How to make your home healthier in the new year

How to make your home healthier in the new year

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Get your 2023 off to a flying start with these strategies

Clorox air purifier for large rooms

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“Happy New Year,” I called out, and then immediately started thinking about all the resolutions I want to make for 2023. The past few years have been about getting fit, healthier, or leaner after overeating and drinking during the holidays.

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This year I will be tackling improvements to my home that will make it a cleaner, healthier place to work and hang out during the long winter months. Since lockdown (and beyond) spending more time at home has become the norm, so creating an organized, cleaner and healthier place to ensure better health (mentally and physically) is a good idea.

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If you’re also looking for ways to create a healthier home, here’s my list of the top three strategies. May all your New Year’s resolutions for 2023 come true.

cleaner air

In the winter months, the air in our homes is often used up due to a lack of fresh air. With the windows closed and the heating switched on, it is important to ensure clean air.

There are several possibilities for that. The easiest and most ecological way is to bring indoor plants. Plants not only provide fresh air, they can also lift our spirits on those gloomy days. When shopping for your home, look for low-VOC carpet (wool is best), fabrics and wallpaper that do not emit toxins into the air.

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Changing your furnace air filters frequently (every two months) is a great way to trap particles and keep the air clean, and if you want continuous air purification, check out the Clorox Large Room Air Purifier ($299.99). The purifier captures 99.97 percent of allergens and particles and 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria, making it easier to breathe.

It has a three-stage filter that cleans the air by trapping allergens, particles, viruses and bacteria in three layers of filter. The outer pre-filter captures large dust particles and pet hair, and then the true HEPA filter captures allergens and particles, viruses and bacteria. The activated carbon filter reduces VOCs and odors so the air always smells fresh. It has a whisper-quiet setting and the LED-lit buttons turn off to avoid disturbing sleep.

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Sleep well baby!

Don’t forget the baby room. It’s a smart idea to air the room every now and then to remove cobwebs and dust when baby isn’t around. Reduce toxins by using organic sheets where baby sleeps. Place a synthetic play mat on carpets and floors to ensure baby doesn’t pick up germs from the floor while playing.

One company that takes babies’ well-being seriously is Quebec-based sleep products manufacturer Polysleep. It introduced The Baby Mattress ($349), which uses open-cell memory foam to provide your little one with airflow, support, and comfort to help regulate heat and sleep sounds. Every Polysleep baby mattress (made in Canada, yay!) uses organic Tencel cotton, is liquid-tight, and carries a five-year guarantee. Well, that’s a good night for baby, mom and dad.

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Article Contents Libman Tornado Spin Mop System

Spin those bottoms

I often look for dust in the corners of rooms and the floor seems to be the source of most of it. One way to keep floors clean is to make a New Year’s resolution to always take your shoes off at the door to avoid bringing in germs from outside.

A well-filtered HEPA (High Efficiency Air) vacuum ensures that dust, dirt and pet hair are picked up from carpets and not blown back into the air. For scrubbing and washing tile and hardwood floors (yes, salt stains in the foyer, I’m coming for you), household cleaning supplier Libman has introduced the Tornado Spin Mop System ($52, Canadian Tire), an all-in-one Mop bucket system with an extra large, machine washable microfiber mop head and a generous 7.5 liter bucket with a 360 degree rotating chamber blade.

Simply flip down the lever on the mop handle and sling away excess water to dry floors faster after you’ve washed them thoroughly. With that ease and efficiency, I’d say get one mop head for the floors and another for the bathroom shower walls.

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