How is the air quality in your home? Fact: The average American home contains over 500 synthetic chemicals, many of which we cannot see, taste, or smell. And while the vast majority of these chemicals are undetectable, they are present in the air we breathe, which prevents its own set of health problems. In fact, the EPA reported that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air. Thankfully, there is help! Detox your home with the following five steps; which should be among the first you take.
#1. House Plants: There are many health benefits to being near plants. Studies have shown us time and again that live plants help us to stay healthy, have fewer headaches, feel less fatigued, have fewer allergy symptoms, recover faster, feel less stressed, feel happier, and be more productive and creative. The key is to place houseplants in each and every one of your rooms. The best houseplants to use, include:
- Boston Fern
- Bamboo Palm
- Kimberly Queen Fern
- Peace Lily
- Gerbera Daisy
- Areca Palm
- English Ivy
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Florist’s Mum
#2. Shoes Off: Research has shown that toxins, such as: coal tar and herbicides, can easily get tracked into your house on your shoes. They’re also a hot spot for harmful bacteria, including E.coli. Slipping your sneakers, heels, or sandals off as soon as you walk through the front door is a step you shouldn’t skip. Make “No shoes in the house!” a rule and stick to it.
#3. Go Green: Products with unfamiliar ingredients often have negative effects on our health – period. You can easily avoid ill health effects by purchasing cleaning products with ingredients you know like citrus oil, vinegar, beeswax, cleaning salt, coconut oil, baking soda and essential oils like lavender and rosemary, or make your own. There are plenty of DIY cleaning solution recipes to be found on Pinterest. Not only are these products better for your health, and safe to use around kids and pets, they’re also good for the environment.
#4. Vacuum Regularly: When you vacuum, you’re not simply cleaning your house for appearance’s sake, you’re also safeguarding the your and your family’s health. Regular and through vacuuming using a HEPA filter is a must. A HEPA filter does a good job of containing the finest particles of dirt. We recommend vacuuming your carpets and area rugs at least two times a week.
#5. Tile, Stone & Grout Cleaning: Grout, which is a porous material, collects dirt, grime, spills, and often bacteria. Regular mopping and spot cleaning doesn’t reach the dirt hidden in the nooks and crannies of your grout. Professional tile, stone and grout cleaning; however, is essential for good health. This service will also make you floors appear like they’re new.
And if all else fails, you can enlist us to help with your carpet cleaning needs. Find out more here!
Here’s to healthy homes!