7 Tips To Stay Healthy During Monsoon In Mumbai
Mumbai is welcoming rains with an open smile. While the rain washes away the dirt and the pollution in the city, it also brings a host of new germs and bacteria. That’s why it’s important to pay extra attention to cleanliness in monsoon.
Monsoon Mania In Mumbai
Apart from the rise in the number of viral infections, monsoon also sees the menace of mosquitoes and flies increasing. If you are not careful, the increase in humidity could also mean that dampness in your home could become a breeding ground for fungus. If you want to survive Mumbai’s monsoon while maintaining a healthy environment around, make sure you follow the following tips:
1. Get Silicon Gel
Go to your nearest general store and get tiny silica gel pouches to keep in your closet. Silica gel packets usually come in handy for packaging shoes and electronic appliances; so if you’re ordering any of those, you’ll get silica gel pouches in them as well.
It’s an excellent drying agent that helps you get rid of unwanted moisture. It’s a cost-effective way of keeping fungus at bay.
2. Let The Sun Shine Bright
Whenever it is sunny, open your curtains to let sunshine into your home. Keep all your clothes and footwear in the range of sunlight. It is a natural disinfectant that will help in removing the dampness as well as the typical musty smell from everywhere around your house.
If you are not lucky enough to have sunlight enter your house, iron your clothes after you’ve let the clothes dry for about 8-9 hours.
3. Buy Your Veggies Carefully
The damp environment in monsoon is suited for the germs that can cause diarrhea, typhoid, dysentery and many other diseases. Leafy vegetables post excellent hosts to many types of worms, so it is best to avoid them in monsoon. If you need to buy them, make sure you wash them thoroughly.
Ice cold water works well for killing worms in cabbage and lettuce while salt and running water are preferable to clean tomatoes, brinjals and herbs. Before you keep your veggies in the refrigerator, clean them with a towel to dry them up well. Also, avoid using pre-cut fruits or vegetables for cooking.
4. Wash Your Hands And Feet Frequently
If you’ve been out during a heavy downpour, make sure you wash your hands with an antiseptic soap as soon you get back home. Try to carry hand sanitizers wherever you go. Similarly, scrub your feet well to get rid of any unwanted bacteria. In fact, it is the best to take a hot water shower after getting drenched in the rain.
Getting soaked in the rain causes your body temperature to drop, so hot water will help in bringing it back to normal. Keeping hands and feet clean also helps in controlling the spread of bacteria and viruses.
5. Get Mosquito Repellent Sprays And Coils
You may want to let the cool breeze flow through your windows, but along with it, comes the menace of mosquitoes. Stagnant water is a favorable breeding ground for mosquitoes, so make sure you scrub your bathrooms and kitchen sinks clean.
Invert extra vases or pots in your balcony, so that water does not get collected there. Even after taking these precautions, you will have mosquitoes buzzing around your house. So, stock up on those mosquito repellent creams, mosquito and insect killer sprays and coils.
6. Use Anti-Fungal Soap And Talcum Powder
Humidity can cause sweat and other toxins to accumulate in your skin folds. So it is important to maintain a good level of personal hygiene during the monsoon.
Shower twice every day and for added protection, use anti-fungal soaps and talc. They will ensure that your skin remains dry.
7. Wash Your Hair More Often
After getting drenched in the rain, it is advisable to use a mild shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair. Chemicals in rainwater can damage your hair, so it is best to wash them away as soon as possible. In general, monsoon will also make your scalp more sticky. So, make it a part of your monsoon routine to wash your hair at least thrice every week.
Tired of the frizz that your hair catches in the monsoon? Precondition your hair before shampooing by applying coconut oil. It helps in taming the frizziness. Also, avoid using hair styling products that use heat on hair. They will lead to an increase in frizz and split ends.
How do you take care of yourself during monsoon in Mumbai? Give some tips and suggestions in the comments section below.
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