We think of our home as a haven where we are safe from harm. But would you be surprised to learn that your indoor air quality is worse than outdoor air quality? If you aren’t aware of what toxins are in your home your air quality could be up to 10 times worse. Here’s what you need to know.
One of the many reasons to make the move to green cleaners has to do with air quality caused by indoor toxins. Most of us have experienced the short-term breathing challenges when someone overdilutes a cleaning product, but the worse damage is the long-term damage. Keep testing green cleaners until you find what works for you. It doesn’t have to be perfect, aim for 90 percent green. With just baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and borax you can clean almost everything in your home.
One of the many reasons to shampoo your carpets or clean your non-carpeted flooring is to remove the dust that settles in over time, and the outdoor toxins that get tracked in on your shoes. Even if you don’t wear your shoes in your home deep clean at least once a year. Also, be sure to change your air filters and vents every 3 to 4 months, and have your HVAC system deep cleaned annually.
Every time you bring something new into your home consider if it has toxic potential. Surprisingly, this includes new furniture, items you add during a remodel, and even the paint you choose for your home—as most contain VOCs.
To help remove to indoor toxins open the windows in your home at least once a week, and most importantly put one or two plants in every room.