According to the Environmental Protection Agency, in the average home, the quality of the indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. Pollutants from dust mites and pet dander as well as toxic chemicals, smoke, mold and building materials can get trapped and circulate throughout the home, degrade the quality of the air and pose ill-health on you and your family. In fact, poor air quality has been linked to such disorders as headaches, allergies, respiratory illnesses, asthma, endocrine disorders, internal acidity and even cancer. Therefore, to ensure the health of yourself and your family, you must continuously strive to improve the quality of the air you breathe, below are five eco-friendly ways to do so.
Clean Green: Many conventional cleaners are formulated with synthetic ingredients that clean the surface of the space while leaving behind toxins that contribute to poor air quality. Therefore, it is important that you clean your surfaces with eco-friendly products that effectively cleans without posing any negative effects.
Introduce house plants: Plants are some of nature's best air cleaners – like magic, they continuously scan the air, absorbing heavy metals and harsh chemicals while replacing them with pure oxygen. You can beautifully introduce a few houseplants into every room of the home, especially the bedrooms and bathrooms.
Improve ventilation: Improve ventilation by increasing the amount of fresh outdoor air that is brought in and allowed to circulate. You should maintain your air ducts by cleaning the filters often and open the windows when the weather allows it.
Salt lamps: Himalayan salt lamps are a type of natural ionizer that has been used for hundreds of years to improve air quality. When warmed by the light bulb, the negative ions in the lamp charges and continuously cleans the space of harsh pollutants.
Kill odors with activated charcoal: Natural activated charcoal has the ability to absorb odor causing bacteria from the air as well as heavy metals and chemical toxins. You can purchase activated charcoal sachets and place them in your bathrooms and kitchen.
By continuously implementing the five Eco-tips above, you can drastically reduce the pollutants and enhance the quality of your indoor air.
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