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Indoor air quality is a hot topic this year. The effect that indoor air quality has on allergies, asthma and sleep is well documented. What a lot of people don’t know is that indoor air can be a lot more polluted than outdoor air.
As we are spending more and more time indoors the quality of the air is becoming increasingly important. If you want to always have fresh and clean air in your house follow these simple steps:
6 Steps to Cleaner Air at Home:
Get Some Plants
A lovely excuse for some gardening! Not only are plants green and beautiful, plants naturally remove up to 87% of toxins from the air in 24 hours. They also create more breathable air by turning carbon dioxide into oxygen.
Which plants to choose? It depends on the area you live in and the humidity/temperature and how light your house is, do some research and choose the ones that will be most comfortable in your home.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a green thumb. Start with a cactus or a succulent, you only need to water it once a month.
Keep Your Home Clean
If you want to have cleaner air at home, make sure your home is always clean. All of it, even the cupboards!
You know that feeling of light air you get after a spring clean? Bring it in more often by doing a wet-clean weekly and don’t forget to move the furniture to clean under the couches and beds.
If you want to go an extra step forward, schedule a clean of your air vents and drains, this should be done at least once a year.
Open those Windows
Without proper circulation indoors can become quickly polluted. Simply open your windows and air out the house at least once a day. If you live in a polluted area, install air filters onto your air vents open and keep those open.
Leave Your Shoes at the Door
There is no need to go through a detailed rundown of everything your shoe steps on daily. Just think of all the dirt, spit, gums and harsh chemicals they are subjected to. Don’t drag that into your house.
Wiping feet on the rug only removes visible particles and unless you want to give your shoes a nice soapy bath every time you come home, switch to slippers, they are much comfier too.
Cut the Chemicals
Do you know how terrified I was after reading the ingredients of my cleaning supplies?
For a safe clean, choose products that are marked child-friendly or food-safe, or consider switching to 100% natural cleaning supplies.
This goes for pest control too. Avoid using chemical sprays to get rid of ants and flies. For larger pests make sure you use a pest control service who champion natural methods only.
Get an Air Purifier and/or (De) Humidifier
This is the only costly one. It is an investment, but an air purifier will filter your air, get rid of dust, smoke, mould spores and any other unpleasant particles that might be found in your house.
If you air is too dry or to wet, it will show on your skin, create some troubles breathing and will help unpleasant bacteria to grow in your house.
A humidifier or a dehumidifier can solve this problem quickly, if you are not sure if the humidity in your house is at a right level, contact your local health service.
Tell me what you think, what is the tip you use to have cleaner air at home that I’ve have not talked about?