Home should and can be a haven when the good air quality greets you as you return from work or errands. 

Often, though, the air quality is compromised knowingly and unknowingly. 

What are the consequences of poor air quality?  Illness, allergies, headaches, fatigue, and even much more serious health issues are caused by poor air quality.

When you think pollution, you automatically think of the air outside being poisoned by factories or rush-hour traffic.  However, the air in your home can be much worse than the air outside.  Here is how you can improve your home’s air quality: 

1. Dust

Immediately after I dust my home, I can breathe better and tell the difference in air quality. Be sure to dust all furniture, ceiling fan blades, and lampshades at least weekly. 

2. Vacuum

Use a vacuum with a good HEPA filter so that you are not just blowing dust and dirt around your home. Vacuuming should be done at least weekly.  Once a month or so, vacuum the spaces between the carpet and baseboards with an attachment.

If you have a pet indoors, you will need to vacuum more often. 

3. Reduce the size of your indoor trash cans. 

When my husband and I were in Europe last year, we were amazed to find how tiny the trash cans in the kitchens were.  Where we stayed, the kitchen trash can was maybe one gallon. 

The benefits are that you are taking out your trash more often and therefore keeping the smell of trash outside your home. 

Whether your trash can is large or small, be mindful of the smell and take out your trash regularly.  Some women I know take the trash out daily. 

4. Avoid store-bought cleaners

By cleaners, I mean laundry detergent, dish soap, dusting spray, de-greaser, and any other kitchen and bathroom cleaners. 

Store-bought cleaners are full of chemicals which significantly decrease the air quality in your home and even pose dangers to your health.  Go here to read more.

5. Open the windows

Instead of lighting a candle or spraying room spray, open your windows.  Opening windows will circulate the air in your home and bring in fresh air from outdoors.

Go here to learn how to scent your home safely.

6. Clean your air filter.

If you have a furnace, it has an air filter.  Clean or replace it regularly.  It needs to be replaced more often than most people do it.  Check it on the first or fifteenth of every month. 

If you have window air conditioning units, there is a small pull-out filter.  Vacuum this weekly with an attachment and wash it with a mild detergent.

7. Grow plants and flowers inside.

Plants and flowers absorb the carbon dioxide in your home and turn it into oxygen.  They clean your home’s air for you!  Yes, you will still need to do all of the above, and yet these plants will increase your home’s air quality. 

Do you suffer from low immunity, allergies, or asthma?  I used to have terrible allergies and am grateful that they are gone!  It’s imperative to take care of your health via the air quality of your home before something terrible happens.  If you want to learn in more detail how you can improve your home’s air quality, I’d be happy to share with you what I do and the products I use.  Email me here right away, and we’ll schedule a phone call or Zoom meeting.  I’d love to hear your concerns and what has not worked to address them. 

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