Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Top 10 simple tips for a healthier home

Health and hygiene go hand in hand. Here are some super simple things you can do in your own home to make it more hygienic, and thus healthier, for you and your family.

Top 10 simple tips for a healthier homeSimple tips for a healthier home

1. Dust your house regularly

Dust in the house is one of the primary reasons for many respiratory diseases and allergies. Keep your home dust-free by dusting regularly (a damp cloth picks up dust far better than a feather duster), changing your bed sheets once a week and minimising clutter than can accumulate unwanted dust.

2. Clean your shower curtain from time to time

If you use shower curtains in your bathroom, remember that they can be a hot bed for all kinds of bacteria and mould thanks to the mix of moisture and soap in the bathroom. Wash your shower curtains regularly to keep them clean. Most of them can be thrown into the washing machine, along with your towels, so much effort needn’t be put in. (Test your shower curtain first to make sure it doesn’t bleed colour though – you don’t want to inadvertently dye your other clothes!)

3. Always flush after putting the lid down

This is really important. Make it a habit to always put the lid down on your toilet seat before flushing. Tiny particles and water splash out of the toilet seat every time you flush and you don’t want all those particles on the other stuff in your bathroom – especially your toothbrush!

4. Avoid wearing shoes around the house

Removing your shoes and wearing only your home slippers when you’re indoors is a common practice in many states of India – and a very good one at that! Why bring all that dirt and filth from outside into your clean home? Just leave it at the doorstep.

5. Check your LPG gas cylinder pipe regularly

Most LPG gas companies recommend that you change your rubber tubing at least once in two years. It’s also a good idea to have the person who changes your cylinder to check your pipe at every visit. A leak in the pipe is a serious situation and could lead to a fire or much more.

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