Making your home feel clean goes beyond wiping down countertops and making the bed. Yes, these are important, but they are also just part of the overall big picture. To make your home feel comfortable and like a place that you can escape the chaos of the outside world, bring in clean air, generate pleasant scents, and create a calming space are also part of the equation. Here are a few tips to bring those various aspects of the green and the clean into your home.
1. Keep Plants in Every Room
You might be unsure about your green thumb or your capabilities in keeping a plant alive for long. But take the plunge and put a plant in every room! This is an effective way for a home to stay green both visually and through the plant’s air cleaning capabilities. All the oxygen that these plants will provide is sure to add to your family’s well-being. Nature is calming, and this gives you a way to bring the outdoors inside.
If you aren’t sure about your ability to take care of plants, there are good starter ones that are easier to take care of than others. For example, a cactus or succulent will be lower maintenance than something like an orchid. The Christmas cactus is an unusual houseplant option, providing both greenery year-round and colorful blooms once a year.
2. Use Aromatherapy
Many people underutilize essential oils. They may purchase one commonly used a scent like lavender and use that for relaxing or at night time to sleep. But there are a variety of blends that can evoke different results throughout the home. Some may be uplifting, clarifying, or assist with feelings of not feeling well. Try putting these oils in a diffuser, and the scent will infiltrate the room for days.
There are different blends and dilution ratios to consider for the various oils that are available to you. If you do not have a diffuser, you can use a warm pan of water to diffuse the fragrance throughout your home.
However, be warned, these are not the oils for you to apply topically on your skin, so keep them out of children’s reach. Directly applying them to the skin can burning or irritation.
3. Install a Whole House Humidifier
This might be one of the best investments that you can make for your home. A whole house humidifier will spread just the right amount of moisture to the entire home via the heating and cooling system. You will have less dry noses and dry skin. You will potentially breathe easier because of the quality of air.
Whole house humidifiers are great investments for any climate, as they reduce the chance for viruses to thrive as they would in low-humidity environments. Additional benefits include lessening the damage done by dry air to components of your house and giving you a more energy efficient home. These systems can be installed in both new construction and older homes.
4. Clean Naturally
If you are armed with an arsenal of vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice, you are going to be ready to tackle most of your household cleaning needs. Many people with allergies to other chemicals find that they can tolerate these products without any issues. They are going to eliminate odors, brighten whites, kill germs, and remove residues and spills. Water and vinegar can be kept in a spray bottle, with lemon juice adding an extra punch when needed. You can use fresh lemons or purchase a bottle of the readymade.
5. Avoid Clutter
This is where most people fall apart in their quest for a clean and relaxing home environment. Clutter accumulates slowly, and then we are left with an overwhelming pile or mess to deal with. Take one room at a time, and work through it. Set aside two bags in the room, one for the trash, and one for donations. When you are done, take the trash to the bin, and the donation bag to the car.
Moving forward, take baby steps to keep the clutter out of the house. Open the mail over the trashcan so that you can throw away all junk mail immediately. Open bills and pay them at the end of the day. Do not buy things without knowing exactly where they will go in your home.
A good rule of thumb is that for every one thing you bring in, you remove one thing from your home. These small habits add up to more time in your life and a calmer and peaceful mind. A cluttered home can mean a cluttered mind, and that is not conducive to relaxing in your space.
Being green and clean in the house isn’t always about things being perfect. It is about creating a space that gives you a zone away from the crazy outside world and done as naturally as possible.