05 Mar How To Improve Air Quality in Your Home!
The Growing Danger of Air Pollution: How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home
If I asked you to think of air pollution, you’d probably immediately picture somewhere outside. Maybe smog or haze lingering over a cityscape. But the reality is the air inside our homes can be just as polluted as the air outside.
Our homes are polluted with lead (found in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, and even chemicals used in conventional cleaners.
Children are especially susceptible to indoor pollutants, with the effects lasting long into adulthood. Luckily, there are some simple methods to improve the air quality in your home immediately, giving you and your family fresh, safe air to breathe.
Regularly Clean Your Floors
This is a simple method to reduce the pollution in your home. By regularly vacuuming and mopping your floors, you reduce the chemicals and allergens that have been building up in the dust for decades. This easy fix reduces toxins such as brominated fire-retardant chemicals, as well as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.
After vacuuming, mopping your floor will pick up any dust left behind. Skip the harsh cleaning chemicals and stick with plain, hot water to avoid adding more chemicals unnecessarily.
Dust mites and mold need moisture to thrive. Reducing humidity with a dehumidifier will keep these nasty pollutants under control. As well as a dehumidifier, you can help control the humidity in your home by:
- Cracking a window when cooking and bathing
- Fixing all leaky plumbing
- Avoiding overwatering houseplants
Switch to Natural Air Fresheners
Who doesn’t love the smell of lemon or pine when you walk in the door? We associated the flowery scents with being clean and fresh. But synthetic fragrances used in laundry detergents and air fresheners are actually packed with harmful chemicals.
One study found a plug-in air freshener emitted 20 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including seven found to be toxic under U.S. federal laws. However you won’t see these listed on the packaging, they simply all come under “fragrances”.
To avoid exposing your family to these harmful chemicals, and to get a natural, fresh smell throughout your home, follow these simple tips:
- Use “fragrance-free” or naturally-scented laundry detergents.
- Put a cotton ball in a small bowl of lemon essential oil to make an easy, natural air freshener for your home.
- Open the windows to let fresh air circulate.
- Stop using aerosols, furniture polish, carpet cleaners, and other synthetic products around your home.
Air Purifying Plants
According to the NASA Clean Air Study, we can improve air quality with the help of plants. The study found that certain plants absorb gases such as benzene and formaldehyde, leaving the air in your home naturally fresh and clean.
And the good news is, most air purifying plants are easy to find and look after – no green thumb needed! For a full list of the best air-purifying plants for your home, check out this in-depth post here.
Also helpful is this link: https://plantcaretoday.com/best-indoor-plants.html
By following these simple steps, you’ll drastically improve the air quality in your home. Giving you and your family the best chance of clean, fresh air.
This is a guest blog post from our friend, Kelli, a healthy lifestyle writer for groomandstyle.com !