THESE days, we’re spending more time at home and that means more time inside. In fact, the Australian Goverment says we spend 90% or more of our time indoors.
But when you couple this with the fact that it is widely believed pollution levels inside a home are higher than the pollution levels outside of it, thanks to things like mould, dust and allergens, household chemicals and cooking odours all collecting in one confined space, we need to make sure that indoor space we’re spending 90% or more of our time in is as healthy as it can possibly be.
So how do we do this? Well, there are many ways to create a healthy home but here are five simple and easy cleaning tips for a healthy home…
1. Be done and dusted
The majority of the dust inside our homes comes from outside, such as dirt and smoke particles, while the rest is made up of things from inside the home, like carpet fluff, pet hair and clothing fibres.
Aim to vacuum your carpets at least twice a week, more if you have pets sharing your indoor spaces with you. It also pays to vacuum furniture, curtains, skirting boards and ceilings while you’re at it.
You can also minimise the amount of dirt being brought into the home in the first place by removing shoes at the door.
While vacuuming will remove surface dirt, carpet fluff, pet hair and clothing fibres – items that make up the dust in your home – and will help reduce the amount of dust in your home if done on a regular basis, it won’t remove the insect faeces, dust mites, dead skin cells, mould, dust, bacteria and volatile organic compounds get trapped in the fibres of your carpets.
The only way to penetrate deep into your carpets to remove embedded dirt and bacteria is by having them professionally cleaned. Professional carpet cleaning will sanitise your carpets while also removing stains to return your carpets to a new-like condition, which is a bonus!
2. Wash weekly
Aim to wash your sheets weekly. After removing all your bedding and washing it in hot water, vacuum your mattress and cover it with a good quality mattress protector. Replace old pillows every two years and buy a new mattress every seven to eight years.
3. Murder mould
Clean bathrooms, kitchens and laundries regularly to remove any mould.
In the bathroom, remove any scum and scrub off mould in the shower and bathtub. If you have a shower curtain, mould can build up on the moisture so change your shower curtain every three months.
You can also try to prevent mould from forming in the first place by opening doors and windows to ventilate your home, using the extraction fan when showering or cooking, fixing any persistent leaks and wiping up any spills as soon as they happen.
4. Nice and natural
Chemicals in the home can emit hazardous odours or leave residue behind. For a healthy home, you can use natural, plant-based products to help elevate this.
Baking soda and white vinegar are two household ingredients that can be used to clean almost anything.
5. Ace your air-con
Your air conditioner vents can fill up with dust becoming a breeding ground for bacteria or an environment for dust mites and allergens to thrive in.
Your air conditioner could be harbouring unhealthy organisms such as bacteria, mould, mildew and fungi.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an easy cleaning tip but an important yearly job for professionals.
Sanitising your air conditioner removes these organisms, making the air you and your family breathe, healthy.
During sanitisation, an air conditioner technician will clean the condenser and evaporator coils and filter.