Your home is meant to be your cosy haven, a place where you can unwind and relax. In this pandemic ridden time, it has become even more important to make your home safe and protect it from illnesses, dust and pollutants.
Creating a gadget-free zone, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and changing your bedsheets more often are just a few of the many steps you can take to make your home healthier this year.
8 Tips To Help Make Your House Safe And Healthy:
Here are some useful tips to help you get started on your journey towards a healthier home.
Get Some Indoor Plants
The quickest and easiest way to create a healthier home is to explore your green thumb. Getting indoor plants will not only add a touch of natural greenery to your living space, but they will also purify the air in your house. Certain indoor plants are known to lower toxic carbon dioxide levels in the air and reduce levels of pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and benzene. Common air purifying indoor plants in India include Peace Lily, Spider Plant, Money Plant, Snake Plant (also known as saas ki zubaan in Hindi), and Bamboo Palm.
Have A Dedicated Zen Corner
In the pandemic, where everyone in your house is working or studying from home, it has become important to disconnect from gadgets such as tablets, mobiles and laptops for at least some time. Creating an electronics-free zen corner will help you manage e-fatigue, reduce work/study stress, give you a chance to connect with your loved ones and will help you focus on your mental health.
Use A Low VOC Paint For A Safe Home
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are carbon compounds that have a high vapour pressure. Some VOCs that are present in our daily lives include benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and methylene chloride. Often found in paints, refrigerants, cleaning products and pesticides, inhaling VOCs can lead to nausea, difficulty in breathing, irritation in the eyes, throat or nose, and can even cause cancer.
One safe paint you can use is Berger Paints’ Silk BreatheEasy; it has been certified by the Singapore Green Label for being a low VOC and Green paint. A luxury emulsion that makes your home look magnificent, this one also kills bacteria, significantly reduces pollution and has formaldehyde reducing properties.
Thinking of getting your home painted but worried about inviting strangers into your house during these testing times? We at Berger have got you covered. When you book our Berger Express Painting service, we follow strict safety and hygiene protocols, use the low VOC Silk BreatheEasy paint and give you home painting ideas to make your residence look fabulous. We also conduct regular site supervision and use mechanised tools that get the job done quickly and efficiently, thus ensuring the safety of your family.
Clean Your Carpets
In order to stay home, stay safe, cleaning your carpets is a must. Often overlooked, dirty carpets trap dust and allergens, which can negatively impact your health. Be it a wall carpet or a floor one, just vacuuming it once in a while won’t suffice. A deep clean, preferably by professionals, should be carried out annually to get rid of any dust mites and irritants.
Spot Any Mould
Constant exposure to mould can cause irritation to the throat, eyes, nose and skin. To keep your house safe, ensure that you spot mould and rid your house of it as soon as possible. The most common type of mould generally found in Indian homes is mildew. It grows in damp, warm places such as the bathroom and underneath the kitchen sink, and looks white and powdery in the beginning. Have you spotted it in your house and are wondering how to get rid of it? Waterproofing damp spaces is a good and permanent solution to the mould problem. You can opt for our Berger Express Painting service which also provides home waterproofing solutions. What sets us apart is our use of the moisture metre – our experts use it to check your walls for the levels of dampness and suggest a waterproofing plan accordingly. We strive to provide a mould free and safe house to you, and while doing so, we follow social distancing protocols, wear masks and sanitise frequently touched surfaces.
Be Careful While Choosing Cleaning Products
Many home cleaning products contain harmful chemicals which can lead to respiratory problems, headaches and allergies. While choosing these products, check labels and product information for any warnings and allergen information. You can even try DIY hacks such as using lemon, baking soda and vinegar to clean your home thoroughly – cleaning your house with natural, homemade products will be a healthier option for you and your loved ones.
If you have kids at home, disinfecting their toys is a good way to keep them safe and protected. Kids’ toys get dragged, thrown, rolled and pushed around, inside and outside the house. As such, these toys are a hotbed for bacteria, germs, allergens and, in some cases, even mould. In your quest to achieve a healthier home, you can toss the soft toys in the washing machine once a month and can sanitise the hard toys once a week.
Wash Towels And Bedsheets Frequently
Dust mites and dead skin cells, along with sweat and fungi can be found on bath towels, bedsheets and pillow covers. Without regular cleaning, these can lead to skin breakouts, asthma, allergies, and more. As a general thumb rule, you should be washing your bedsheets, towels and kitchen and hand napkins at least once a week.
A healthier home can help you have a healthier mind and body. While working towards it can be hard, we hope our tips to make your house safe and healthy will help you get started.