Looking for quick and easy ways to make your home a healthier place to live? Here are four ideas you might not have thought of before:
Ration the remote
It’s so tempting to come home, eat, then flop down on the sofa in front of the telly. But as we all know, that’s a great way to get earn yourself couch potato status. So why not declare your TV remote ‘out of bounds’ for an hour or so?
No telly will force you and your family to do something that can’t fail to be healthier than slouching around, like going for a walk, pottering around the garden or dancing to some music.
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Swap the biscuit tin for a fruit bowl
Out of sight, out of mind. That’s the best place for the biscuits and cakes of this world. A biscuit tin that’s on show is much more likely to get dipped into by snacking fingers than one that’s tucked away in a cupboard - preferably a very high up cupboard.
Much better to put a fruit bowl out on show, and fill it with fresh, delicious bananas, apples, pears, and even kiwis if you’re feeling adventurous. Encourage people to dip in, and don’t tell them where you've hidden the biscuits.
Get a dehumidifier
Damp in the home isn't just unsightly, it’s downright dangerous to your health. Investing in a dehumidifier will eliminate dastardly dampness. But these cool little machines pack so many more health benefits for your home. Dust mites - microscopic meanies that increase allergies and asthma symptoms - thrive in humid conditions.
Dehumidifying will see them pack their bags and head off out of your house to somewhere more to their liking (best warn the neighbours). Many other pesky pests, like millipedes, will do likewise if you reduce the humidity.
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No, I'm not suggesting you paint your walls a bold shade of lime (although there’s nothing wrong with that). I'm talking buying some house-plants. Why? Because plants and people live well together. We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, and plants do the exact opposite. Having more oxygen around is obviously healthier for you.
Plants are also good at removing toxins from the air, including nasties like formaldehyde (found in things like shopping bags, vinyl and cigarette smoke). Of course, most plants also look and smell nice, making us all feel that little bit better about life.