Ready to make your house healthier for your kids, friends, and spouse? Don’t worry; this list doesn’t contain any big remodeling projects and lengthy chores that involve lots of backbreaking work.
Instead, here are some simple, little things you can change up in your daily routine; choices that will make your home a better place. Yes, some might eat up a bit of time or require a small financial investment, but nothing here will snap your budget or require a manual.
So improve your digs with the following seven easy ideas.
1. Clean the remote(s)
Okay, stick with us. This may sound weird, but consider how often a remote is handled, thrown, pawed, licked, and chewed on by various members of your household — none of whom likely cleans their hands.
Add in all those cracks and pockets created by the buttons, and you have one of the greatest bacteria carriers in the house. To keep your family healthy, clean the remote (or remotes, if you have several)!
The same is true of those other objects around your home that are frequently handled but never really cleaned. Of course, you could always use one of those remote apps on your phone…
2. Take off your shoes
Do you wear shoes around the house? Stop it. Especially stop it if you have rugs or carpets.
Your shoes are filled with dirt, grime, and bacteria, and you and your friends and family are tracking it everywhere. You can make your house much, much cleaner just by taking off your shoes at the door and requesting that everyone else do the same.
If you’re worried that your feet might smell bad,
3. Remove sources of moisture
Moisture is bad news for all houses and the materials they contain. It encourages mold, rot, pest damage, and all sorts of unpleasant things.
So if you see a leak or think you may have a moisture problem in your vents, attic, or crawlspace … get it taken care of, pronto. The cost to fix it now will be far less than the cost to repair all the future damage.
4. Rearrange your furniture
Yes, this is a worthwhile task! It will make your house more interesting, enable you to experiment with furniture placement and interior design ideas, and give you a chance to clean all those dusty places you probably never have time to get to during a normal cleaning.
Plus, you may even find that toy or book that you lost months ago.
5. Open your curtains
Don’t leave your curtains closed; open them during the day! The same UV rays that tan your skin will also kill spores, bacteria, and various germs in the air. A sunlit home is a healthier home.
6. Use homemade cleaning products
Stop using industrial-strength cleaners and switch to homemade products with baking soda, vinegar, and other handy items. If you don’t like the results, you can switch back, but these homemade versions are cheaper, less harmful, and may even work better than what you’re using right now.
7. Add plants to your rooms
Plants absorb CO-2 and release oxygen, so they’re excellent for clearing up stuffy rooms! Just avoid over-watering them and creating potential mold problems.