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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