Make your home smoke-free
Smokers may find it hard to quit smoking abruptly, but making the home a smoke-free zone may be easier to do. Smoking is hazardous to the health and second-hand cigarette smoke is found to be even more dangerous.
More than 4000 chemicals are passed on to people inhaling the smoke and these pose several health risks especially to children. If you find it really challenging to not smoke at home, at least, do it outdoors—perhaps in the patio or the open garage area—where smoke can more easily escape into the thin air and not circulate to the rest of your diy room decor.
Cigarette smoking is not the only culprit; candles and wood-burning fireplaces also release pollutants that worsen air quality that triggers health problems. To provide a remedy, in this case, use only nontoxic candles like unscented soy varieties and cured or dried wood instead of pressure-treated wood in the fireplace. Someone at home should also be in charge of cleaning the chimney.
Spray a fragrance-free air freshener
Many air fresheners that are available on the market contain fragrances which may do more harm than good. These fragrances contain petroleum products that impact the human’s health adversely. If you’re spraying air freshener, make sure that it’s made of natural products that contain zero synthetic scents.
A clean home does not necessarily have to smell like artificial lemon, pine, or orange. Find sliced lemons and baking soda in the kitchen for a more natural smell that won’t hurt your health and your budget. Other options are to simmer a pot of cinnamon and cloves and turn vaporizers with pure essentials oils on to make the house smell nice, clean and fragrant.
Use a humidifier or air purifier
Using a humidifier or air purifier becomes a must no matter what season it is in a year. To reduce moisture in the air indoors, keeping a filtered air conditioner at almost all times of the day makes a huge difference. Make sure to also check and replace the filters in your heating/cooling system to minimize contaminants in the air.
If you’re worried about the surge in electric bills, running ceiling fans to keep air circulating or using an exhaust fan especially when cooking or bathing are good alternatives.
Adding indoor plants will also aid in fighting against air pollution. These houseplants can act as good accents that lend natural beauty to a home.
Vacuum all the way
Hiring a pro to vacuum your flooring and carpets is optional. If you think you can do this simple chore, using a vacuum cleaner to clean the edges of all rooms in the house, walls, furniture and fixtures, and just about everywhere dust accumulates should be part of your regular cleaning routine. Two or more times a week of vacuuming will improve indoor air quality and help to reduce indoor pollutants as well.
Mop all the way
House cleaning is not an easy feat. Mopping and picking up the dust are great solutions to capture traces of allergens in the atmosphere. With the mix of plain water and vinegar or baking soda, you can clean surfaces and make them look spotless in no time. Be careful in choosing the type of material of the mop fiber and the rug to use.
Air pollution is everywhere now and it does not mean that you’re safe from it when indoors. Your home is your personal sanctuary and it needs nurturing and proper maintenance to keep you safe from volatile chemicals and all residues of air pollution. With these five tips, you can begin planning on how to improve your home and improve air quality.
Kimberly Marie Gayeta (Kimmy) is a Public Relations Officer with a Degree in Mass Communication, an online Marketing Representative for Eurotowers International Inc. and a firm believer of getting the best out of every experience.