Good eating habits and regular exercise are the first things that come to mind when we think about how to stay healthy and fit; we rarely consider the effect that our physical environment can have on our health and well-being. But our home is where we spend a lot of our time (maybe even most of our life!), so it’s a good idea to give some thought to keeping it clean and healthy. Some people may want to focus on tidying up more often, while others may want to make an effort to switching to cleaning detergents without harmful chemicals. If you’re looking to keep your home fresh, hygienic, and livable, consider these six easy tips:

1. Keep It Pest-Free
Nothing ruins your appetite faster than opening the pantry to find bug-infested food. To keep pests out of your home, make sure you regularly throw food out when it hits the expiry date, and keep everything in sealed containers. For pesticides, avoid harmful sprays that stay in the air – little traps in the corners of your kitchen with poison bait will eliminate ant infestations without spraying everywhere, and much more effectively. 

2. Get An Air Purifier
An air purifier can purify indoor air by getting rid of harmful toxins like as dust, pollen, foul odors, smoke, pet dander, and mold spores. Breathing cleaner air is a great way to instantly reduce stress and anxiety, not to mention get a better night’s sleep.

3. Switch to Chemical-Free Detergents
Most research has proven that you don’t need harsh chemicals to clean your home, including problem areas like the bathroom and kitchen counter. Remember, though, that not all “green” cleaning products disinfect. Make sure you still use “natural” cleaning products that have effective disinfectant properties, such as vinegar and alcohol.

4. Store Food in Glass Instead of Plastic
We now know that food stored in plastic containers can have microplastics that end up in your blood stream when you consume them. Switching to glass for keeping the leftovers in the fridge is an easy way to avoid that problem.

5. Install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste, and is usually released from heating devices like old space heaters. Since it can’t be smelled naturally, it’s recommended that every home be fitted with detectors to keep the family safe. Even with carbon monoxide detectors installed, you should still be careful about always turning off heating devices when they’re not in use. Smoke detectors are critical even though smoke does have a smell – especially at night, you might not always smell the smoke until the fire has gotten out of hand.

6. Go Solar
Switching to solar and reducing your family’s dependence on fossil fuels, can also help you secure a cleaner environment for your family, not to mention planet earth. Home solar is a natural, toxin-free, and sustainable energy source that can help you reduce your carbon footprint and live a healthier lifestyle.

Get started today to freshen up your home and commit to healthy living habits. To get your own personalized quote for switching to home solar energy, contact us at American Solar!

Disclaimer: This page does not constitute professional legal advice, tax advice or other professional financial guidance. Always consult independent advisors before making any purchasing, investment, or tax decisions, and before entering into binding agreements.