Jul 17 2010

Simple Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

As you may have heard, the air inside our homes is more toxic than the air outside. Even with all those diesel trucks and smoke stacks, we have the most pollution inside, where we spend 90% of our time.

For those of us with small children it’s particularly disconcerting. Especially when you consider they breathe much faster than adults – inhaling 50% more air per pound of body weight.

Here is a quick list of easy ways to clean up your indoor air quality.

1) Take your shoes off at the door – leave pesticides and chemicals behind.

2) Avoid Carpet and opt for washable rugs instead.

3) Use natural remedies to make your house smell nice; baking soda for stains, essential oils for scent. Organic, soy or beeswax candles with essential oils are nice, but avoid most scented candles which will only bring more pollutants into your home.

4) Open your windows to get ventilation.

5) Put at least one house plant in every room.

6) Use ‘green’ cleaning products, or better yet, make your own.

7) Avoid aerosols that leave toxic solvents in the air long after you spray.

Keep humidity low. Put dehumidifiers in damp rooms like the basement and keep the shower door open after you shower.

This is a quick reference. There are many other ways to keep toxins to a minimum in your home, but in an effort not to overwhelm anyone, I’m just offering some quick and effective solutions to maintaining a healthy home.

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