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Tips for Making Your Home Healthier on a Budget

Clean home is half a job to your healthy home

A vacuum cleaner head on a carpet with a pair of white sand shoes
Other than 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.
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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:

Remove Allergens

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 relief.

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 home.

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 rainfall.

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.

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