Renting a home has its pros and cons.
Pro: When something breaks, you get to call your landlord instead of making a panicked trip to Home Depot.
Con: If you get inspired and paint your bedroom purple, that same landlord is maybe gonna yell at you.
Regardless of your lease, there is one thing you can control: making sure your rented home or apartment is healthy and safe.
Here are six things you can do to make your space healthier (and cleaner!) than ever:
Neutralize unpleasant odors with bamboo charcoal, like this bamboo charcoal container. This material will naturally absorb both moisture and foul smells. This is also great for neutralizing strong cooking smells, which is a great solution if you live in a shared building.
Mold loves moisture, so it’s a common culprit found in bathroom showers. Check your shower for mold, especially in the grout in between shower tiles. Then, remove any mold you find with a tea tree oil mixture – this is a great mold killer. If you’ve got a large mold problem or smell mold in your walls it’s best to contact a professional
Put on your future-homeowner hat and give you apartment a round of inspections. Even if you don’t own your house or apartment, it’s a great habit to get into because it can shed some light on some unhealthy issues you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. Bonus: If you’re renting, you most likely won’t have to pay for any fixes you need!
Or, at least keep an extinguisher somewhere else near your kitchen and main electrical appliances. Hopefully, you’ll never need it, but just in case you one day fall asleep with something in the oven still cooking (it happens to the best of us) you won’t want to waste any time trying to find where your extinguisher is. While you’re at it, check the pressure gauge to make sure it’s not faulty.
If you have a carbon monoxide detector, that’s step one. If you don’t, you should definitely order one right away. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, tasteless deadly gas, but is easy to monitor with a detector. Test your detector and look for a sticker or label that lists the year it was purchased. If it’s ten years or older, you’ll need to get a new one.
If you aren’t taking steps to regularly remove dust from your bedroom, you may be breathing in allergens and dust mites for eight hours every night. Keep your floors clear from clutter or clothes, wash your sheets weekly and decrease the amount of surface area (read: furniture) in your bedroom. Here’s the full list of tricks to eliminate dust in your bedroom.