Monday, March 12, 2012

The air in there ...

By "in there," I mean "in your home."

Did you know that indoor air pollution has been shown to be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air pollution? Reasons for this include our use of heavy cleaning chemicals, "off-gassing" by the materials in newer homes and in our furniture and the stuff we track into our homes on the bottom of our shoes.

When all this stuff comes in, it stays in. Particularly in the winter, when we seal our homes up tight to protect against the chill. The results? Headaches, stuffy noses, fatigue and in some cases, a severe overall sickness called "sick building syndrome."

So, what can we do to clean up our indoor air?
- Open windows. Half an hour a day will help your home breathe - and release a lot of the yuckiness that is indoor air pollution.
- Invest in a few house plants. Spider plants and golden pothos have both been scientifically proven to help clean up both carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, but really, any plants you bring in will help clean your air.
- Consider non-toxic cleaning products. 
- Take off your shoes when you're in your house. You won't track in the dirt, dust and particulates that can accumulate over time on your floors and in your carpets.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

No need to do all of these at once - pick one that looks appealing and just get started! Living a healthier, happier life is all about taking it one step at a time :)

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