Nothing beats coming home to a clean and fresh-smelling home. The air in your home is vital to your health and the cleanliness of your home. Poor indoor air quality has been linked to diseases such as asthma and lung cancer.
Here are some ways by which you can keep the air in your house fresh and clean.
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1. House Plants
Adding plants to your home decor instantly turns it into a green oasis and improves the air quality. One of the ways by which this happens is during photosynthesis. This removes carbon dioxide from the air and converts it into oxygen. Your home will benefit from cleaner air as the oxygen levels around you increase. In the same way that we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, they do the opposite.
2. Himalayan Salt Lamp
These lamps clean your air by releasing negative ions. These negative ions in the air help get rid of air pollutants. The lamp attracts moisture from the air on the surface, where water evaporates quickly as it is warm. Through evaporation, negative ions are produced which neutralize positively charged air pollutants such as dust or allergens.
The easiest way to keep your air fresh and clean is by ventilating your entire house. Open all your windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate. Indoor air quality can sometimes be worse than outside because of the rate of dilution. Pollutants become more concentrated inside your home, pollutants can be released from fireplaces, gas ovens and space heaters. These are released into your home and if you do not let enough fresh air in the house, the air quality will deteriorate. If for whatever reasons, you can’t open your windows often or the air can’t get into certain spaces or rooms, an air filter can increase ventilation. The folks at filterbuy.com/ advise that air filters can filter out pollen, dust, mould, dander, smoke and bacteria, therefore preventing them from polluting your home and health. If you opt for an air filter, change the filters as and when needed in order to keep the air as clean as possible. Ensuring your home is well ventilated is key to fresh clean air.
Air quality can decrease due to clutter. Clutter attracts dust, insects, dirt and other contaminants that can cause airborne pollutants. The more clutter you have, the worse your air quality will be. Your home will become a breeding ground for pollutants and even if you are cleaning your home in general it will still be dirty due to the bad air.
Start decluttering by going through it and throw away anything you don’t use. Pack up and place the things you do want to keep in storage. Wash and fold away any clothes which are left out. However, all the nooks and crannies ensure the area where the clutter was disinfected.
5. No Shoes
Implement a ‘No Shoes in the Home’ rule. This will keep your home clean from any bacteria that could easily be picked up from outside. Take your shoes off before walking around your home, so these pollutants which become airborne, do not ruin your air quality. Use a shoe tray or rack to prevent any dirt or pollutants from being tracked around your home.
6. Wash Your Bedding
Washing your bedding is most people’s least favourite chore. However, being regular with washing your bedding can improve the air quality in your home. Dust mites love to burrow into mattresses and bedding. Wash your sheets every two weeks and vacuum your mattress to get rid of dirt, dead skin and debris. You want to use the wide brush attachment and the long upholstery nozzle to get into the cracks, edges and piping and to clean the sides and corners. Deodorize the mattress and spring with a generous amount of baking soda. You can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oils for a great smelling mattress. Let this sit for around 30 minutes, as this gives it time to absorb smells and break down acids. The longer you leave it, the more it will get absorbed and clean, you can even leave it on for several hours. Once it has time to sit, vacuum off the baking soda.
According to the tips provided here, you can’t really go wrong when it comes to keeping the air fresh and clean in your home. We live in a time where we’re more aware than ever of our surroundings and our hygiene, regardless of whether it’s indoors or outside. Keeping a clean home means keeping a healthy family, so take the necessary precautions.