Our homes are our sanctuaries, the only place where we can be ourselves, sit back and relax without worrying about the problems of the outside world. However, even the safest place in our lives hides dangers, which can influence our health in a detrimental way. Dust mites, dirt, pests, various allergens, they are all things, which can make us sick and prevent us from living our lives to the fullest. By keeping our homes clean and properly disinfected, we can limit most of the biggest dangers and maintain a better overall health. Here are a few tips to follow:
Keep your cooking area sanitary. Many people don’t pay enough attention to the kitchen. They clean it, but they underestimate the power of kitchen contaminants. Food is the biggest one – raw meat and vegetables carry bacteria, which can contaminate nearby items. This is why all the foods need to be stored in separate containers inside the fridge, and when you cook, you should remove all unnecessary items from the countertop first. Also, disinfect the area before and after cooking, and wash your hands in between handling different types of food, especially meat and vegetables. The kitchen sink and garbage disposal are also a breeding ground for bacteria, they need to be fully disinfected at least twice a week, because otherwise the bacteria there can contaminate everything around. Also, supplies like sponges, cloths and brushes need to be changed regularly, every month if possible.
Disinfect the toilet properly. The toilet harbors a few types of bacteria and contaminants, which can make you seriously ill upon contact. Use a disinfectant once a week, as well as disinfectant tablets – they will ensure that your toilet is cleaned with each flush. Once a month you need to remove all the water from the toilet bowl, get a strong detergent and a brush, and scrub out every part of it thoroughly, starting from under the rim, which is the most underestimated part. Most toilet cleaners should stay for at least 30 minutes before flushing, so they can remove dirt, lime scale, and fungi more effectively.
Clean up the trash regularly. Do not leave the trash to pile up around the house. In the evenings, gather all the junk from the house, and place it in a solid trash can with a lid, which will stop the bad smells and the spread of bacteria into the air. You’ll need trash cans in your bathroom, kitchen and bedroom. Take the trash out as soon as the bins are filled, and make sure all your waste containers are pest-proof. Remember to recycle and keep the organic and non-organic trash apart, to protect the environment and prevent contamination.
Create a good cleaning routine. A good and regular cleaning routine will help you maintain a better health. In order to limit the bacteria in your home, you’ll need to clean all the surfaces, dust and polish the furniture, mop and vacuum the floors, and scrub all the sinks, showers, door knobs and other amenities around the house at least once a week. Appliances like ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and fridges need to be emptied and fully sanitised at least once a month. Twice a year, you should take care of things like the gutters and ducts, which are good nesting spots for pests and vermin. Also, don’t allow anyone to walk through the house with their shoes on, bringing outdoor dirt inside makes your efforts pointless.
Purify the air for less germs. The poor indoor air quality is the main cause for various respiratory issues and allergies. If you let the germs in the air multiply, you put your whole family at risk of health problems. Except for regular cleaning, the proper ventilation of the house is also pivotal. Open the windows every day to ventilate the space, even if it’s cold. In addition, sunlight is a natural bacteria killer, so make sure that your rooms get a lot of it. Avoid big and heavy curtains on windows, because they gather a lot of dust and harmful elements. You can also get an air purifier from the nearest convenience store – it will help clear the air, your sinuses, and it will spread a fresh smell of menthol or eucalyptus around the house.
Avoid using harsh chemicals. Sometimes the cleaning detergents themselves can harm your health, because they contain many strong chemicals, which can burn your skin, cause nausea, eye and nose irritations, and a lot more. This is why many people lately prefer to replace the store bought detergents with some natural alternatives, like lemon juice, baking soda, white vinegar and cornstarch.
Jane Wilson is a mom, a blogger and the marketing and social manager of Fantastic Cleaners Melbourne – a licensed cleaning contractor, which provides all kinds of services for homes, offices and commercial buildings. She is also a big fan of the healthy and nature friendly way of life; she often prepares her own cleaning solutions and likes to recycle.