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Keep Your Home Healthy While Living With Cancer Using These Tips

A guest article by Lucille Rosetti thebereaved.org

Home is where we feel the safest and most comfortable, and it’s where we go to rest, recharge, and heal up. For those who are living with a cancer diagnosis, it’s crucial to make sure home is also a healthy environment; unfortunately, there are several aspects of a house that can cause illness or contribute to it. The good news is, it’s often an easy fix, and there are several simple things you can do to prevent issues around the home, such as creating a routine for checking on things like excess moisture or other factors that could point to a problem.

Often, health risks around the home can be taken care of in a way that’s environmentally friendly or more natural, and this approach can also be taken when you’re looking for ways to manage symptoms of your illness; you can find a wealth of resources on this topic at HealingCancerNaturally.

Here are a few things to be aware of around your home when it comes to health risks.

Stay on top of your HVAC maintenance

Your HVAC system needs to remain clean and in good condition in order to prevent pollutants and allergens from entering the home and circulating through the vents. Be sure to regularly change the filter, and have a professional HVAC repair company take a look when something goes wrong. Even systems that are fairly new can require maintenance on ducts, exchangers, and heat sensors, especially if you live in an area where the seasons offer extreme temperatures.

As a precaution, have the system cleaned and serviced once a year to make sure everything is in good shape. Not only will this prevent a costly, unexpected breakdown, it will ensure that the air circulating throughout your home is clean and healthy. When looking for an HVAC service, be sure to read reviews of their work and prescreen them first. You can use an online tool to help find HVAC service in your area.

Look for products that will help your family stay healthy

When it comes to making sure the air quality in your home is where it needs to be, it’s important to have the right tools. A quality vacuum cleaner can go a long way towards ensuring that pet dander, pollen, and dust don’t linger on your floors, while an air quality monitor can help you keep an eye on the pollutant levels inside your home. In order to find the best products at the best prices, read unbiased reviews online that will help you make your decision.

Use natural cleaning products

When an issue does arise in your home that could be harmful to your health, such as mold, it’s important to look for natural tools to clean the area. Chemical cleaners can be hazardous, but using simple household products like baking soda and vinegar are harmless and work just as well. In fact, you can spray down the shower and other spots where moisture accumulates with white vinegar to prevent mold from showing up since it has acetic acid that disrupts the harmful bacteria.

Clean the kitchen often

Natural cleaning products are perfect for all areas of the home, but they can be especially helpful in the kitchen. Wiping down countertops and cooking areas is important, but it’s crucial not to forget about the fridge or the fruit bowl. These spots can harbor bacteria, and for individuals who are living with cancer, this can be a major health hazard that affects the immune system and can create a number of other health issues. Wipe down the area thoroughly with a bleach/hot water mixture every two weeks, and create a food-safe cleaning routine for other areas in the kitchen to ensure that your home is as healthy as possible.

Living with cancer means you have to be especially vigilant when it comes to your health, but by using the right tools, repairing and maintaining your HVAC system and other major appliances, and using natural cleaning supplies, you can make sure your home is conducive to healing.

Have a question for Ulla Schmid? Get in touch at HealingCancerNaturally today.

Addendum by Healing Cancer Naturally

A big thanks to Lucille for a fantastically helpful article! One note to add re common bleach (sodium hypochlorite). While widely used, this compound does not come without hazards. Under certain conditions, it can generate chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) some of which are toxic and probable human carcinogens (for instance after inhalation exposure). Sodium hypochlorite also tends to form persistent chlorinated organic compounds, including known carcinogens, even during household storage.

So rather than going for bleach, personally I prefer (and would advise) relying on the natural products which have been tried and tested over generations, i.e. vinegar, distilled (white) vinegar, washing soda (sodium carbonate), baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), and lemon which also have shown antibacterial and/or antifungal activity against various pathogens. Lemon for instance is strong enough to kill the agent responsible for cholera epidemics.[1]

Additionally, while manmade disinfectants such as sodium hypochlorite tend to inactivate or kill microorganisms indiscriminately, natural products frequently leave the beneficial bacteria alone — another plus point for them.

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Also by Lucille Rosetti: Healthy Ways to Cope With Grief.

Footnotes

1 Bactericidal activity of lemon juice and lemon derivatives against Vibrio cholerae

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