23,000 breaths. That’s an estimate of how many times you inhale in just one day.
Unfortunately, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in your home or office is likely to be 2-5 times (sometimes up to 100 times) more polluted than the air outside.
If you’ve got a full schedule and you’re already cooking with wholesome ingredients and making other steps toward wellness, it might feel overwhelming to try to tackle clean air. You might be wondering if little changes will make a difference and if it’s really worth the effort. The answer? YES.
It took awhile for me to find room in the family budget to purchase the best large room air purifier, so while I was waiting I researched and implemented several inexpensive strategies to improve indoor air quality. In this article I’ll share how to Make sure your Home Air is clean.
Why you need to make sure the air is clean?
The most common pollutants are:
- Flame retardant particles are highly toxic (especially to children)
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’S) like formaldehyde and benzene
- Mold spores, dust, pollen, pet dander
- Bacteria and viruses
Make sure your Home Air is clean
1. Open windows
Why you need to open windows? First, the indoor air is 5 times more polluted than outdoors. You are not hearing wrong. Five times.
If too little outdoor air enters a home, pollutants can accumulate to levels that can pose health and comfort problems. Unless they are built with special mechanical means of ventilation, homes that are designed and constructed to minimize the amount of outdoor air that can ‘leak’ into and out of the home may have higher pollutant levels than other homes. However, because some weather conditions can drastically reduce the amount of outdoor air that enters a home, pollutants can build up even in homes that are normally considered ‘leaky.’”
Fortunately, according to the EPA, one inexpensive way to improve indoor air quality is through natural ventilation – aka turning off the A/C and opening up the windows as often as possible. (EPA) It may also be helpful to turn on fans as well to help the indoor/outdoor air circulate better.
2. Reduce the chemicals in your home
There are lots of situations you need to use the chemicals in your home. But you should know one thing, you can use the non-chemical as an alternative. That’s right.
For example, when you clean your home, instead of using chemicals, you can use the green products to save the environment in your home. Vinegar and baking soda are two things to clean mold, if you want to know why, read this article.
3. Grow some plants
A study done by NASA found that in addition to absorbing CO2 and releasing oxygen, plants improve indoor air quality by removing organic pollutants like volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), which have been linked to cancer and many other health issues.
So don’t hesitate anymore, grab some new air purifying plants in your home right now, mommy!
4. Use A Doormat
According to an EPA report called The Doormat Study, lead-contaminated soil tracked into the home is the source of almost all the lead dust inside homes. Removing shoes at the door reduced lead dust by 60 percent over a five month period, but using a doormat and then removing shoes at the door reduced indoor lead dust by 98.5%. (EPA)
Using a doormat may also help reduce the amount of pesticides and other contaminants tracked into the home, and make you smile.
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