Our humble abode, a place that provides us with comfort and relaxation is more complex than we realize. It’s just a home, right? Surely there couldn’t be too much to it. Providing us with a fantastic place to live doesn’t come easy. We’re constantly trying to maintain a certain level of style and ease. Because we’re in the home at least for a third of the day, we’re bound to make it a little messy. Little by little, the space in which you live becomes a little unhealthy. It’s only natural for a small living space to become covered in dead skin cells, mold, dirt, debris and be challenged from outside causes. Over time, if left unchecked our homes can begin to impact our health.
Hidden in plain sight
Do you clean your rugs and carpet? That’s probably a silly question because of course, you do. These are things in our homes that we use all the time and we’re in direct contact with them. When visually confirm when they are dirty and get out of the cleaning equipment. But what about the parts of your home that are hidden in plain sight? Your curtains, for example, are like moths to a flame for dust particles. Dust is a mixture of human and animal cells such as dead skin and hair, as well as pollen, textile, and paper fibers to name a few. These particles are so fine, they float around in the air. Curtains grab a hold of them and amalgamate them into one zone. This creates a breathing concern as dust mites flock to the area. In order to keep this at bay, vacuum your curtains just as the same as you would your carpet.
Cloudy and chemically
When you pour yourself a glass of water, can you see an opaque substance swirling around? Can you see, what looks like tiny particles that eventually evaporate? Does the color of your water remain a slightly milky shade? Chances are you have poor drinking water quality, which is definitely going to take its toll on your health over time. Installing a drinking water treatment will purify the water arriving at your home through the outdoor piping and clean it before it ever reaches your taps. Even if the water company is doing it’s best, organic contaminants like bacteria and sediment will somehow get through their filter system. Having another filter system fitted to your home will provide a second protective barrier against these particles. Taking a more serious approach to your drinking water is a small yet significant change to your home and health.
Mud and crud
Your welcome mat provides a great pitstop for your shoes. It clears the soles and wipes away the mud so you don’t stain your carpet. Over time the build-up of mud will turn it into crud. It becomes a black substance that is filled with bacteria and gives off a foul flat stench. Make sure you give your welcome mat a good pounding with a hard bristle brush, every time you clean your home.
Curtains are like a magnet for dust. Stop dust mites from escaping, by using a nozzle gadget to clean your curtains each time you vacuum the house.
What hidden health hazards do you keep an eye on? What is your best house cleaning tip or trick? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!