With any enclosed environment, dust and other types of pollution build up quickly in the air. In fact, you will find that there is a lot more dust inside than out because there is nowhere for it to escape. Having polluted air in your home can cause allergies, rashes, and colds. Read this article to learn how to improve the air quality in your home so it will not only look cleaner but you will feel healthier too.
1. Vacuum more than your floor
We all know that vacuuming and sweeping is important because floors can often harbour dust and mites. Often your furniture, shelves, curtains and window sills are overlooked but these can be the biggest causes of indoor pollution if not kept cleaned too.
2. Keep mats by the door
Keep mats near all the entrances so people will wipe their feet when they enter and more dust will not be brought inside. Make sure to clean the mats regularly.
3. Take the smokes outside
If you smoke, live with someone who does or you have friends that do, politely encourage taking it outside. We all know second hand smoke is bad for your health but did you know that the smell will actually attach to your clothes and furniture and will linger for several weeks? You may not even be able to smell it but others will. Smoke can also cause damage to the house itself, like the paint on walls and ceilings, if it is done too often inside.
4. Keep it natural
While deodorants and sprays may smell nice, they have a lot of chemicals that release into the air when you use them. Try looking for naturally scented or fragrance-free when it comes to cleaning and beauty products.
5. Keep doors and windows open
Your home will feel much more fresh if you let new air in and keep the rooms ventilated.
6. Keep indoor plants
Not only will the addition of plants in your home make it look great, they are also natural air purifiers and will improve the smell and air quality in your home. Make sure if you have children or pets that you get a non-toxic variety.
If you follow the steps in this article, your home will be cleaner and smell fresher but more importantly; you and your family will feel healthier and happier.
Do you remember to follow these tips in your home? Or do you have any tips not mentioned here for great air quality?
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