Adopt Good Cleaning Practices
Keeping our homes clean has become ever more apparent during the coronavirus pandemic. Viruses and bacteria can thrive in many hot spots throughout your home, so make sure you tackle germs before harming your family. Fortunately, you don’t have to use toxic chemicals to kill germs. Safe household cleaners like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and tea tree oil can be used in place of harsh chemical products like Lysol. Home-made cleaning solutions of at least 70% alcohol can also be effective for killing pathogens—including the coronavirus!
Install a Water Filter Clean drinking water is vital to maintaining good health. But tap water can contain harmful contaminants like lead, arsenic, atrazine, nitrates, and chlorine by-products. While tap water is safe to drink in most areas of the United States, many cities and small towns still struggle to provide clean drinking water to residents. TakePart recommends checking with your water company to learn about any contaminants present in your water, or you can do a simple search by entering your zip code. If your water contains pollutants or impurities, consider installing a water filtration system in your home to protect your family. Remember to keep extra filters on hand to never run out of clean water!
Reduce Indoor Air Pollution Your indoor air can also contain pollutants with serious health consequences. Believe it or not, air fresheners make the problem worse by releasing more chemicals into your atmosphere. Fortunately, there are several ways to improve your indoor air quality. Treehugger recommends opening your windows, investing in an air purifier, tackling mold issues, purchasing a few houseplants that filter the air, and opting for essential oil diffusers over air freshener sprays.
Check for Potential Safety Hazards If you recently purchased your home or plan on buying one soon, make sure you check for safety hazards. Lead, radon, asbestos, mold, electrical issues, and carbon monoxide can have disastrous and even deadly consequences. Test your home for these hazards and fix any problems immediately. If you’re buying a home, make sure you insist on a home inspection so you can catch these problems before closing your sale and moving in with your family.
Secure Against Intruders
Not all home hazards come from within the home. Criminals always pose a threat to homeowners, especially those without a sound security system. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to stop burglars from lurking around your property or breaking into your home. Take a look around your home exterior and check for easy-access points like low windows or tall shrubs where someone could hide. If burglars can spot valuables by looking into your windows, consider hanging curtains obstructing their view. It’s also good to install plenty of outdoor lights to prevent unwanted visitors from sneaking around at night. Finally, install a sound security system complete with motion sensors and video surveillance.
While household hazards can be scary, it’s important not to let these threats stop you from enjoying your home. If you're worried about something, whether it’s germs lurking in your kitchen or potential toxins in your water, don’t hesitate to take action! You can do several things to make your home healthier and safer for the whole family.
Author: Katie Conroy