When we think about air pollution, we tend to think of the air outside. However, research says that the indoor air quality in our homes is a real cause for concern- one that can result in asthma, allergies and if left untreated, something as serious as heart problems. Indoor air pollution can be caused by bacteria, pollen and mold- all of which are only made worse in poorly-ventilated areas. The easiest way to protect yourself and your family is to identify any potential issues, free your home from them and actively work towards cleaner air with these easy tips.
1.) Bring the Outdoors In
First and foremost, simply making an effort to open up some windows on a regular basis will allow for proper air circulation and can reduce the risk of poor air quality in your home.
2.) Grab Some Greens
Let nature do it’s thing and add a few plants to your home! In addition to taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, plants also absorb some of the not-so-good stuff from the air. In a study conducted by NASA, the Garden Mum, Spider Plant and Dracaena were all deemed great options. Bonus for those without the gift a green thumb- these natural air freshening plants are super low maintenance and actually hard to kill!
3.) Eliminate the Source.
Choosing to “not allow” certain activities in your home can go a long way when it comes to maintaining good quality air in your home. Some of the activities to put on your No Way, Jose list include: home renovation projects such as paint stripping, glueing and sanding, using aerosol air fresheners, cooking without the overhead fan on, and smoking.
4.) Clean with Caution
Keeping a clean home is hugely important when it comes to preventing unwanted contaminants from becoming problematic. Regular dusting, vacuuming, sheet changing and towel swapping play a part in keeping your home safe! When it comes to the deep cleaning, choose to purchase your cleaning supplies from brands like Method or The Honest Company. These brands exist to create safe and effective products for your homes to ensure potentially toxic chemicals don’t lurk beneath your sinks or lay in wait on any surfaces. Plus, they’re a lot easier on our environment. Win, win!Though it’s not always top of mind, the quality of the air you and your loved ones breathe day in and day out is equally as important as the the food you eat and the water you drink. With just a few simple changes you’ll be breathing easier than ever!
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