Easy ways to clear your indoor air Getting cleaner, healthier air in your home doesn’t have to be a major project or big expense
According to the EPA, most of us spend about 90 percent of our time indoors. And although there are plenty of laws and regulations about outdoor air pollution, most of us don’t give a second thought to the air in our homes.
But we should: “… a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors,” advises the EPA.
You could choose to invest in an air purifier or filter, but getting significantly cleaner, healthier air in your home doesn’t have to come from making big changes or even spending any money. Starting with the simplest idea:
Air out your home regularly: How often you should do this really depends on your heating system. Airing out the house involves a five- to 10-minute purge of the air in your home by opening the front and back doors (and storm doors) and letting in the fresh air from outdoors. As mentioned above, even in cities, outdoor air is cleaner than indoor, and apartment dwellers can do this too, by opening up windows on opposite sides of the apartment. Of course you can just open one window or door, but using two will create an airflow and will change the air more efficiently. It’s amazing how much fresher and better your home smells when you regularly air it out.
Use toxin-free, all-natural cleaning products: Many cleaners include chemicals that release VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) into your indoor air. In most homes, VOC’s are two to five times higher than outdoor air, and can be up to 25 times higher in cabinets where cleaning products are kept. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, “The best health protection measure is to limit your exposure to products and materials that contain VOCs when possible.” In the short-term, VOC’s can make asthma worse, irritate the eyes and throat, and can cause headaches and dizziness. Long-term effects include liver and kidney damage, and VOC’s are considered carcinogens. Switch to natural brands, especially for those cleaning products
that you use regularly, like countertop sprays and bathroom scrubs.
Get a couple of easy-care plants: There are a host of plants that not only look good, but actually pull toxins from the air.
Go smoke free: If anyone is still smoking inside your home (even if it’s you!) get them outdoors, pronto (and be sure they smoke away from windows and doors). Carcinogens and particulates from secondhand smoke will hang around long after the butts are disposed of.
Skip the air freshener: Most air fresheners contain VOC’s and contribute to poor indoor air quality. While you’re at it, skip the scented candles, too. Instead, try dabbing lavender, lemon, eucalyptus or orange oil in the corners of rooms (try dropping the oil into rugs, the corners of mattresses, on curtains and into the edges of the upholstery). You also can fill an old spray bottle with 2 cups water to 10 drops of essential oil, and spray it around the house.
Clean your pet’s bed: Pet hair and dander can add allergens and particulates, including dust, to your indoor air.
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