Simple Tips to Help You Improve Your Health at Home

Monday, March 21, 2016

Our homes are where we feel safe and secure. But even homes that are set up to be healthy may not be as healthy as they can be and that your own health could actually be in jeopardy. So how can you tell if your home is as healthy as you want it to be? I’ve got some ideas for a few minor changes that can make a big difference.

The water in your home is essential for drinking, cooking and bathing. The main supply often pipes hard water into your home. Over time, a scale can form on your taps and faucets. Your dishwasher and washing machine can become clogged and may malfunction which may result to a very expensive repair bill.

Then there’s the water you use in the shower. It falls on your hair and your skin. Hard water can cause problems with sensitive skin.

The answer for hard water is to install a water softener. This can help prevent residue build up on your skin and hair that can cause discomfort to your skin. You can find water softener reviews online to help you make an informed choice about which one to get. You can also find water filters to remove excess elements from the drinking water tap. Healthy water inside means you can stay healthy outside as well.

Mold is very common in some houses. Caused by damp and moisture that can sit on the walls or ceiling can form harmful mold spores. Inhaling these can be quite hazardous to your health. The most common places for them to appear is in the bathroom and the kitchen areas. Steam from bathing and cooking can moisten the paint and plasterwork of the walls. You might not even be able to see the problems behind kitchen cupboards.

A special mold spray that contains bleach usually gets rid of this. Be sure to use the right paints for the walls of high humidity rooms. The ceiling should also be coated. Make sure your roof isn’t leaking rainwater, and that all your plumbing is secure. Dampness from leaks can also cause harmful mold.

When it comes to handling food, it is so important to keep your hands germ free and clean. Regular hand washing can help avoid all kinds of nasty tummy upsets. But when we wipe our hands on the dishcloths or towels this can transfer harmful bacteria, too. Wash these items in a boil wash if you can. Ironing them also helps to ensure there are no germs. It’s best to wash them as often as possible. Bath towels can also harbor nasties. After all, dry, dead skin cells often sit on the towel after we’ve dried ourselves. It’s best not to share towels. It’s always a good habit to use clean towels as often as possible.

Natural light and fresh air outside are important to our health. It’s a good idea to let both into your home for a few hours each day. Open the drapes wide and leave the windows open for a while.

Stay healthy at home everyone! Until next time.

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