely to harbour allergen-causing irritants in the same way that carpets can. If it is not feasible to change your carpets, at least invest in a high-tech vacuum cleaner that offers maximum suction and cleaning power.I love my wooden floors, they are easy to clean and I get to use my steam mop. I do however like a bedroom to have carpet, it makes it feel a little more snug.

Say goodbye to germs and bacteria

We can’t see them, but bugs, germs and harmful bacteria are happy to share our households with us and infect us if we come into contact with them. Whilst you can’t eliminate all contact with virus-causing agents, there are plenty of things you can do to slash your risks. If you use a sponge in the kitchen, get into the habit of replacing it every week. Kitchen sponges are breeding grounds for bacteria, and are susceptible for coming into contact with food-borne bugs, which can be particularly dangerous to health. Change your toothbrush fairly regularly, too, as these make great homes for bugs. Regularly clean door handles and taps, as germs congregate at these places.

Get a dehumidifier

A dehumidifier may be one of the best investments you could make for a healthy home. It draws excess moisture from the atmosphere, reducing the occurrence of mould, mildew and even dust mites. These are well-known allergens that can cause a range of health problems, including breathing difficulties and irritation to the skin. A dehumidifier also eliminates musty smells and banishes damp from furniture and clothing, whilst even helping to keep food items fresher for longer.

We invested in a dehumidifier a few years ago and I have to say it is brilliant. My children have hayfever and have asthma so the more pollen & dust I can get out of the atmosphere the better. I think every home should have a dehumidifier.

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