With summer allergies in full swing and a global pandemic still on the rise, we know many of you may be concerned about the quality of air in your home. Did you know that the EPA says indoor air is generally more polluted than outdoor air? Pretty wild, isn’t it? Your indoor air can be polluted through a myriad of ways. Building materials, furnishings, and electronics can release pollutants semi continuously. Other occasional events, like smoking, cleaning, or renovating, can release pollutants intermittently.
We’ve got a whole slew of ideas for you ranging from quick fixes to more elaborate habits you can build into your routine for a cleaner home. Make a few adjustments today and breathe easy!
Tips for Purifying Your Air:
- Dust frequently and minimize dust-gathering clutter.
- Vacuum floors and carpets often, using a HEPA filter.
- Vacuum mattresses every two weeks, use allergy-proof mattress covers and wash all bedding in hot water every week.
- As much as we love them, try to limit the amount of burning candles or wood fires.
- Use exhaust fans that vent outside when cooking! No exhaust fan? Open a window and use a small fan to move air outdoors. Use cooking oils with higher smoke points as well for additional precaution.
- Resist smoking indoors.
- Run the fan in the "auto" mode when using the A/C. Continuous "on" operation of the fan will raise the humidity and may lead to mold growth.
- Move chemicals, solvents, glues or pesticides away from living spaces.
- When craving a new scent in the air, use an essential oil diffuser! Unfortunately, scented air freshener will not clean your air, but can actually release more potentially harmful chemicals into your home.
- Opt for beeswax candles
- Take your shoes off as soon as you get home, and leave them by the door. We can gather plenty of pollutants as we travel about, and we unfortunately bring them home with us via our feet!
- Keep your pets groomed to avoid excess dander.
- Clean with Nontoxic chemicals, rooted in organic ingredients. Our Household Oxi Booster pods can be great for cleaning surfaces throughout the home, and acts as a natural alternative to bleach!
- Act quickly to get rid of mold whenever it is discovered.
- Air out new furniture! Manufactured pieces often carry various pollutants within their fabric and cushioning. Let anything new air out for 24 hours before bringing it inside, if you’re able!
For more in depth information on air purification as it pertains to COVID19 check out this report from the CDC. Still wanting to take the additional step to purify your home air? Here are some recommendations for air purifiers you may want to look at!