Healthy living: 7 great ways to keep you protected at home

Want a healthier home? Here’s how to keep it clean, safe and pollution-free all year round.

Healthy living: 7 great ways to keep you protected at home

Text by Janice Seow

Top image: A spacious and airy flat by Dots N Tots Interior

When it comes to the concept of healthy living, we often deliberate over the foods we consume, our exercise regimes, and our external environments. But the homes where we spend the most time can also significantly impact our health and wellbeing.

As we stay indoors this month, it’s time to take a hard look at our living spaces, and see how things can be improved to keep us in the best shape. The home of the future is a healthful one, and there are many ways to achieve this.

#1 Clean the air with paint

healthy living gush cair fresh
gush cair fresh paint

You can’t see them, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the home can cause ailments like eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and more. These harmful VOCs can be emitted from products like fabrics, upholstery, furniture and paint.

There are low and no-VOC paint options in the market. However, the latest cair fresh paint from gush is offering a way to actually clean the air by breaking down VOCs in your home and turning pollutants and odours safely into H₂O and CO₂. cair fresh contains zero VOCs, eliminates 99.9% of infection causing bacteria (including E. Coli and S. Aureus), is anti-moulding and odourless, and ensures that dirt and stains can be easily removed. For those concerned about healthy living, that’s great news.


#2 Good for the environment, good for you

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Montana Mini storage modules 

As mentioned, household items may be emitting harmful gases without you knowing (also known as off-gassing). A volatile organic compound (VOC), formaldehyde is among the top 25 most produced chemicals in the world and is used to make many household products. So with that in mind, it’s good to know that there are furniture brands who are just as concerned about the environment and our health as we are!

Danish company Montana is well-known for its colourful and flexible range of modular systems that can be used in a myriad ways to organise spaces. It’s also one of the first European furniture manufacturers to have received the EU Ecolabel, which focuses on the product’s entire lifecycle, from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal. Among the criteria, having this label ensures that there are tough restrictions on the use of toxic substances, and that the wood used has low emissions of formaldehyde. We do have to add that when it comes to Montana, we love their range of water-based, eco-friendly colours!

Montana is available in Singapore at Danish Design Co and Pomelo

#3 Get really clean dishes

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Fisher & Paykel Double DishDrawer™

You’ve cleaned the dishes, but are they really clean? The Fisher & Paykel Double DishDrawer™ is a world’s first in terms of design and configuration. Before washing begins, detergent passes through the world’s first flow through dispenser to ensure it is thoroughly dissolved, providing a faster, more hygienic wash with no hint of detergent burn. Importantly, the Sanitise option provides extra protection killing 99.9% of bacteria in the final rinse.

In other notable features, the Double Dishdrawer™ lets users match the wash program to the exact load type in each drawer; each drawer offers the choice of 6 programs and 3 options to minimise the water and energy usage. It also opens and closes as easily as a kitchen drawer and is conveniently positioned at bench height to minimise the need for bending.

Fisher & Paykel

#4 Keep cool, kill germs

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Dyson Pure Cool™ Me

Dyson Pure Cool™ Me is a personal air purifier fan that works harder. It doesn’t just keep you cool and comfortable, but also senses and reports particles and gases in real time, and captures 99.95% of microscopic airborne particles as small as 0.1 microns. The fan’s Dyson Core Flow™ technology creates a steady stream of purified air and allows you to direct the airflow precisely where you need it, while adjusting the dome at the top of the machine lets you precisely control the angle of the airflow.


#5 A good wash

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Bosch Series 8 washing machine

Clothes may carry harmful germs and bacteria that you come into contact with, but there are washers there to help. The ActiveOxygen technology in Bosch washing machines is designed to eliminate up to 99.99% of bacteria and germs typically found in clothing – even at low temperatures – and without any chemical additives. In addition, ActiveOxygen preserves delicate fabrics and protects their colours. Meaning your favourite clothes will be there with you for a long time.

#6 Make your own eco-friendly sanitizer

healthy living Ruhens
Ruhens WCE-200 Water Electrolyser

Hand sanitizers are hot commodities these days. For those who desire a constant supply, Ruhens offers an eco-friendly home sterilizer that can remove 99% of germs and bacteria. With just salt and water, the WCE-200 Water Electrolyser can clean  furniture, appliances, clothes and shoes. It can also sanitize hands, and remove odour from refrigerators and shoe cabinets to promote healthy living at home. As the by-product of the electrolysis process is purely electrolyzed water, no extra waste liquids or harsh chemicals are released into the environment through usage. Each batch of electrolyzed water can be made in just 1 to 3 minutes.


#7 Overall lesson – choose trusted brands

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Smartstone – Toledo Collection, Calacatta Manhattan

In practice of healthy living, always look for trusted brands that adhere to strict international health and safety standards. Do the necessary checks if you have to.

If you desire the natural stone look at home without the hassle, then check out Smartstone from Australia. Their engineered quartz material are manufactured using advanced technology to recreate the beauty of natural stone but with a stronger, more durable surface. Importantly, Smartstone surfaces are certified to have met some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of VOCs.

Smartstone is exclusively available in Singapore at Hafary

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