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All-Natural Tips for Cleaner Indoor Air and Healthier

As parents and grandparents, our top job is to do everything we can to keep kids safe and healthy. What many caregivers don’t always realize is that the air inside our homes can harbor pollutants and allergens that make kids sick. These pollutants often come from hidden sources and are dispersed in the air we breathe. This is why caregivers need to know where these pollutants come from and how we can clean the air in our homes to keep kids healthier.

How Does Air Affect Kids’ Health?

Indoor air pollution can come from dust mites, air fresheners, disinfectants, carbon monoxide, and paint, just to name a few of the many sources. Whatever the source may be, there are two main reasons why kids are at greater risk of health problems from indoor air. One reason is that a child’s immune system and lungs are still developing, making them more susceptible to respiratory problems and illness. Another reason is that kids are more exposed to these pollutants. Small children crawl and play on the floor, so they spend more time in close contact with the dust and other pollutants that settle in.

Exposure to pollutants in the air can lead to both acute and chronic pulmonary illness. Your child may have symptoms of allergies, such as itchy and watery eyes, coughing, and sneezing. These symptoms may come and go depending on when or where they’re exposed to the source. Some children will develop ongoing problems such as chronic allergies and asthma.

Where Does Unhealthy Air Come From (And Where Does It End Up)?

In order to do something about air pollutants in your home, you have to know where they come from and where to find them. These are just a few of the most common sources:

  • Dust mites – Dust can settle on just about any surface in your home, including some that we often overlook. Fabrics, including bedding, carpet, and window treatments, are some of the top spots where dust collects.

 

  • Pet dander and fur – Your pet’s skin cells (pet dander) and fur that they shed are common allergens that tend to be found in fabrics.

 

  • Mold and mildew – Anywhere in your home where there is excess moisture, such as the kitchen, bathrooms, and basements, is a potential source for mold and mildew.

 

  • ChemicalsChemicals in our homes can come from some surprising places. Chemical cleaning products and air fresheners are some of the biggest offenders, but you should also watch out for chemicals in furniture, paint, and building materials.

 

What Can You Do About It?

Once you know where these allergens are coming from, the good news is that you can keep them under control.

  • Clean those trouble spots – Keep dust and pet hair from gathering by cleaning floors regularly, especially carpet, and dusting frequently. Don’t forget the less obvious spots like blinds and curtains, and be sure to wash bedding frequently.

 

  • Clear the air – Besides surface cleaning, you can also keep the air in your home cleaner by changing air filters regularly and using an air purifier. Along with these tips, Mother Nature Network recommends all-natural ways to remove toxins, such as houseplants, essential oils, and opening windows (as long as you don’t have seasonal allergies).

 

  • Control moisture – Bathrooms are usually the biggest problem for mold and mildew. Merry Maids recommends wiping down all bathroom surfaces after a shower and leaving doors open so the room can air out.

 

  • Say no to chemicals – One easy way to get cleaner air is to swap out traditional cleaning products for ones that are all-natural. Also, opt for paint that doesn’t contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and whenever you buy new furniture, let it air outside before bringing it in.

The unfortunate reality is that, even if you don’t smoke in the house and you clean regularly, unhealthy pollutants can still end up in your air. That’s why it’s so important to stay on top of cleaning and take these simple steps to keep air cleaner. Your whole family will breathe easier knowing you’re doing everything you can to reduce allergens and stay healthier.

Photo credit: Pixabay

Guest article provided by:  Denise Long 


One Response so far.

  1. ANN*H says:

    Very interesting site for me with these tips. I have trouble even using Pledge furniture polish or certain other spray products. I rather have fresh clean air to breathe. Thanks for all the information.


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