Spring cleaning isn’t just about putting your house in order and making it look nice. It’s important to make sure that you are also taking steps to keep your home healthy and germ-free. Follow these simple steps to keep your home clean and healthy this spring:
Pick your household cleaning products carefully. There are several ways to ensure the cleaning products you use promote a healthy environment. Go green and opt for products free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which can irritate eyes and throat and cause headaches and dizziness. Some VOC-free products include Clorox Green Works Multi-Surface Cleaner and Sustainable Earth by Staples Glass Cleaner.
When purchasing products with strong fumes, don’t go for bulk. Buy small quantities so that you don’t have to store half-used containers. Even closed, they can emit noxious fumes.
Make your bedroom more sleep-friendly. Getting the right amount of sleep – at least 7 hours – is a huge factor in your health. Make it easier for yourself to sleep through the night. Is your mattress older than 8 years? Do you often wake up stiff and sore? It may be time to get a new one.
Also try keeping your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet. The ideal room temperature for sleep is between 68° F and 70° F. If you find that lights from outside keep you up, try blackout curtains or wearing an eyeshade. You can also use a white-noise machine or inexpensive drugstore earplugs to block noise.
Allergy-proof your home. If you’re allergic to your pets, be sure to keep them out of your bedroom. Use anti-allergy coverings on your pillows and mattress. Pests like rodents and insects can be a source of allergens, so keep them out of your home. Eliminate their food and water sources, and if things get bad enough, call in a professional.
Keep dust levels low. Dust furniture and other surfaces often. Household dust can contain particles such as flame retardants and phthalates, which have been linked to asthma and cancer.
Mop and vacuum regularly. If you have allergies or asthma, consider using a vacuum with a high-efficiency filter. Air purifiers are also helpful, but be sure it’s big enough for the room you place it in.
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