Home might feel like the safest place in the world, but actually, many dangers can be lurking within. From dangerous power tools to chemicals, sharp knives and hot cookers, it’s no wonder more accidents happen at home compared with anywhere else. However, one thing that can be really harmful to your health that many homeowners overlook is the quality of the air. All kinds of chemicals and toxins can build up and be really bad for our breathing and bodies in general. We are known as the ‘indoor generation’- we all spend far more time indoors than our parents, grandparents and great grandparents ever did. But could indoor air be poisoning you? We can’t overlook something like indoor air quality. Here are some of the ways you can avoid this.
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Open the windows
The first step is really simple- just open the windows! Get used to airing out your home on a daily basis, it can be a bit of a pain if it’s cold outside but it’s so worth it. Give your home a quick ten minute clean each day and open the windows wide as you do it, by the time you're finished you’ll have let the stale air out and the fresh air in. Your house will feel fresher, smell nicer and you’ll clear out many of the pollutants that can build up.
Use natural cleaners
The very things we use to clean our homes to keep them safe and germ free could actually be contributing to the toxic air. Many cleaners are full of really harsh ingredients that are bad for us when they’re breathed in. You always have the option to make your own cleaning products out of simple ingredients like lemons, vinegar and baking soda. But if that sounds like a hassle, just purchase natural cleaners from the supermarket. There’s loads of them about these days, they can cost a little more but it’s worth it if you’re concerned about your health.
Be wary of pest control
Pests are every homeowners nightmare, and sometimes they find their way in despite our best efforts. Your first thought might be to buy some rat or slug poison or ant killer, or for more serious problems get a pest control company in to spray their harsh chemicals. However, there are alternatives. Do some research into chem-free pest control and see if this is something that could work for you.
Buy an air purifier
An air purifier will remove allergens and toxins from the air, and act as a ‘safety net’ for any chemicals that are still in the air when you put the above things into practice. They’re not too expensive and are well worth the money spent.
Changer your air filter
Be on schedule or early when it comes to changing the air filters in your vents or heating and cooling system. If you have pets, if your neighborhood is having construction, if you are remodeling or painting, these are all reasons to change the filter sooner rather than later.
Maybe you already have health issues that are aggravated by things like mold, dust, smoke and other household toxins. Or you might be pregnant and worried about the health effects on a baby. Do what you can to keep the indoor air at a good quality.
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