When you think of winter, what comes to mind? Fluffy white snow, cosy fires and woollen jumpers perhaps? Sure, these are a few of the many positives of the season BUT then there are the nasties … germs, flu, bleak weather, sick kids and chicken soup. And when it’s miserable and bleak outside, where do we spend most of our time? That’s right! Inside the house (and often surrounded by family members who have the flu).
So, here’s a few handy hints from the team at Domain.com.au to help keep you and your family fighting fit and healthy this Winter Season.
Let fresh air into your home
Never underestimate the power of simple fresh air. Open up your doors and windows every day, even if it’s cold.
- Dilute the level of contaminants in your home, like gases from heaters and toxins in the wood you’re burning in the fireplace.
- Clear out any colds or gastro bugs that someone in your household has brought in, and
- Dry out the moisture created by heating your home, and from the breathing and sweating of the people in your place. This ongoing moisture can cause mould.
Wipe down your windows
After heating your home you can end up with condensation on the inside of the windows. This sometimes happens in the bedroom in the mornings, too.
Get a dehumidifier into your home
If your home is gathering condensation or you’re finding mould spots, a dehumidifier can make a big difference.
Don’t make your bed
“Praise the Lord” I hear you say haha.
Every single day, pull the covers right back [no need to remove the sheets daily to let the mattress air out. We shed a lot of skin cells in bed and, where there’s a lot of skin cells, there’s a lot of dust mites. Dust mites are a major trigger for people with asthma and allergies.
Clean the places you touch often
Ironically it’s the parts of our homes that are used most, which get overlooked during every cleaning session. Contact points like door handles, remote controls, switches, faucets and even cabinet handles are often neglected while cleaning.
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