A dirty, cluttered house is a stressful one. Considering how much time we spend in our homes, it ought to be a place we can feel at ease. Especially with spring approaching, maybe it’s time to devote some energy each week to cleaning your home and making it a stress-free environment with these helpful tips, courtesy of Triple Clean.

Remove Toxins

You may think that the air in your home is cleaner to breathe than the air outside, but that may not be the case. Air inside can be up to five times more polluted than fresh air. If you have pets, you may be accustomed to dealing with pests.

However, the chemicals used for their removal are dangerous for the health of both your pets and yourself. The chemicals we put on our gardens can be just as toxic to us as our lawns. Every bit adds up and can have a negative impact on overall health. Keep your shoes at the door and leave your windows open as much as possible.

Ditch chemical air fresheners, and together with having fresh air, use baking soda and fresh flowers to give your home a nice, neutral smell. In addition, use green cleaning products. If they’re better for the environment, they will also be better for you. Just remember to wear a mask while you’re cleaning; even though you’re using green cleaning products, you still need to protect yourself in case you stir up any toxins or particles during the cleaning process.

A water filter can help remove chemicals, too. A home where you feel better physically will help you feel better emotionally and mentally.

Declutter

Coming home to a cluttered house is not conducive to relaxation. It can cause you to feel stressed by reminding you of the work you have to do, paperwork to file and creating extraneous stimuli that can prevent you from unwinding. Home should be your sanctuary. If you are overwhelmed by how much clutter you have collected, start by focusing on one room at a time. By the end of the week, your home will be mostly cleared, and you may find relaxing at the end of a stressful day easier.

Keep on top of it by doing a few minutes every day once you have your home sorted. If you aren’t organized by nature, you can still learn how to be, by using some tried-and-true tips on how to make organization your friend, like learning to delegate tasks, and taking on chores in small, manageable portions rather than a single, intimidatingly large one.

Don’t overlook closets just because you keep the doors closed. Make sure to give your kitchen plenty of attention, too. Really clean out the pantry of old items, or things you won’t use but could donate. Limit plastic containers, or throw them out completely. Not only do they take up space, but plastic food storage is another way toxins get into your body. If you are really tight for space, add a few hooks to your kitchen and hang your pots and pans. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing but also you will free up space in your cupboards.

Breathe Better

While nothing can replace medication, there are ways to ease allergies and make breathing easier at home. The first and easiest way to clean your air is to make sure your air filter has been changed recently. Old filters won’t pick up dust or other allergens, as they are full.

Allergens are especially prevalent in our home bathrooms. Because they tend to stay damp throughout the day, they provide fertile breeding grounds for unwanted allergy triggers to grow. It’s important too, to remember the environment when it comes to managing our bathroom resources where water runs freely and paper is consumed in large quantities.

As a further precaution, invest in a few plants around your home. Plants act as natural filters, and can soak up carcinogens and chemicals that might be harmful to lungs. As a bonus, bringing nature indoors is a proven way to reduce stress, making your overall living space a more peaceful place to be.

Dust is an unavoidable part of living in a home, but how can you minimize your exposure to it? Dusting and vacuuming are imperative to keeping your air clean. Don’t just get the easy to reach spots. Dust accumulates everywhere, so make sure to move furniture and get those hard-to-reach places where dust may have settled. Vacuum afterward to get the fallen particles out from the carpet, as they will invariably enter the air again and make breathing difficult.

With spring approaching, it’s time for a fresh start. And what better way to do so than to dedicate this spring season to cleaning and living more healthily? With only a few easy changes, you may find your home a much more livable place to be.

If you want to hand off those spring-cleaning duties to the professionals, get in touch with Triple Clean. Call (208) 401-8748 or email info@tripleclean.net.

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