How To Make Your Home More Hygenic

 In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all hyper-aware of our hygiene more than ever before. Of course, it is good practise in general to uphold good hygiene standards and clean your home regularly, but even our basic hygiene standards have been called into question at this time. Regular hand-washing for twenty seconds or more; wearing masks in crowded spaces; working from home and reducing our contact with others have all become normal in this crazy year of 2020. But how can we be even more safe during the time of coronavirus?

Good hygiene in your home is essential for your health and your home’s longevity. If you allow dust, damp or mold to build up in your home, you can develop health problems, particularly in your lungs and throat. In addition, your home can smell bad, and the structure of the walls and floors can be compromised. Your day-to-day comfort will be affected too. Most people know all this, right? So how can we go even further to keep our hygiene tip-top?

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  1. Ten Extra Minutes Per Day

When you have a very busy life, with family, children, pets and work, it can be very hard to keep on top of your cleaning schedule. Allowing the chores to pile up, however, makes it harder in the end to combat the mess and dirt. Plus, this can be damaging to your mental and physical health. Studies show that a messy or dirty home environment, when allowed to build over time, can increase your stress, contribute to poor sleep and produce high anxiety. So how can your hygiene be improved when you have no time for it?

Try to think of it as a ten-minute-per-day exercise. Once the kids have gone to bed, or you have finished working, you can take ten minutes to methodically tidy and wipe down your everyday surfaces. Perhaps one day you hoover or mop the floors; the next, you might sanitize the kitchen surfaces; the day after you could dust the mantle pieces. These small contributions to your home’s hygiene make a world of difference long-term. Plus, this process can be very meditative, helping you to feel calm and relaxed at the end of the day.

  1. Hiring Professionals

This does not necessarily equate to hiring a maid or professional cleaner who attends once a week or more. You can still maintain your home yourself, with the occasional supplementary clean by a professional crew. Activities such as carpet cleaning, which requires special equipment and chemicals (along with a lot of time and effort!) might be best left to a professional service which you can hire once every few months. The big jobs are often the ones which will give the most noticeable effect. Your carpet, for example, is likely holding onto a lot of dust and bacteria that a simple vacuum can’t combat.

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  1. The Right Tools

You might be able to improve the hygiene quality of your home simply by making small changes to your cleaning products and tools. For example, if you are still using the old, rickety vacuum cleaner your mom gave you in 2003, it might be time for an upgrade. You will be amazed at the power and effectiveness of a proper modern vacuum which will achieve incredible results instantaneously!

Similarly, do some research on the cleaning products you use. You may be surprised at how your chosen product compares to new products on the market which are not only better for our environment, but will achieve better cleaning results in your home too!

  1. Making It Fun

If you hate housework, you are not alone. Some people love it, but others really hate it and will put it off or procrastinate their cleaning responsibilities. If that sounds like you, there are ways to jazz up your housework chores and make them more fun and less dull!

Firstly, why not try podcasts out? Podcasts are so popular nowadays, there are literally millions of them to choose from. If you are interested in learning about a new topic, such as politics, environmental issues, women’s issues or science, why not get stuck into a podcast while you clean? This will make your cleaning time go much faster and help you get into the routine a little more easily.

Similarly, if you have children who are old enough to help out, make it a family activity. Just because you’re the parent, doesn’t mean you should do all the work. Recruit the kids for an afternoon of cleaning and the jobs will go by in a flash.

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