Ways To Clean The Air Inside Your Home

October 10, 2018

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he Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the air inside your home is typically more polluted than the air outside! The air inside our homes is polluted from building materials, furnishings and electronic, which can release pollutants more or less continuously. Other sources such as smoking, cleaning, air fresheners, and even malfunctioning appliances can all add to unhealthy air. So here are some ways to clean up the air in your home. When possible, open the windows. Even in the heat of summer, open the windows for just five minutes a day to alleviate the accumulation of harmful air pollutants in your indoor air. Having indoor houseplants can help improve indoor air quality. For example, spider plants are effective at reducing benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. Essential oils like eucalyptus, clove and rosemary have been proven to help reduce the number of dust mites in your house and tea tree oil can reduce airborne bacteria. As for candles, opt for beeswax. Burning pure beeswax candles create positively charged ions (like the smell before a thunderstorm). However, burning any kind of candle still sends soot up into your air. To avoid that completely, consider LED candles, which will pollute the air less and reduce the risk of a fire. Keep your pets groomed to reduce pet dander and loose hair. Finally, take your shoes off! Your shoes can pick up pesticides, pollen, fungi, bacteria or feces while out. So kick them off when inside to keep those icky items away.

SOURCE: Mother Nature Network

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