Keeping your home clean and tidy isn’t just for comfort; it impacts your health and safety. Dirt, germs, and pollutants can trigger allergies, negatively affect your immune system, and even lead to chronic diseases.
Keeping your home happy and healthy requires a few simple upgrades and habits. The result, according to home valuation expert Property Solvers: “will always have a positive effect on your property’s worth.” Here are eight tips for a healthier, cleaner home.
Swap Out Chemical Cleaning Products
One of the simple things you can do to keep your home clean is to swap out chemical-based cleaning supplies for natural alternatives. Many chemicals used in cleaning products are more harmful than the pollutants and toxins that naturally find their way into your home. Alternatively, natural cleaning products are effective at cleaning without exposing you and your family to harmful vapors.
Use VOC-Free Paint
VOC-free paints (sometimes called non-VOC paints) are made without Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Paints with VOCs have that strong paint smell that lingers long after the paint has dried on your walls and furniture. Unfortunately, it can take several years for these vapors to completely disperse, which impacts the air quality of your home.
If your home isn’t overdue for a paint job, don’t worry about running out to get VOC-free paint. However, keep this in mind when you do decide to redecorate.
Decorate With Living Plants
Living plants are a fan-favorite among interior designers, both for their natural beauty and ability to improve air quality. Various indoor plants help remove toxins and pollutants from the air. Fortunately, many of them are low-maintenance and easy to care for.
Some of the best indoor plants for improving air quality include:
- Snake plants
- English ivy
- Peace Lily
When looking for indoor plants, be sure to check whether they’re toxic to pets before bringing them into your home.
Minimizing clutter helps reduce dust mites, rodents, and pests, while also contributing to better mental health. Take some time to go through your belongings to discard things that no longer serve you. Sort everything else into categories, and purchase storage solutions based on the items (not the other way).
Set aside 10 to 15 minutes per day to clean and declutter. It can be helpful to build this into a routine and set a timer to get the job done.
Create A Dusting Schedule
Dust mites contribute to poor air quality and the exacerbation of allergies. Yet, dusting tends to be the chore that gets neglected the most. Set a timer or schedule to dust at least once per week, using natural cleaning products.
Prioritize Moisture Control
Excess moisture in the home will contribute to the development of mold and other harmful irritants. Practicing proper moisture control — particularly in the bathroom and kitchen — will help keep your home clean and healthy for all.
Consider using a dehumidifier in areas where moisture accumulates. Turn on a fan whenever you cook or take a shower. Keeping your gutters free of debris can also help prevent leaks and mold inside, particularly in the attic.
Schedule An Annual HVAC Checkup
If your HVAC system isn’t functioning properly, your air quality is at risk. Schedule an annual checkup and maintenance appointment to ensure your HVAC system is fully functional and that vents and filters are clean. These annual appointments are well worth the investment, as they not only keep your home healthy and clean but also extend the lifespan of your HVAC system.
Periodically Open The Windows
Opening windows and letting the fresh air flow in can help improve the air quality of your home, particularly in the winter. Keep an eye out for nicer winter days, turn off the heat temporarily, and leave the windows open for a short time.
With these simple tips, you can keep your home clean and healthy for years to come.