Clean Air In The Home: How To Keep Your Family Healthy
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According to the American Lung Association, indoor air can be more harmful than the so-called “great outdoors.” Several factors can contribute to the cleanliness of your air, from excess moisture around the sink to dust, pet dander and debris that can become clogged in the vacuum cleaner or HVAC filter and spray back into the air. That’s why it’s so important to consider these factors when you’re cleaning your home and look for ways to prevent them.
Reducing indoor pollutants can help prevent illness and will leave you and your family feeling better, making it an essential part of cleaning up.
It’s important to not only dust at least once a week, but to make sure you do it before you vacuum and to use the right tools. A dust rag will only spread allergens around, and if you have a family member who suffers from allergies, this can be a problem. Use a microfiber cloth to pick up and hold dust in, and vacuum immediately after you finish each room. Consider investing in a water filtration vacuum cleaner; these are lauded for their ability to pick up debris and filter dirt particles from the air, and they are versatile enough to be used for either wet or dry messes.
One of the best and easiest ways to reduce allergens in your home is to clean overlooked fabrics. You may have pillows on your couch, window coverings, or dish towels in the kitchen that collect dust, pet hair, and even pollen (if you open your windows on warm days), all of which can float into the air you breathe. It’s a good idea to use pillow covers, as these are easy to remove and wash. Carpets, furniture, and draperies can be steam-cleaned, which will remove dust and other debris while leaving them smelling fresh.
Add some greenery
Plants are natural air purifiers and can help bring some much-needed oxygen into your home. You don’t have to go overboard. A couple of spider plants will do the trick, and don’t worry if you don’t have much experience taking care of plants; many types are very easy to take care of and don’t require much maintenance.
Use natural cleansers
Natural cleansers are the way to go when it comes to keeping things clean and odor-free in your home. There’s no need for all those chemicals; simple hot water and vinegar can work wonders. Lemon juice is also beneficial for removing odors.
Know the signs of illness
Children and the elderly are the most susceptible to pulmonary illness, so it’s important to know the warning signs. A persistent cough that sounds like a bark, wheezing, and continuous runny noses are signs that something isn’t right. Talk to your child’s doctor about their symptoms and look for clues around the house that might help you figure out what’s going on. Homes with basements can often have trouble with mold. Contact an inspector if you suspect there is mold present.
Keeping the air in your home clean can take some hard work, but it’s essential to be as knowledgeable as possible in regards to what will work best for you and your family. Talk to your doctor if you suspect illness and keep communication open with your family members so that everyone can be on the lookout for symptoms.