Tips for Reducing In-Home Air Pollution

Tips for Reducing In-Home Air Pollution

You expect your home to be a relaxing respite from the stress of the day. You also want it to be the last place in the world where you and your family have to worry about staying healthy. One key to ensuring that your interiors are good for your body is to cut down on sources of in-home pollution.

Vacuum Often

One major source of pollution inside the home is dust, which can waft in every time you open a door or seep in through vents or open windows. Wiping surfaces like tabletops and counters or using a broom does not eliminate piles of dust but simply moves them about, often to the floor, where they can still pose pollution hazards. The best way to eliminate dust, as well as pollen and mold, is to vacuum all surfaces and floors often. You especially want to do this if you have a pet that can leave dander on your carpets, floors and sofas.

Eliminate Unpleasant Odors

When you smell a bad odor, your first response should not be to try to cover it up with air fresheners, scented candles or other fragrances because these can trigger asthma. Instead, look for the source of the odor, which can range from something easy to eliminate, such as some fallen food or a dead animal to something that requires professional remediation as a health hazard, such as mold.

Cleaners that are harsh, solvent-based or with strong odors may be effective at cutting grease and dirt away, but only because they consist of chemicals that may add to indoor pollution. Minimizing or eliminating such cleaners is the only way to avoid their potential health hazards.

Look to the Feet

Much of the dirt and debris that is found in a home enters when it is tracked in on the bottom of your shoes. Adding mats at every entrance gives you someplace to reduce the dirt by walking or stomping it off. In addition, removing your shoes at the door can prevent whatever dirt that remains from entering the home, which will help keep your floors cleaner and your spaces pollution free.

Minimize Harsh Cleaners

Cleaners that are harsh, solvent-based or with strong odors may be effective at cutting grease and dirt away, but only because they consist of chemicals that may add to indoor pollution. Minimizing or eliminating such cleaners is the only way to avoid their potential health hazards. Homemade cleaners made from baking soda, lemon, white vinegar, or isopropyl alcohol are just as effective but are safe for your environment.

Pull It Out

Pollutants inside your room tend to stay there unless you pull them out forcibly. A quick way to do this is to open your windows and doors so fresh air can blow in while stale and polluted air blows out. Using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom will do the same thing if they vent to the outside. If you suspect allergens in your interiors and yet cannot open the windows because there’s pollen outside, try running your window air conditioner with a clean filter on the fan only setting.

If you want to start off with a home that’s free of air pollution, then contact us at Chet’s Cleaning. We’ll make your home the cleanest it’s ever been and keep it that way for as long as you use our services.

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