We all like a home that smells nice. Some choose to light a candle with a sugar and spice scent, others prefer the air freshener that smells like the great outdoors. Unfortunately, most of us do not realize what these fragrances and products are truly doing to our air.
Clean air is getting harder and harder to come by these days. Outside pollution from cars and buildings effect fresh clean air outside, but did you know studies are showing that indoor air is more toxic to us today than ever before.
We keep our homes air tight and then we use cleaning products and fragranced air fresheners that are filled with what is known as VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). These compounds- toxic VOCs can produce a range of health effects, including eye, nose, and throat irritation, nausea and headaches, and even damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system, says the EPA.
If you are curious what products are the most toxic please visit www.ewg.org. Today, we are going to discuss five simple ways you can improve the air quality in your home.
5 Steps to Clean Air
Step #1: Keep your floors clean- Floors attract and collect dust, dirt, pollen, pet dander, dust mites and more. Vacuuming your floors several times a week will help keep the floors clean by removing much of that which is brought into the home.
A door mat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home. If the mat is big enough, even those who don’t wipe their shoes will leave most pollutants on the mat — not the floors in your home.
Last, but not least make sure to mop your floors to remove anything left behind after vacuuming. It is not necessary to use toxic chemicals when mopping your floors- water and vinegar work nicely, if you prefer a nice scent use something all natural like lemon essential oil.
Step #2: Healthy level of humidity- Keeping the humidity in your home around 30-50% helps keep dust mites, mold and other allergens under control. Depending on where you live a dehumidifier or air conditioner during the summer months may help reduce moisture in the home. Cracking a window when cooking, running the dishwasher or bathing may help, as well as, venting the clothes dryer outside.
Step #3: No smoking or candles inside- Every time a cigarette or candle is lit it is emitting air pollutants into your home. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Research shows that secondhand smoke increases a child’s risk of developing ear and respiratory infections, asthma, cancer, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Candles especially paraffin-based emit toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene. Frequently lighting candles in an unventilated space could lead to problems and my aggravate asthma, allergy-like symptoms, and/or irritate the respiratory tract.
Step #4: Nature indoors- Whether you open the windows and let the air circulate or you add house plants to your home, research shows you need to let nature in to have cleaner air. NASA found in the late ’80’s that several plants actually filter out common VOCs and are an excellent way to improve indoor air quality.
Step #5: Smell good naturally- We live in a synthetic, toxic world and to many these smells correlate with clean. As we discovered in Tip #26 many of the products that we use to clean are full of harmful toxins. It is just as important to read the labels on any air fresheners or plug ins as it is your laundry detergent.
Want a home that smells good?
Use natural cleaning products that leave your home smelling nice and fresh. Cooking from scratch leaves an amazing scent. Need a little more? Make you own household sprays with your favorite essential oils or even better diffuse essential oils to receive an amazing scent from nature that may also clean your air too.
Putting It All Together
Living a proactive lifestyle means not covering up and breaking down the world around us. It means we take that extra step to make our world or in this case our home a better place.
Tip #22 was getting to the roots and toxins are often a big part of the root problem. If we cover up a dirty home or an odor with more toxins are we helping the problem or causing more problems.
Taking the time to follow the 31 Tips: Living a Proactive Lifestyle will help you make little changes like ditching the candles and replacing with a diffuser. You might just find having cleaner air in your home helps you family stay above the wellness line and you more energy to do the things you love to do.
If you are interested in finding out how proactive you are currently living, then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to discover your Wellness Score.
Our Growing E-Course has great tools and recommendations to help you on your wellness journey. We have several days that will help you in replacing toxic chemicals in your home with more natural products. We have great DIY recipes including diffuser recipes to keep your home smelling clean and fresh naturally. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.