June is National Healthy Homes Month

From Winston County Extension Service


What is a Healthy Home? Well some things that may come to mind are well-organized appliances and fixtures working properly, and a home free of toxic smells or odors, such as cigarette smoke. Theses 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 age 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 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 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 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 led.


Having a good fresh air supply to your home is important to reduce exposure to indoor air pollutants and increase respiratory health.


Homes that do not have balanced and consistent temperature may place your family at increased risk from exposure to extreme cold, heat, or humidity.

Good health starts at 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 http://extension.msstate.edu/hhi to request more information or workshop in your area.

To request a Healthy Homes Initiative workshop for your community or organization go to: http://extension.msstate.edu/content/hhi-request-class

There is an app for that! Get the new Healthy Homes Basics app today

• Download the app to learn more: https://itunes.apple.com or https://play.google.com/store

• Connect to resources you need

• 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 apps offer 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 of vinegar

2 ups of hot water

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

All-Purpose Cleaner

2 tablespoons borax

¼ cup vinegar

2 cups of 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.

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

Vinegar: 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.

Quick Bites & More

Quick Bites Programs are offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service and provide information in a wide variety of topics through interactive video. The programs are held during lunch (12-) on Thursdays. Sessions will be held in Bost 409 for those who are on campus. Contact your county office to participate via interactive video.

June 22, 2017

Etsy Shops: What You Need to Know

Lauren Colby Lindley- Extension Instructor- Center for Technology Outreach

Like to support small businesses or looking to sell items online? Etsy.com is an e-commerce website that allows consumers and sellers to interact online via virtual storefronts with everything from vintage & homemade products to art & and photography to woodwork & personalized clothes. Become and Etsy buyer & seller.

June 29, 2017

Control Fall Armyworms in Hayfield and Pastures

Dr. Blake Layton- Extension Research Professor- Entomology & Plant Pathology

Fall armyworms are serious but sporadic pests of Bermuda grass hayfields throughout Mississippi. Learn how to scout for and control these and other insect pests of hayfields and pastures.

County office may sign up for these programs by going to http://techoutreach.msucares.com/distance-education to use the online county sign up system, or email us at DistanceEd@msstate.edu, or call our office

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

Monday June 19 at 4:00 – The Coalition for 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 a 1:00-3:00 – Age 6 and up

Project: 8×10 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 – Ages 10-18

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