Keeping Your Home Clean
Needless to say, many homes - be they houses or apartments - are not nearly as clean as they should be. Many people claim that they simply don't have the time to clean, which eventually leads to the musty, old, depressing feel of many people's homes. It really isn't that hard to keep a home from looking, smelling and feeling dirty. Here are a few tips on what to do that will help yourself and visitors to to your place feel a whole lot better.
1. Open Windows
I know people who literally go for months without opening their windows and airing out their rooms. This is the reason for musty, unhealthy, and disgusting odors in many places. Even in the dead of winter you should open your windows for at least 15 minutes each day, either in the morning or when you come home from work or wherever (assuming you have a job). People need oxygen, and opening windows lets you breathe fresh air! It's really very easy to do. Even in the summer when people overuse air conditioning it is important to open you windows either in the early morning or later at night when the air cools down a bit. Breaching air conditioned air all summer is not the healthiest. Open your windows and you'll feel better. Especially at nice while you sleep. Just try it. Fresh air will lead to a better nights rest. Cooler air is better to sleep in than musty, "fake" or treated air.
2. Vacuum Once a Week
Yes, vacuum at least once a week. The dust and particles that build up on your carpet are also unhealthy. Though you may not see them, every time you walk you rouse these particles and they get into the air and into your lungs. Also, carpets are full of dead skin cells which very tiny mites feed on. Just the thought is enough to make most people vomit, so just vacuum those suckers up. You will see how much dust and debris you vacuum up each time you do it. Do you really want to be walking, sitting, playing on such a filthy carpet, especially if you have kids or pets who spend a lot of their time on the floor? I thought not.
3. Take Shoes Off Indoors
American has got to be the only country in the world where people are totally OK with wearing their outdoor shoes indoors on carpeted floors! In most of the world people would not dream of walking in their homes with their filthy shoes on. It is considered extremely rude to not take your shoes off at the entrance. Most people are either barefoot, in socks, or in house slippers. Why would you want to bring in the filth of the streets that you pick up on the soles of your shoes and deposit them on your carpet?? This has always blown my mind. Is it laziness?; non-chalance? Who knows, but if you know what's good for you then please take leave your shoes at the door!
4. Don't Use Air Fresheners
Take a look at the list of ingredients in your average store bought air freshening spray. It looks likes a chemists lab. You can be sure that none of those chemicals that are mixed together to bring about a fake sea breeze, spring meadow, or summer shower smell are nowhere near natural, healthy, or worth the money. You are basically spraying chemicals into the air, or letting them waft throughout your place and into your lungs and thus destroying your health over time. Instead, open the window as mentioned above, or cut up some lemons and let them dry out in the kitchen or bathroom, or just get some flowers. Even most scented candles are nothing but chemicals. Incense is not too far off from inhaling cigarette smoke. If nothing else just get a small pine tree branch from your yard (if applicable) or from a friend's yard (if applicable), or from a park. Put this in a vase with or without water and voila, you have a natural scent.
5. Do Dishes Right Away
Avoid having a rotten food smell. Wash dishes right away. If you only have a few dishes then wash them by hand instead of just slapping them into your dishwasher as they are where they will stay for days before getting washed and thus stink. It's not so hard to wash off a few dishes and then let them air dry. People did it for centuries before the dishwasher was invented, and they managed OK, so can you.
So, keep clean and fresh the easy way using the tips above. It's a lot simpler than it looks.