7 Ways to Make Your Home a Healthier (and Happier) Place

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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,

then you already have another way to make your home healthier, and we aren’t even at idea number three yet.

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.



  1. Twitter:
    I do all of these things, except move my furniture around. I think spring may be time for some redecorating!

    I am huge on handwashing – HUGE! So, I would have to add, make it easy for yourself and guests to wash their hands at all times. Install touch-less soap dispensers by all sinks, and don’t give anyone an excuse not to wash hands. It’s so easy, but so many people just won’t wash their hands. Then they get sick and wonder why!
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  2. Well keeping some plants in the room really improves the ambience of the room by making us feel fresh the green colour of the plants add a touch of excellence.

  3. Twitter:
    I like this advice, some of the things we already do like take the shoes off and open the curtains.
    We could do with a mix around with the future though, its long over due.
    Would be nice to wash the controls IF i can get them off the kids lol
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  4. Twitter:
    Nice tips bro, Adding plants to the room is really great which makes environment pleasure. Thanks for your article.
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  5. Twitter:
    Great post Jeff, what i tend to do with my remotes is to scotch-tape a sandwich tightly around them (like a gift wrapped present); it’s a great way to keep them clean – just change the bag once a month.
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  6. Twitter:
    In one article, I previously read that television remote is the dirtiest part of hotels, even more dirty than toilet of hotel rooms.
    So, keep your remote clean to be healthy :)
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  7. Twitter:
    Hi Jeff, I do most of these things.
    I like your Environment-friendly idea which you mentioned in the last point.
    I have some plants in my building roof.
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  8. Hi Jeff!
    Really interesting article. I especially like that part about cleaning you television remotes. This is something that is often over-looked and it’s pretty dirty when you really think about it. My favorite tip is adding plants to your room. Besides the oxygen benefit, it also makes you feel happier.
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  9. Creating a healthy and happy atmosphere makes a big difference in how our kids will grow up and treat other people outside of their own home. I believe a child’s behaviour outside reflects on how he grows up inside his own home.
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  10. Twitter:
    An important one that we practice in my house often is to open all of the windows fully (take out any screens). This lets a lot of the dust and any other things in the air to leave your house fully. I read somewhere that keeping the screens in allows some of the stuff to leave your house, but keeps a large majority in, just to be stirred back up when you go to close the window or reopen it later on. Enjoy your cleaner air :-).

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  11. Hey Jeff,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing these important tips with us. If the place where we work or live is more happier and healthier, more we can focus in our work. first point you mentioned above is the most important and I think many people used their remotes without cleaning their hands. I will keep in mind these points.
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  12. Amanda Ridler says:

    Being a house cleaning fanatic; even I was amazed at what was found when I last rearranged my furniture! Even the most cleaning obsessed among us or the best maid services out there don’t often get around to moving 300lb couches; I recommend furniture rearrangement every 6 months or so. Also taking off the shoes at the door is a must (I had this ingrained into me growing up, so it’s second nature to me)! Great article Jeff!

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