Keep Your House Up to Speed to Stay Healthy
By Sandy Schroeder
As we move into fall and winter, most of us make an extra effort to stay well, but there may be some key spots at home that can undermine our efforts. Lifehack advises checking these tools and targets.
Carefully choose and use cleaning products – Consider using natural cleaners such as vinegar and lemons when it works to avoid harsh chemicals. Whenever you use other cleaning products, read the label and instructions, wear rubber gloves, open the windows, and consider adding water to reduce the impact. Keep all cleaners safely out of reach of children and pets.
Keep your vacuum up to speed - Dirty vacuum filters can house microbes and bacteria, spewing them into your house. Clean filters regularly. Open the windows when you vacuum, and consider using a HEPA air filter to get rid of 99 percent of the particles in the air.
Keep your fridge fresh – Wash all fruits and vegetables before you put them in the fridge. Regularly clean vegetable drawers and shelves with baking soda and warm water, and wipe up spills to avoid mold. Toss aging leftovers.
Blend safely – Take your blender apart after each use. If possible, put everything into the dishwasher, including the lid and glass container. Put small parts into a net bag. Or wash by hand, rinse and dry before putting away.
Do pet patrols – Pet dander can trigger allergies and sneezes. Get out in front of the problem with frequent vacuuming and dusting. Also, consider choosing slick surfaces such as leather and vinyl for furniture, and ceramic tile in place of carpet. You can also follow up with regular pet baths, and run an air filter, which will serve to provide white noise for better sleeping, too.
Monitor mold – Excess moisture can trigger mold on interior surfaces. As homes are sealed to conserve energy, mold has more chances to grow, causing reactions in 1 out of every 3 people, and triggering asthma flare ups. If you spot mold with peeling, water spots, or coloring, get a free estimate from a professional cleaner to determine the extent of the problem, and consider having the cleaning done.
All of these home targets take work, but they could keep your family healthier all year long. To get everything done, assign some of the tasks to family members, like dusting, washing fruits and vegetables, or washing the dog.
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