Improve the Indoor Air Quality in Your Home

Improve your indoor air quality

Indoor air can be very toxic. The air inside your home can be up to 10 times worse than outside. It commonly contains VOC’s, dirt, dust, pet dander, and mold. There are many things we should be doing to improve the indoor air quality in our homes.

Poor indoor air quality can be caused by many things including poor ventilation, humidity, water damage, and from chemicals in your home. It comprises tiny particles that usually cannot be seen or smelled.

The truth is, air quality can have a much bigger impact on your health than you might think and it is so important to do what we can to improve the indoor air quality of our homes.

Here are some ways to improve the air quality in your home:

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Remove pollutants

There are many items in our homes that give off toxic gases that contribute to indoor air pollution. It can be overwhelming to think about at first but each and every little swap and improvement you make will make a big difference.

Some of the things to think about are paint… the paint on your walls can emit toxic chemicals for years and can lead to chronic health issues. When it’s time to repaint your walls, use a (truly) non-toxic paint such as ECOS paint (keep an eye out for greenwashing- just because the paint says non-toxic doesn’t mean it is). Furniture, carpet, and rugs are often covered in stain guard and flame retardants which are both very toxic, so next time you go to buy a new sofa, or a new rug, do some research and choose a safer option! Wool is usually a safe bet as it is naturally flame retardant.

Another thing to consider is air fresheners and candles– both can be large contributors to poor indoor air quality. When burned, candles can release a slew of chemicals along with ultrafine soot particles that can cause allergies and respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, and COPD. Learn more about this and the safer candles I recommend in this post about safe candles.

And lastly, cleaning products. We now know how toxic cleaning products can be. It’s time to toss the toxins and start using cleaner, safer alternatives. I mainly use Branch Basics and Force of Nature. Refer to my resources page for a more detailed list of the cleaning products I recommend.

No matter how hard we try, there will always be pollutants in the air in our homes. To remove the pollutants that we just can’t avoid, I recommend investing in a good air purifier. The brand I use and trust is Air Doctor.

Allow fresh air in

Once a day, no matter what the temperature is outside, I open the doors and windows and allow fresh air in!

Another way to make sure you are ventilating your home is to make sure you use your bathroom exhaust fans every day. This not only helps stop mold from growing in your bathroom but also helps extract the polluted air in your home.

Get some houseplants

Houseplants not only look pretty but they help purify the air! Snake Plants, ZZ Plants, Pothos, Peace Lilies, Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees, and Rubber Plants are all beautiful plants that are known for their air-purifying abilities! These plants will uplift the energy and refresh the air in your home!

Vacuum & dust regularly

Toxins live in dust so it is so important to regularly remove the dust from your home. And while you’re at it, start leaving your shoes at your door. Shoes can track so many gross things into your home like pesticides, viruses, bacteria, and E.coli… gross!

Burn palo santo & sage

And if you are a little woo woo like me, take it to the next level and burn palo santo and sage regularly in your home to purify the space.

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