Healthy Home Tips for the Best Indoor Environment

Healthy Home – Healthy Family

A healthy home is a must for healthy living. Here are some tips to help keep your home and family healthy.

  • A fast and effective way to clear the air indoors is to ban smoking.
  • Sanitize all your handheld devices, cell phones, cordless phones, television remotes, computer keyboards, often. These items harbor lots and lots of germs and bacteria.
  • Keep bathrooms supplied with antibacterial hand soap and hand sanitizer. Encourage hand washing often.
  • Keep paper towels in bathroom for hand drying instead of using contaminated, germ ridden towels. 
  • Wash your hands after loading the washing machine, especially if you have sick ones, you don’t want to spread germs around.
  • Use cutting boards that are made of hard plastic or maple.  Toss out old cracked cutting boards.
  • Scrub cutting boards with hot, soapy water after each use.
  • Sanitize faucets, these are favorite hiding places for germs and flu viruses. Wipe them down with a sanitizing wipe or a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
  • Don’t use cleansers with ammonia and chlorine, they irritate skin and lungs and can provoke asthma. Never, ever mix them!
  • If your refrigerator has a water dispenser, be sure to change the filter every six months before sediment build up.
  • Use your range vent a hood when you cook. It reduces cooking related air pollutants, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide and lowers humidity, which encourages bacteria and mildew.
  • Replace or clean the range vent a hood filter before it gets clogged with build up.
  • Keep mats on both sides of your entry way. Up to 80% of dirt, bacteria, allergens, lawn chemicals and contaminants get tracked inside your home. Mats catch a lot of this material. Recommend a regular mat outdoor and a washable mat for inside the door.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. High efficiency particulate air filters are best for capturing dust, dust mites, animal dander.
  • Vacuum upholstery, curtains and lamp shades with the vacuum’s crevice and upholstery tools.
  • Purchase machine washable curtains to keep them dust and allergen free.
  • Run the bathroom fan for at least 20 minutes after every shower to vent moist air that’ll attract mildew outside.
  • Replace firewood with logs made of coffee grounds or wood fiber and wax to reduce particulates and less carbon monoxide.
  • Convert your fireplace to natural gas to reduce emissions from burning firewood.
  • Don’t use chemical grout cleaners, use a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, let it sit on the grout for 30 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.
  • Make sure to dryer vents outdoors to prevent moisture and mildew and clean the dryer vent hose every few months.
  • Clean kitchen sink garbage disposal with vinegar ice cubes (put vinegar in ice trays and let freeze). Running vinegar ice cubes through the disposal freshens as it sharpens.
  • Check roof for water leaks and damage, particularly after a bad storm or hail shower.
  • Make sure attic is properly ventilated to prevent moisture that promotes mildew.
  • Seal any holes or gaps at the attic access or around roofing to keep rodents and insects out of the attic.
  • Keep clutter cleaned up to keep rodents and insects from having a place to nest.
  • Maintain a septic tank or private well with proper maintenance to prevent illness.
  • Install smoke detectors within 15 feet of each bedroom and check batteries annually.
  • Install at least one carbon monoxide alarm. Test and replace batteries annually or as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Have fireplaces and chimneys inspected once a year.
  • Change the furnace air filter regularly. One inch pleated air filters, change once monthly.  Three – five inch media filters, change every six months. You may find for your home and conditions you may need to change more often.
  • Schedule a heating tune up every fall for safety and efficiency.
  • Schedule an air conditioning tune up every spring to insure optimum performance.
  • Have a whole house air cleaning system installed.

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