Tips for Making Your Home Healthier on a
Clean home is half a job to your healthy
at work, most of our time is spent at home, indoors. So we want to
make sure that our home is healthy and allergen-free. (Image by
Having a healthy home is high on many people’s list of priorities, and for good
reason. According to BuildingGreen, Americans spend as much as 90
percent of their time indoors, and much of that is at home.
With that in mind, it makes sense that we’d want our surroundings to be as healthy as possible. While you
probably can’t do much to change things at work, here are a few simple and
cost-effective ways to improve the health of your home -- brought to you by AllHealthGuides.com:
Dust, pet dander, pollen, and other allergens can hide out in carpeting, curtains,
bedding, and essentially any other part of the home. While you can wash curtains and sheets regularly, it’s much
harder to maintain things that are permanent fixtures in your home. If you suffer from severe allergies, it might
be in your best interest to remove wall-to-wall carpeting altogether, according to advice from the Asthma and Allergy Center.
Putting in new flooring can be expensive. Before starting any home renovations,
consider which rooms you use the most to determine what areas you may want to prioritize. Removing the carpeting
from the room you spend the most time in can make a big difference for your health without breaking your budget.
You can also save money by doing the project yourself and choosing an affordable replacement flooring such as bamboo or laminate wood.
Have the Right Cleaning Tools
Putting in new flooring can sometimes be cost-prohibitive. However, that doesn’t
mean you have to suffer with allergens and irritants in your home. Dusting, washing linens, and vacuuming the
floors on a regular basis can do wonders for cutting
down allergens in the air. A good vacuum might be a big investment, but you can save money by shopping on deal
sites and/or looking for online coupons or promo codes.
Purify with Plants
An expensive air purifier can do a great job cleaning your indoor air, but did you
know that certain houseplants can help as well? Many varieties of
plants have air-purifying properties such as peace lilies and Boston ferns. Not only that, but some plants also
serve a dual purpose. Aloe vera, for example, can be rubbed on sunburn or other minor burns for
Convert a Room
Making your home healthier doesn’t just mean cutting down on allergens. Your home
can also be revamped to help your mental health. Having a quiet sanctuary at home where you can escape to meditate,
read, or enjoy other activities might be just what the doctor ordered.
If you have an unused bedroom or a room that’s not living up to its full
potential, turn it into a meditation and relaxation room. As AllHealthGuides.com points out,
meditation can be hugely beneficial to your mental health and overall wellbeing. If you don’t have an extra room,
just about any corner can be turned into a cozy reading nook with a few accessories you probably already have around the house.
However, it’s important to remember that some improvements, while great for you
and your overall health, can have a negative effect on your property’s value. If you’ve planned to sell your home
at some point, look into which
projects have the most value; that way, you can choose the improvements that are good for both you and your
Revamp Your Yard
When it comes to making your
home healthier, you don’t have to stop inside. There are a variety of affordable ways to transform your outdoor
space as well. One of the best ways to save money and go green is with your landscaping choices. Maintaining a lush
landscape can be expensive for anyone, but this is especially true if you live in a dry area without a lot of
For many people, transitioning to low-water landscaping is the perfect solution. This type of landscaping takes the focus away from grass and
other water-hungry plants, putting the emphasis instead on rock features, drought-tolerant species, and
groundcover alternatives. Not
only do you save money on your water bill, but you can also improve your curb appeal while enjoying a unique
kind of outdoor sanctuary.
Having a green and healthy home and yard doesn’t have to break your budget. A few
simple changes such as getting a good vacuum, filling your home with plants, and reevaluating your carpeting can
make a big difference for you and your family.