Just before 2016 ended, I read a significant number of articles that this New Year is going to be all about reconnecting with the most important aspects of our well-being – Health and Happiness. We are finally ready to embrace what truly matters. Families are reading the food labels carefully, clutter is being busted in homes and our lives, and we are making conscious efforts to step away from all that holds us back from realizing the full potential of our lives. It’s a beautiful Life Trend; it should become a permanent lifestyle. Just reading about it gave me joy.
It’s time to walk the talk, and chalk out some resolutions for bringing in health and happiness into our everyday living. In my case, it all begins at home. Our homes are a reflection of who we are. How we live within the walls of our houses has a tremendous influence on our outlook, productivity and even mood. Just a few changes can improve the health of your home and everyone in it. I have listed down a few simple resolutions for the new year that will help you create a happy and healthy environment at home.
Maintain A Healthy Level Of Humidity
– Keep humidity levels low by using exhaust fans in the bathrooms and a dehumidifier in your basement to prevent mold growth.
– Remove any water-damaged carpet and furniture promptly.
– Dust mites and mold love moisture. A dehumidifier (and air conditioner during summer months) helps reduce moisture in indoor air and controls allergens.
– Use an exhaust fan or crack open a window when cooking, running the dishwasher, or bathing.
– Don’t overwater houseplants.
– Fix leaky plumbing to prevent moisture-loving mold.
– Regularly empty the drip pans in your window air conditioner and dehumidifier.
– Ensure that your home’s external walls, roof, water-tank and basement are properly waterproofed to prevent unhealthy humidity and mold build-up.
Keep Your Home Free Of Invisible Dust And Allergens
Wall-to-wall carpeting is a big culprit when it comes to dust and allergens. If possible, replace it with tile, or non-vinyl linoleum flooring. If that’s not economically feasible, vacuum frequently — meticulously getting into corners, and moving furniture to get those hidden dust particles.
Clean the vacuum bag and filter every time, so dust doesn’t find its way back into the air.
Minimize The Use Of Toxic Pesticides
– Pesticides used for mice, cockroaches, ants and other pests can contaminate the air your family breathes in. If you must use pesticides, choose gels or baits instead of sprays.
– Practice prevention to keep the cockroaches away – don’t let the dishes pile up, clean up all food residue, keep food packages and containers tightly closed, and seal any cracks that are a point of entry into your home.
Turn To Green Cleaning Solutions
– Use mild cleaning solutions instead of bleach, baking soda to scrub your tiles and to remove stains. Vinegar removes grease and soap buildup.
– Use diluted lemon juice or vinegar to clean windows. Use borax to inhibit mold growth, boost the cleaning power of soap or detergent, remove stains — even kill cockroaches, when mixed in sugar.
– Switch to mild cleaners that don’t include artificial fragrances.
– Use sliced lemons and baking soda to get a clean scent in the kitchen.
Bring Nature Indoors
It’s official – Greenery is the Pantone Colour of the Year! Plants can make any room prettier. And healthier. Indoor plants act as living air purifiers – they absorb chemical pollutants to make your home’s air cleaner. It’s a win-win.