As an adult, one of our biggest responsibilities is keeping our home clean and hygienic for the family. When it comes to cleaning and maintenance of the home, you’d be surprised how easy it is to drop the ball and let things slide as you manage the rest of your busy life. 

Today though we want to show you how to take care of your home and take control over it. There are many ways that you can create a healthier and safer home for yourself and your family, and we are going to discuss just a few of them here today. 

Here are some of the important ways that you can keep your home healthy and keep your family safe. 

Wipe away damp 

Damp is one of the leading causes of mould in the home. When you have lots of condensation hanging on your window frames or you have damp spots on your walls, mould will take the opportunity to grow and thrive. Apart from the fact that mould is unsightly, it is also not good for the health of your family as the spores will cause irritation to your chest. If you have family members with respiratory issues such as asthma it is particularly important for you to clean away this mould and keep it away from the house. The best way to manage it is by using a mould and mildew spray to get rid of the mould, and then wipe down your surfaces every day to keep them dry. For bigger damp issues in the walls you will need to get a professional involved. 

Eradicate pests 

It is so important to think about pest control as a homeowner. You might think that pests will never get into your house, but there are many ways they can come in and take over – and this can happen in a very short space of time. 

For mites – you need to ensure that all of your fry ingredients as well as sugar sources in the kitchen are locked in airtight containers to keep them fresh and protected. 

For mice – keep cereal and other dried foods locked up. 

For flies – make sure you empty your bin often and don’t leave things out to go mouldy. Also avoid overwatering your plants because fungus gnats will be drawn to the mould on your plants. 

If you do encounter a pest problem a lot of the time you will be able to deal with it yourself, but if the issue is larger, make sure you are quick to call a professional because it is not worth leaving it any amount of time before taking action. 

Vacuum weekly 

Vacuuming is universally one of the least loved household tasks we can do. It is understandable why we wouldn’t want to vacuum the house, but it is an important task because if you don’t you can end up with a build up of dust and other things that will irritate your chest as well as make the air around you stagnant. Make sure that you vacuum once a week and keep the house fresh and tidy. 

Bleach your shower head 

One of the easiest parts of the house to keep clean is your shower head. You can clean the shower head by taking a zip loc bag and filling it with water and bleach. Add your shower head and seal it, letting it soak overnight. Once you have done this, empty out the bag and run your shower for a minute or two and voila! 

Display plants 

A great way to ensure your house stays healthy and safe is to have houseplants in most of the rooms. Houseplants are not only an aesthetically pleasing feature in the home but they will also produce oxygen that will help to purify the air in your home and make sure you can breathe the best quality air. This can also be a huge stress reliever and will make a positive difference to your home and your family as a whole. 

Filter your water 

If you want to ensure that your family is safe and healthy at home it is important for you to provide them with the best quality water. Water is an important commodity and filtering your water will get rid of any impurities that may otherwise cause health issues. A water filter can be stored in your fridge and will transform ordinary tap water into much healthier water for you to drink. 

Wash your hands 

One of the things many of us have learnt in the last 18 months is that washing your hands can be the difference between illness and staying protected. If you want to ensure that your family stay safe and healthy all year long, make sure you wash your hands properly with antibacterial hand wash every time you go to the toilet and also when you are in the kitchen. Clean hands are happy hands and you will be less likely to transfer germs across different surfaces in the house. 

Use reusable jars 

Reusable jars can be a useful thing to have in your house if you do a lot of baking and store items like flour, sugar, and cereals. When you don’t store ingredients properly, they can end up going bad quicker or they can become a breeding ground for mites and other small pests. Transferring your ingredients to pantry safe containers keeps everything neat but also clean and hygienic. 

Wash your fruit and vegetables 

When you get back from the grocery store, one important job you should do is wash and prepare all of your fruit and vegetables and place them into airtight containers. This will not only ensure that they are easy to pick at throughout the week, but it keeps everything fresher for longer and will also ensure there aren’t any bugs present on the fruit and veggies. 

Try some of these simple tips to help keep your home healthier and safer for the family this year.