Thursday, June 15, 2017

Family & Consumer Sciences Newsletter – June 2017

June is National Healthy Homes Month!

What is a Healthy Home? Well, some things that may come to mind are cleanliness, well organized, appliances and fixtures working properly, and a home free of toxic smells or odors, such as cigarette smoke. These are all good points. So, how can you tell if your home is healthy and why does it matter? A home can support the health of your family as much as a healthy lifestyle and diet. It’s important for people of all ages to know how to make their home safe and healthy for their own health concerns. It is always worth taking the time to make the place you call home a healthier and safer place to live. Here are some simple steps to get you started!

Keep it DRY
Damp homes provide an environment for dust mites, roaches and molds. All of these can cause or worsen asthma. In addition, moisture can damage the building materials in your home.
Levels of contaminants such as lead, radon, carbon monoxide, asbestos, secondhand smoke, and other chemicals are often much higher indoors.
Exposure to pests such as roaches and rodents can trigger an asthma attack.
Keep it SAFE
Injuries such as falls, burns, and poisonings occur most often in the home, especially with children and seniors.
Keep it CLEAN
Clean homes reduce pest infestation and exposures to contaminants.
Poorly maintained homes are at risk for moisture, pest problems, and injury hazards. Deteriorated lead-based paint is the primary cause of children being harmed by lead.
Having a good fresh air supply to your home is important to reduce exposure to indoor air pollutants and to increase respiratory health.
Homes that do not have balanced and consistent temperatures may place your family at increased risk from exposure to extreme cold, heat, or humidity.

Good health starts at your home. Learn as much as you can about home health and safety, and get your family involved.

The Healthy Homes Initiative offers interactive workshops that focus on how to create and maintain healthy homes. Call the local Extension office at 662-773-3091 or visit to request more information or a workshop in your area.

To request a Healthy Homes Initiative workshop for your community or organization go to:

There is an app for that!  Get the new Healthy Homes Basics app today!
  • Download the app to learn more: 
  • or 
  • ·Connect to resources you need 
  • ·Take quizzes to test your awareness 
  • ·Check each room in a house

The Healthy Homes Basics app offers practical how-to guidance on how to have a safe and healthy home, right at your fingertips. The app offers introductory information and guidance for consumers by teaching the “Principles of a Healthy Home”. For those users more familiar with healthy homes concepts, the app features detailed information by topic.

Green Cleaning Recipes-Healthy alternatives for day-to-day cleaning:

2 tablespoons borax
¼ cup vinegar
2 cups hot water

Combine the borax and vinegar with the water in a spray bottle. Use like any commercial all-purpose cleaner.

All-Purpose Cleaner
2 tablespoons borax
¼ cup vinegar
2 cups hot water

Mix borax and vinegar with water in a spray bottle.

Baking soda:
Helps to clean and deodorize,
will act as a scouring agent, polisher, stain remover and fabric softener. Use to clean plastic, vinyl, carpet, silver, stainless steel and drains.

Helps to clean and deodorize. Use on wallpaper, painted walls and floors. Use it with your detergent to remove stains and boost cleaning power.

Helps remove stains, wax build-up and mildew. Use to clean windows, fireplaces, grout, paintbrushes, glass and coffee pots. May damage acid sensitive surfaces, so test on a small area first.

Upcoming Happenings from the Family & Consumer Science program at your Winston County Extension Office:

Tuesday, June 13 at 11:00 - Red Hills Senior Enrichment Organization will meet and all are invited. Mr. George Mitchell will be our featured guest. Please bring a covered dish for a pot luck lunch.

Monday, June 19 at 4:00 – The Coalition for a Healthy Winston County will meet and Tracy Gregory will present a lesson on “Good Health Starts at Home, Asthma and Allergies”. The public is invited to attend.


  • 4-H Painting Workshop, Monday, June 26 at 1:00-3:00 – Age 6 and up. 
  • Project: 8x10 Button Tree Canvas 
  • Cost: $5.00 will cover supplies and snacks 
Please call 773-3091 to pre-register. Must pay fee to be considered registered. Space is limited.
  • Healthy Cooking-this is a two (2) day workshop, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 27 & 28 – Age 8 and up - Cost: $10 will cover food and supplies. Must pay fee to be considered registered. Space is limited. 
  • Day 1, June 27 at 1:00-3:00- We will learn how to prepare and serve food safely and how to set a table as well as table etiquette. 
  • Day 2, June 28 at 10:00-1:00 - We are going to cook a healthy meal and learn why it is important to eat healthy! 
Healthy Home workshop for Kids, Thursday, June 29 at 1:00-3:00 – Age 8 and up.

Clothing Selection and Personal Hygiene, Friday, June 30 at 1:00-3:00 – Age 10-18

*Note-youth must be pre-registered by Friday, June 23 to attend any of these workshops. 662-773-3091.

Making the Best, Better!

Learn by Doing!

                                                                                                               ton County Extension Office
155 Vance Street
Louisville, MS  39339