Winter can be one of the most trying times for your body and health, not least because of the many winter viruses that go around, the slump in health we feel after the indulgence of the festive period and, of course, the miserable weather. But there are several things you can do to ensure that your health stays at its peak throughout winter, one of which is making some changes to your home. Here you'll find our top tips on the household changes you can make to improve your health.
When it's cold outside, we can be reluctant to open windows, but letting fresh air in is important if you want to keep your home as clean and healthy as possible. If it's especially cold or you don't want to leave the windows open all day, just open one fully for five minutes. This will help your home to get a blast of fresh air without allowing time for floors and walls to get too chilly.
It's common to give your whole home a clean at the beginning of the New Year, but there are plenty of important areas that we often forget to pay attention to. Next time you do a big clean, try to think of areas you don't usually cover. For instance, washing your mattress cover in hot water and wiping down the top of the mattress can help to remove allergy-causing dust mites. Other often-ignored areas include indoors bins, shower curtains and fireplaces. You can read more about health-friendly Spring cleaning here.
This is obviously a much bigger change to make, but if you're thinking about redecorating anyway, it's worth considering swapping carpets for laminate floors. With laminate flooring, dust and pet hair is more visible than it is on carpets and it's much easier to sweep up. You will have to clean your laminate floor regularly to keep it looking good, but it will mean that you will be more likely to keep your home free of bacteria and dust.