Regular cleaning of your living space might seem enough to ensure a healthy living environment. However, there is a lot you are not aware of beneath the seemingly clean surface. Cleaning your living space differs from detoxing it. The average home houses around 600 chemicals and a lot of them are dangerous to your health.
How do we battle these invisible dangers invading our space? The answer is simple with a lot of preventive methods and some hard work. So let’s get going.
Don’t let the dirt cross your threshold
A no shoes inside-zone is a great and effective policy to prevent introducing outdoor contaminants into your home and it works wonders for carpets as well. This is an important step towards having a detoxified home. According to a recent study there is a 26.4% chance your footwear will pick up a dangerous spreading bacteria known as C. diff. This bacteria is known to cause a wide range of serious illnesses like diarrhea and colon inflammation. To be safe than sorry ask your family members to take their shoes off before entering your home and have a steady supply of slippers ready for them.
Level up your dusting technique
Build-up of dust can lead to allergies, respiratory problems and asthma. Though it may seem like a simple task a lot of people still get it wrong. It looks like they are cleaning but they are spreading dust around so it resettles elsewhere in the living space. There are a few hacks to properly dusting a room. First, remove all items that prevent you from reaching every corner of the room. Second, don’t forget to clean things like photo frames and clocks before you put them back. And thirdly, remember to start your dusting at the highest point and slowly move down. Use a mop for hard floors and a vacuum for carpets and make sure you don’t miss any corners along the way.
Enjoy the comfort of clean air
Clean toxin-free air is key to a healthy living space. To achieve this there are several precautions to take. Start by making sure all toxins remain outside by checking your home for leaks and cracks. Humidity and moisture are a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew so keep humidity levels in check and regularly inspect danger zones like kitchens and bathrooms. To maintain the optimal air quality throughout your home opt for the best air purifier on the market
Do you know your home’s Radon level?
Radon is an odorless gas that emits from the Earth and enters our home through cracks and pores materials usually found in pipes and drains. What makes it dangerous is the fact that it is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking in the US. Testing your home for Radon is relatively easy and inexpensive by purchasing a Radon Test Kit at your local hardware store.
One of the things we don’t see is electromagnetic radiation. It’s happening around us all the time and can be quite harmful if not kept in check. We are bombarded every day with it from things like wifi, our computer screens, cell phones, televisions and other home and office electronics. If you want to clear the air and reduce dust levels in your home turn off and unplug these devices whenever they are not in use.
Turn your home into a green oasis
Plants can be your ally when it comes to detoxing your living space. By choosing the right plants and placing them throughout your home you can significantly lower the level of contaminants. This is called phytoremediation. A study showed that different house plants removed up to 87% of air toxins in a 24-hour period. It’s recommended that you have at least one plant for every 100 square feet of floor space throughout your home. Some of the plant species to consider for your living space are Boston Fern and Golden Pothos.
These are just some of the preventive measures you can take to keep your home toxin-free. Enjoy a living environment that will keep you and your family healthy for the years to come.
Lana Hawkins is an architecture student and the editor-in-chief on Smooth Decorator. She enjoys writing about interior decoration and landscaping. Lana is interested in sustainability and green building, and that’s where she gets most of her inspiration from.