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4 Ways to Keep a Healthy Home Environment for Your Family

When you have a family, your goal is to keep everyone happy, healthy, and safe. One of the big things you can do to ensure that everyone stays healthy is to make sure that they have a healthy home environment. You and your family spend a lot of time in your home, so it is important to do what you can to make sure that it is contributing to the health of all the members of your household.

Use Natural Cleaning Products

Instead of using cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals, try to find more natural cleaning solutions. Some chemicals that are found in cleaning supplies have been linked to cases of cancer. When you use cleaning products that have chemicals, it can cause breathing problems and can even lead to asthma in some of your family members. Look for natural products to use for your cleaning needs instead. These products are not only better for you home and family, but they are also better for the environment. This article from Mama Suds goes into more detail about why you should choose natural cleaning products over chemicals.

Change the Air Filter in Your Furnace Regularly

Your furnace, or HVAC system, circulates air throughout your home. All furnaces have a filter to trap dust and other particles and prevent them from being blown through your ducts into the air that you breathe. However, if you don’t change your filter regularly, then it becomes less effective, allowing the dirty particles to make their way into the air in your home. To help you stay on top of changing your filter frequently, you can look into an air filter subscription. With an air filter subscription, a new filter will be mailed to you to remind you to make sure the filter in your unit gets changed frequently enough to keep everyone in your home breathing clean, safe air.

Steam Clean Your Carpets

Overtime, your carpets accumulate dust, pollen, dander, pet hair, and other particles. These particles can contribute to allergies and breathing issues. When you steam clean your carpets, it removes these allergens, leaving your carpets clean and fresh. You may choose to steam clean your carpets yourself, or if you’d prefer you can hire a professional company to clean them for you.

Train Your Family Members to Get Rid of Germs

As one person, you can only do so much to keep your house clean and healthy. In order for it to be truly effective, it needs to be a family affair. Teach your children about the importance frequent hand washing. Set up the expectation that shoes should be removed when entering the home. Go over safe food handling precautions. If your family is on-board with keeping your home healthy, it will be much easier to sustain.

If you follow the advice we provided in this article, you will be well on your way to creating a healthy environment for your family. Your home will be better suited to meet your family’s need to stay healthy.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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