Tips for creating a healthy home environment
I don't know about you, but long before Covid-19 hit, I was a clean freak. If someone got a sniffle, I was sanitizing the whole house, wiping down every surface, light fixture, door knob, etc. So, not much has changed for me!! However, there are some things I don't do as well as I should. While researching, I found these tips that may help keep your home healthy and looking good too!!
My sister is an "oiler" and has an oil for everyone. While there are times that I make fun of that, I do love some essential oils. I like to clean with Thieves, diffuse with Purification, Lavender and Lemon. I also swear by these when not feeling well. I have gone to bed with Thieves on my chest, Peace and Calming on my feet, M-grain on my temples. Recently, my friends baby was very congested, R.C. to the rescue. Oils aren't for everyone but I do like them in my home.
While we are all working to protect the environment and preserve our world for future generations, it's important to remember that we need to prioritize our own healthy homes as well. When you create a sustainable and peaceful living space, you will enjoy both mental and physical health benefits. From prioritizing energy efficiency to reducing the clutter in your home, you will find that there are many ways that you create a healthy home environment. These are a few tips to consider:
Get a Houseplant or Two
One of the best ways to improve the indoor environment of your home is to bring the outside in with you. Houseplants can help add natural beauty to your interior design while simultaneously cleaning the air inside your home. In addition to helping improve the air quality in your home, houseplants have been found to offer significant mental health benefits. People find it very rewarding to take care of their plants and watch them grow. If you need something that doesn't require much love, get a philodendron, they don't die!!
Reduce the Amount of Stuff in Your Home and Get Organized
One of the easiest ways to create a healthier home environment is to begin organizing each room of your home. Take the time to reduce the amount of items that you have in any given room and recycle or donate unwanted goods. Once you have removed all unwanted items, you can start to organize each space. This will allow you to feel less stressed inside your own home.
Plant a Garden in Your Yard
Growing your own fruits and vegetables will decrease your reliance on grocery store products that are shipped around the world. In addition, it will give you immediate access to some of the healthiest foods that you can enjoy - not to mention many people absolutely love gardening as a hobby. Also, you can grow herbs inside your home, no matter what your climate is. These will add a nice "spice" to any meal.
Prioritize Natural Light in Your Home
Natural sunlight will help keep the air inside your home clean while also offering you the boost of vitamin D that you need in order to feel happy and healthy. Open your blinds and drapes whenever possible, and clean your windows regularly to allow as much light as possible into your home.
Create a Cleaning Schedule to Reduce Indoor Pollutants
Once you have organized your home, you will want to keep it clean. Many people have success by creating a cleaning schedule that is easy to stick to. Surface cleaning will reduce the number of indoor pollutants in your home - but don't forget to use all-natural or eco-friendly cleaning products. Also, don't forget to clean your blinds, baseboards and ceiling fans regularly. They collect a lot of dust! Getting a robot vacuum may also reduce your stress. This was one of the best purchases I have made. Even if you forget to turn it on, there is an app for that!!
Healthy homes are happy homes.