Do you often suffer from cold, itching and allergies? You might not realise it, but the problem could be the air inside your home. Indoor air pollution is something we all acknowledge at some level but don’t do anything about. This might be a little difficult to believe but the air inside your house is 5 times more polluted than outside, and it’s time you do something about it.
What is Indoor Air Pollution?
Indoor air pollution refers to physical, chemical, and biological contamination of indoor air. It can adversely affect your health which may result in eye and throat infection on a short-term basis but on a long-term basis, it may result in respiratory diseases and even cancer. Indoor air pollution is more harmful than outdoors because we spend a significant amount of our time inside our home.
So, to make sure your home is always on the fresher side of smells, try combating indoor air pollution with these simple tips:
How to Prevent Indoor Air Pollution:
Ventilation: This is the most common cause of indoor pollution. While cleaning, cooking, doing laundry, we pollute the air inside our home in different ways. Your house must be airy and should allow easy passage of air so that the polluted indoor air can be diluted by the outside air. Open the windows every few hours and let the fresh air flood the indoors so that any pollutants that may have gathered inside can flow out. Your gas stove should be well-ventilated.
No Smoking: We’ve all heard about Second Hand Smoking, that is if you are a non-smoker, but if you inhale the smoke, you are in as much grave danger as the smoker. But, third-hand smoking is the killer you might not have heard of. The residual gas particles from a smoke stay in the air for far longer than you think and pose great health hazards.
How to deal with it? Stop smoking. That’s the best you can do for yourself, and everyone who breathes the air around you but if you can’t, smoke outdoors. So, smoking indoors is a huge no-no because you’re basically taking everyone around you to the grave a little early.
Clean your Home: If you find a foul smell, don’t mask it, clean it. Find the source of the smell and clean that area. Don’t let stale food stay in the fridge. Don’t let garbage gather in or around your house. Clean your laundry, don’t let it pile up. Don’t let the dust settle. Use different footwear inside the house, so that the dirt doesn’t travel inside. Vacuum your floors, all the corners and crevices frequently. The cleaner your surroundings, your home, the cleaner is the air you breathe.
Cleaning Products: Most of the cleaning products we use are full of numerous chemicals that affect our health greatly. Detergents, floor cleaning acids, mosquito repellants and several other such things pollute the air inside our home. If the use cannot be limited, make sure that you are using the safest possible variant and ventilating your house to prevent any possible hazards. Most importantly, don’t let dirty water stay in or around your house. It attracts various insects and mosquitos that are very dangerous. Seal the cracks in order to avoid pests to limit the use of pesticides. Avoid carpets or clean them religiously.
Avoid Synthetic Fragrances: You’d think air fresheners are the answer to a fresh atmosphere? Sorry to burst your bubble, but these air fresheners, scented candles, perfumes, etc have several chemicals that mix with the air which is very harmful to our health. You’d hardly find full disclosure on such products because they are mostly laden with chemicals. Limit or stop the use of hair sprays and heavily scented perfumes. It’s better to use no-fragrance products or those with natural fragrances. Cover scented candles with a lid. Use natural things to freshen the air, like a plate full of sliced lemon.
Place Air-filtering House Plants: Houseplants help clearing the air inside your house. Not only do they absorb the carbon dioxide and provide oxygen, but also filter out the harmful chemicals present in the air. You don’t have to have a full garden, just a few potted plants will do. One of the most popular air-filtering plants is Aloe Vera. Also, Indian Basil, Peace Lily etc are also some popular houseplants that filter out the dust and provide you with fresher air.
Try these simple steps and if you need any more options on how to combat indoor air pollution, ask me in the comments!
So, how fresh is the air inside your home? What are your go-to solutions for clean fresh air in your home? Let me know in the comments!
Until Next Time,
Be kind to one another.