The main characteristics of a healthy home are clean air, good ventilation, free of pests, toxins and of course comfortable. There are more aspects to a healthy home that we will share here so you can create a home environment that you enjoy.
1. RelationshipsFirst up we will start with relationships, if you have a family or housemates it's vital to your wellbeing that you all get along, there would not be much to look forward to when you head home after a long hard day at work, or study, if you don't get along with those you live with.
The main skills to build to ensure you have healthy relationships at home are
- Good communication
- Conflict resolution
- Good parenting
- Stress management
These skills alone can make a huge difference!
If you have young children it's mighty important that you child proof your home. We have two wonderful children that were very curious and active when they were growing up.
There were times when my first daughter was young, and we were still learning, that she got into stuff that should have been put away. One time a she ate a washing powder tablet and we thank the heavens she had no bad reaction and a hospital visit was not needed.
Another time both our children got stuck into my essential oils now that required a hospital visit as I did not know if they had ingested them. I had stored them high on our book shelf but our monkey daughter decided to climb. Again we thank the heavens nothing bad happened and needless to say my essential oils got locked up and put well out of reach. It's only now that I can have them unlocked as both our children are over 10yrs.
So our top tips for childproofing are
- Store toxic chemicals well out of reach, better yet have natural products that are less likely to cause health issues
- Store medicine well out of reach, lock them away if you have to as children do love to climb
- Fix tv sets to the wall and have the children's TV on the floor. There has been many times that TV's have fallen on children and some caused death. Lucky for us that never occurred
- Use a child gate to keep young ones out of the kitchen while cooking
3. Reduce the risk of hazards around the homeIt is very common to have accidents in the home that could have been prevented so our top tips are
- Reducing the risk of falls by having good lighting, walkways clear of clutter, clean up spills immediately, secure loose tiles and fraying carpet and fill in uneven potholes in your yard
- Reduce the risk of fire by keeping your home and yard clutter free. Make sure your fire alarms have working batteries. For more helpful advice visit CFA or contact your local fire authority
- Buy the least harmful products available for cleaning or make your own natural cleaning products
- If you are in earthquake prone areas visit here to get more advice
- Take a virtual house tour to identify risks in the home
4. Having good hygieneHaving good hygiene around the home is important in reducing the risk of dis-ease, food poisoning and mould growth. We know housework can be a tedious but putting on your favorite music can make the task more enjoyable. The following is a quick guide to how often you should clean different areas of the home.
- Fortnightly/monthly- Clean washing machine and dishwasher, vacuum blinds, clean windows
- Weekly- Vacuum and mop floors, clean bathrooms and toilets, change bedding, washing clothes
- Daily- Clean kitchen surfaces or anywhere you prepare food, do the dishes, taking out the garbage, sweep floors
5. Good air qualityHaving clean fresh air in your home enhances your overall wellbeing. It reduces the risk of breathing related health issues such as asthma. Here are our tops tips for keeping the air clean.
- Open windows everyday and make sure fly-screens a free from dust and dirt
- Have plenty of plants in the home
- Keep your home smoke free
- Use essential oil air freshers, they not only freshen the smell in the room certain oils kill germs and bacteria in the air. See our green cleaning guide
- Purchase a air purifier
6. Reduce utility billsReducing your utility bills can reduce your stress levels and you won't dread the mailman. By reducing your use you not only keep your bank account healthy you also have a positive impact on the environment.
7. Home detoxTo ensure your home is the healthiest it can be give your home a overall detox by following our simple guides
8. Keep your home clutter freeKeeping your home clutter free can reduce the risk of fire hazards, pest infestations, dis-ease and depression. Whenever my home gets messy and unorganised I feel confused and unhappy, I'm sure some of you feel the same. Here are some quick tips to get rid of the clutter.
Get four big boxes or garbage bags (more if you have alot of clutter), label them
Once you have organised everything into the boxes you will have one main box to sort through, the keep box. Once that is done make a home for every item and make sure it goes back to it's place each and every time it is used. Remember to recycle what rubbish you can.
That concludes our 8 keys to create a healthy home environment. Life can feel so much better when you love your home, it's a place to escape the world, relax, and be yourself.
Remember a healthy home is a happy home!
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