1. Keep your floors clean
Vacuum – Chemicals and allergens can accumulate in household dust for decades. Use a vacuum cleaner that has strong suction, rotating brushes, and a HEPA filter, which will ensure that dust and dirt won’t get blown back out in the exhaust. In high traffic areas, vacuum the same spot several times. Don’t forget walls, carpets, and upholstered furniture like sofas and diwans, where dust accumulates. For best results, vacuum two or more times each week and wash out your filter regularly.
Mop. Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any lingering dust or allergens
Doormat. Place a floor mat at every entry point to your home. People track in all sorts of chemicals via the dirt on their shoes. A doormat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home. If the mat is big enough, even those who don’t wipe their shoes will leave most pollutants on the mat — not the floors in your home.
2. No-smoking zone
Quote possibly the single most important aspect of indoor air pollution is secondhand cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Research shows that secondhand smoke increases a child’s risk of developing ear and respiratory infections, asthma, and several other diseases. Ideally, focus on finding a way to quit smoking!
3. Naturally fragrant
You may associate that lemony or piney scent with a clean kitchen or clean clothes. But synthetic fragrances in laundry products and air fresheners emit dozens of different chemicals into the air. In one study, a plug-in air freshener was found to emit 20 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs) a leading cause of indoor air pollution.
Here are a few things you can do to keep things smelling good naturally.
- Stop using aerosol sprays — deodorants, hair sprays, carpet cleaners, furniture polish, and air fresheners.
- Use eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaners and supplies
- Let in fresh air. Open windows so toxic chemicals don’t build up in your home.
- Use sliced lemons and baking soda to get a clean scent in the kitchen.
- Bring nature indoors. Any room is prettier with a fern, spider plant, or aloe vera. It’s also healthier. NASA research shows that indoor plants like these act as living air purifiers — the foliage and roots work in tandem to absorb chemical pollutants released by synthetic materials.
4. Indoor air purifier
Use a high-quality HEPA or Plasmacluster air purifier. Make sure to get an air purifier that does not produce ozone and one that eliminates VOCs from paint, furniture, and cleaning chemicals. Check out QNET’s Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier, with both HEPA and Plasmacluster technologies, has helped, thousands of our customers create a healthy and safe home environment for their families.