Everyone knows that health is wealth. Getting sick is no fun not just for your body but also for your wallet. And with the ongoing pandemic, it’s even more crucial to take extra steps in staying healthy and disease-free.
The first line of defense is to keep germs at bay by ensuring your home is extra sanitary. Doing so helps prevent and mitigate bacteria, viruses, and other pests from breeding in your space. It will also give you peace of mind knowing you’ve taken measures to keep your family safe.
Fortunately, all it takes are a few brushes and disinfectants to rid your home of stubborn viruses. Follow these tips to keep your living spaces clean and safe 24/7.
Disinfect all household surfaces and items
Viruses can cling to surfaces for days. That’s why it’s critical to clean every nook and cranny of your home.
Commonly touched items or surfaces including doorknobs, faucets, flush handles, light switches, and furniture must be wiped down using soap, water, and a clean and wet cloth.
For bathrooms and kitchens, use bleach to clean stubborn surfaces. Sanitize all kitchen countertops after you cook. This will kill food bacteria and discourage insects from feasting on any food particles left on the counter.
Change mops and cleaning brushes regularly as dirty ones can encourage bacteria growth. Keep your bathroom chemical-free by disinfecting it with a vinegar, lemon, baking soda, and soap solution.
Improve air quality
The invisible and odorless radon gas is one of the most dangerous problems in homes. Its radioactive particles can damage lung tissue and cause cancer.
Radon is a natural byproduct of radium and uranium in soil and rocks. It’s released in the atmosphere and can enter your home through cracks in floors or walls, or gaps in foundations around wires and pipes. Radon usually thrives in basements, slabs, or crawl spaces.
Because you can neither see, taste, nor smell it, conducting a radon test in your home is imperative. Don’t wait before it accumulates and endangers your entire family.
Installing air purifiers and air filtration systems can bring in fresh air when you can’t open windows. Adding a few indoor plants can also improve air quality and brighten up your space.
Keep your home allergen-free especially if you have family members who suffer from asthma and dust sensitivity.
Dust and allergens can trigger psoriasis and eczema. Frequent flare-ups can weaken your immune system and make you uncomfortable.
Keep your bedroom free of dust mites, and pet dander by vacuuming mattresses and carpets regularly. Wash your beddings in hot water once a week, too. Steam linens, blankets, and throw pillows and keep curtains up off dusty floors. You can also use zippered plastic pillow covers and mattresses for extra protection.
Inhaling or touching mold can lead to runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, and skin rash. Remove mold or mildew around sinks, tubs, and other moist places in the house using caulk or a solution made of bleach, water, and mildew killer.
The process of staying healthy starts at home. With a few precautions, you can protect not just your home’s integrity, but also your family’s health and well-being.