Wednesday, June 1, 2016

5 Ways To Provide A Healthy Home For Your Family

Good health and wellbeing start at home. It includes fresh, healthy food and establishing good habits. It also includes providing a healthy environment in which your family can live and thrive. There are several ways you can provide this.

1. A Clean Environment

Ensuring your home is clean and tidy will rid it of many germs and bacteria. Germs can lead to many illnesses. A build of dirt and dust can also affect allergies. Keep your home germ-free by following these tips:

Keep your home free from clutter. This will make it easier to spot dirt and clean thoroughly.
Take out the trash daily.
Ensure that all kitchen surfaces are spotless.
Clean garbage bins regularly.
Sweep and mop floors.
Ensure the bathroom and toilet are cleaned at least once a week. 
Clear drains regularly to avoid buildup and blockages.
Hoover carpets every couple of days.
Dust every few days, or more if necessary.
Change sheets and bedding each week.

2. A Good Sleeping Environment

Sleep is a vital element of good health. We each need a minimum of eight hours sleep each night, and more for young children. It is important to optimize your family’s sleeping environment. The first step is to provide good quality beds and mattresses. Do some research and read reviews to find the best mattresses to suit all your requirements. Reviews like the Casper Mattress Review should prove useful. Find suppliers who will provide you with a warranty. 

In addition to helping support sleeping positions, a good mattress will also allow air to flow and will keep cool. 

Look at other factors in the bedrooms that may hinder sleep:

Think about too much or too little light.
Check the temperature is comfortable.
Ensure bedding is adequate for the time of year.
Throw out old pillows and replace them with fresh, new ones.
Have a no cell phone rule in bedrooms.

3. Make Your Home Smoke Free

The simple way to provide a smoke-free environment is to quit smoking. If you’re not able to do this, then ban smoking indoors. Never smoke around your children. If you need to smoke, go outdoors and ensure the smoke is not able to blow back in. 

4. Food Hygiene

Always practice good food hygiene. Clean your fridge and food storage areas regularly. Make sure spills are tended to straight away.

Keep food preparation areas, cookers, and ovens clean at all times. Don’t allow pets to walk over surfaces. If they do, make sure you clean them before preparing food. Keep separate chopping boards for red meat, white meat, fish, dairy, and vegetables.

5. Pets

Pets can walk in dirt, grime, and germs. They may carry bacteria in their fur and on their paws. Ensure that each member of the family knows to wash their hands after handling pets. Keep pets healthy and free from fleas and other bugs. Keep regular appointments with the vets and follow their guidelines on worming and flea treatments. 

There are lots of ways you can keep your home safe and provide a healthy environment. Start with these basic tips and encourage your family to follow your example. 

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