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Creating a healthy home environment

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Dear Phyllis,

I have been a longtime fan of your real estate column. My elderly mother will be moving in with us. She has respiratory problems, and I am curious if you have any thoughts on my creating a healthy home environment for her.


Dear Sandra,

Thanks for being a loyal reader. Creating a healthy home environment involves various aspects, including air quality, cleanliness, and overall well-being. Here are some tips to help you maintain a healthy home:

1. Ventilation:
• Ensure good air circulation by regularly opening windows and doors.
• Use exhaust fans in kitchens and bathrooms to reduce moisture and improve air quality.

2. Air Quality:
• Use air purifiers to filter out pollutants and allergens.
• Grow indoor plants, as they can help improve air quality.

3. Cleanliness:
• Regularly clean and dust surfaces to reduce allergens. Vacuum carpets and rugs frequently.
• Wash bedding, curtains, and upholstery regularly.
• Establish a no-shoes policy to minimize dirt and contaminants indoors.

4. Mold Prevention:
• Fix any leaks promptly to prevent water damage and mold growth.
• Keep humidity levels in check, ideally between 30-50%.

5. Natural Cleaning Products:
• Use environmentally friendly and non-toxic cleaning products for the home and laundry.
• Avoid harsh chemicals that can contribute to indoor air pollution.

Everyone’s home and lifestyle are unique, so adapt these tips to suit your family’s needs. Regular maintenance and a proactive approach to health and safety will contribute to a healthier home environment.

One thought on “Creating a healthy home environment

  1. Nancy says:

    This has nothing to do with air quality but safety in general for me meant installing an outdoor railing on the porch and grab bars in strategic places inside my home. Now in my late eighties I use these every day.

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