23 Jan Ten Steps to a Healthy Home
Following are Nichole’s Top Ten Steps to a Healthy Home
- Take your shoes off before you enter the home as this will reduce toxicants like pesticides and traffic-related air pollutants being tracked onto carpets
- Get rid of the clutter, because it restricts air flow, increases the dust load and encourages house dust mites and pests
- Use a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter and motorised head to reduce the allergen load (house dust mites, mould, pet and pest dander) in the home.
- Dust your home with a slightly damp microfibre cloth followed by a clean, dry tea towel.
- Reduce the chemical load in your home. Air fresheners, perfume, pesticides, solvents, paints, cleaning and personal care products contribute to poor indoor air quality.
- Use the sun to air pillows and mattresses, pet bedding, chopping boards and soft toys.
- Store food and beverages in glass, stainless steel and lead-free ceramics. Avoid plastics, pewter, highly coloured ceramics, ceramics with a corroded glaze and leaded crystal.
- Ensure electrical appliances are at least 1 metre away from your bed, favourite couch and any other areas where you spend time in order to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields.
- Chlorine and fluoride in drinking water are associated with health risks. Use a water filter.
- Mould is caused by dampness and moisture. Find the moisture first and then remove the mould with a damp microfibre cloth.