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It’s been said time and again; there’s no place like home. It is our sanctuary, our safe haven and a place in which we feel most comfortable. Therefore, a home needs to be maintained and treated with respect for all that they bless us with. With that said, the first thing that comes to mind is keeping it clean. After all, a dirty home is not a happy home; and in some cases, can pretty much be a health hazard!
Are you looking around and wondering if your home is indeed a clean and healthy home, or verging on being a health hazard? To help you figure that out, here is some information on what a clean, healthy home is and why it matters.
1. Do you see dust or dirt anywhere?
Look at your furniture, the corners of your floors and the ceiling. Even if you live in an area off the main road or away from muddy, dusty surroundings, chances are you will find dust settled in your home. This is because some of the dust found in our homes is made up of dead skin cells. Either way, dust and dirt are major causes of allergies, skin rashes or irritation and other related health problems. So, the first thing you need to do is maintain a dust-free home by wiping furniture, vacuuming floors and removing any cobwebs from the ceiling. You could also hire a house cleaning service if you are strapped for time.
2. Have you let mold build up in the bathroom?
A bathroom is generally left wet and damp; a setting mold and mildew live for. A dirty bathroom encourages mold and germ buildup and becomes a welcoming place for creepy crawlies. The next thing you know is you’re brushing your teeth, showering and doing your business in a bathroom filled with bacteria, mold and the occasional multiple-legged visitor – MAJOR health hazards! Use an all purpose bathroom cleaner to clean your floors, faucets and other bathroom fixtures thoroughly. Don’t leave out the toilet bowl; use a good toilet brush and special liquid cleaner to scrub the bowl clean. To help keep your bathroom clean, try to rinse the floor with water after you shower and use a squeegee to push the water into the drain. Also, open the window slats after using it to allow the room to air out and dry faster.
3. Is your kitchen immaculate?
No, it’s not an exaggeration to keep an immaculate kitchen, it’s a necessity! This is where we cook our meals, store our food and some of us even eat. How can we expect to maintain a healthy home when we’re cooking food and eating in a dirty environment? Spilt food on your gas stove, stale food in your refrigerator, dust or dirt on your floors and crumbs on your counter-top are all signs of an unhealthy kitchen. Get to cleaning Never leave the kitchen dirty overnight because that’s when you find cockroaches and vermin joining you for a midnight snack. If you have clutter and junk everywhere, a rubbish collection service could be of tremendous help in getting your home and kitchen cleaned.
4. Is bedtime dread time?
Have you let your bedroom get so dirty and messy that you no longer want to sleep there? Or maybe you have cleaned up but aren’t sure if it’s enough to qualify as a healthy living environment. Look for dust and dirt in places like under your bed, behind the dresser or above your closet. If you do in fact find dust bunnies, you know what to do. It’s advisable to keep the underneath of your bed and top of your closet free from shoes, boxes and other items. By storing things out in the open, you are promoting dust build-up and creating an unhealthy environment. Store your belongings in cabinets and drawers; the lesser items you have lying around, the lesser you will have to clean.
5. Got an un-livable living room?
Apart from keeping it clean for the wellbeing of you and your family, the living room is also a place where you entertain guests; so it is not only your health, but also your reputation at stake! Wipe the furniture and clean the floors regularly because you never know when you’ll have a surprise visitor. Moreover, we often use the living room to eat, use our laptops or play family games; basically we bring in things that aren’t supposed to be there. If you don’t put things back in place and avoid regular cleaning, you’re left with a cluttered, unhealthy and un-livable living room.