Breathe Easy: How to Maintain Clean and Healthy Indoor Air

Breathe Easy: How to Maintain Clean and Healthy Indoor Air

Poor indoor air quality is an often-overlooked issue that can have significant consequences for our health and well-being. The air we breathe inside our homes can contain a cocktail of pollutants, allergens, and toxins that, over time, can lead to respiratory problems, allergies, and a range of other health issues. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to keep the air in your home clean and healthy, including using safe, natural cleaning products. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the importance of good indoor air quality and provide you with valuable tips to ensure the air you breathe is pure and fresh.

 The importance of good air quality

Before we dive into practical tips for maintaining clean indoor air, let's first understand why good air quality is essential for your health and well-being.

  • Respiratory health: Poor indoor air quality can lead to various respiratory problems, including coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. It can exacerbate conditions such as asthma and bronchitis, making it especially harmful to individuals with pre-existing lung conditions.
  • Allergies: Indoor allergens like dust mites, pet dander, and mould spores can trigger allergies in many people. Allergic reactions can range from mild discomfort to severe symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and skin rashes.
  • Long-term health risks: Prolonged exposure to indoor air pollutants has been linked to more severe health issues, including heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Now that we understand why good indoor air quality is crucial, let's explore some practical steps you can take to ensure your home's air is clean and healthy.

1. Keep your home clean

Dust and debris can accumulate in your home, becoming a breeding ground for allergens and pollutants. Regular cleaning can significantly reduce the amount of dust and dirt in your living spaces. Here are some cleaning tips to help you maintain a clean home:

  • Dust surfaces: Regularly dust surfaces, including shelves, tables, and countertops with a microfibre cloth, to prevent the build-up of dust.
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs: Use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter to efficiently remove dust and allergens from your carpets and rugs. If possible, consider removing your carpets and replacing them with tile, wood, or laminate flooring.
  • Mop hard floors: For hard floors, such as tile or wood, use a microfiber mop to trap dust and dirt effectively. It’s best to use a natural multipurpose spray when cleaning your floors and surfaces, as this will leave your home smelling lovely without leaving any chemical residue behind.
  • Clean bedding: Wash your bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and blankets, regularly to eliminate dust mites and allergens.
  • Wash curtains and blinds: Fabric curtains and blinds can trap dust and allergens. Launder them periodically to keep the air clean.
  • Remove shoes at the door: Encourage family members and guests to take off their shoes at the door to prevent outdoor pollutants from entering your home. 

2. Use non-toxic cleaning products

Many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can pollute the air in your home. Instead, opt for non-toxic cleaning products that are free of harmful chemicals and toxins. Look for brands like Averdant, that offer safe, convenient products that support wellness and sustainability, that use pure cold-pressed essential oils and plant-based extracts, and contain no chemicals, toxins, alcohol, or artificial scents. Today, you can find a wide range of natural cleaning products that help reduce allergen issues and keep your home air clean and pure, from laundry liquid and multipurpose surface sprays to linen and air sanitising sprays.

3. Control humidity

High humidity levels can create the perfect environment for mould and mildew growth, which can worsen allergies and asthma symptoms. To maintain optimal humidity levels in your home:

  • Use a dehumidifier: Invest in a dehumidifier to control excess moisture in areas prone to humidity, such as kitchens or bathrooms.
  • Fix leaks promptly: Address any leaks or water damage in your home as quickly as possible to prevent mould growth.

4. Increase ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential for improving indoor air quality. It allows fresh outdoor air to circulate while removing stale indoor air. Follow these tips to enhance ventilation in your home:

  • Open windows and doors: When weather permits, open windows, and doors to let in fresh air.
  • Use an air purifier: Consider using an air purifier equipped with a HEPA filter to remove indoor pollutants like dust, pollen, and pet dander.

5. Add air-purifying plants

Houseplants not only add a touch of greenery to your home but, according to a NASA study, they can also help improve indoor air quality. While the effectiveness of indoor plants in purifying the air has been debated, some plants have been shown to filter out specific pollutants. Consider adding the following air-purifying plants to your home:

  • Dracaena: This popular houseplant comes in various varieties and can effectively remove indoor pollutants. It’s a great fit for indoors, as it can tolerate low light.
  • Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily): Known for its elegant white flowers, the peace lily can help remove toxins like formaldehyde and benzene from the air.
  • Hedera helix (Common Ivy): Common ivy is another plant that can contribute to cleaner indoor air. It can grow in shady spots indoors as well as by a sunny window, and because it’s a climbing plant, you can train it into shapes or along trellises.
  • Sansevieria (Snake plant): Also known as mother-in-law's tongue, this is a resilient succulent and an excellent choice for beginners. It thrives in challenging environments, enduring diverse temperatures and lighting conditions with ease.

However, keep in mind that not all indoor plants are equally effective, and they may require specific care. Also, some individuals may be sensitive to mould that can develop in the soil of houseplants, so it's essential to strike a balance.

6. Take steps to control allergens

Allergens are common indoor pollutants that can negatively impact air quality and trigger allergic reactions. To manage allergens effectively:

  • Pet care: Regularly brush and bathe your pets to reduce shedding and dander in your home. Our pet-safe linen spray has fantastic natural sanitising properties that kill bacteria as well as remove pet odours.
  • Bedding maintenance: Wash bedding, including pillows and mattresses, in hot water every two weeks to eliminate dust mites. Traditional laundry liquids are chemical-based and often leave residue on linen that trigger respiratory sensitivities, so rather use a natural, plant-based alternative laundry liquid – it’s just as effective!
  • Choose hypoallergenic options: Hypoallergenic pillows and impermeable mattress covers are a great way to keep dust mites at bay.
  • Regular cleaning: Vacuum and dust your home frequently to prevent the accumulation of dust, pet dander, and dust mites.
  • Mould removal: If you detect mould growth, remove and replace affected materials as soon as possible, using appropriate cleaning solutions. 

7. Use natural essential oil scents

Commercial scented products like candles, air fresheners, and diffusers often contain harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene. These VOCs can negatively impact indoor air quality and pose health risks. Whenever possible, choose natural essential oil scents like this relaxing aromatherapy spray for a pleasant and non-toxic fragrance in your home.

Maintaining clean and healthy indoor air is crucial for the well-being of you and your family. Poor indoor air quality can lead to a range of health issues, from respiratory problems to allergies. By following the tips outlined in this guide, including regular cleaning, using non-toxic products, controlling humidity, increasing ventilation, incorporating air-purifying plants, managing allergens, and avoiding harmful scented products, you can significantly improve the air quality in your home and protect your health. Remember, the air you breathe matters, so take proactive steps to ensure it's clean and pure. Your lungs will thank you for it.

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