4 Easy Fixes for Airborne Toxins

Using natural cleaning products is one way to rid your home of health-damaging toxins. But even so, levels of indoor air pollution can still soar. The first important step is to be aware of these 10 cancer-causers to remove from your home–then try these quick, inexpensive ways to reduce airborne toxins.

1. Change your filter. To help clean up forced air from the furnace, replace your standard filter with one that is pleated (increased surface area collects particles more efficiently) and electrostatic (helps capture small particles and allergens). Look for a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating of 10 or higher.

2. Ventilate. Bathroom and kitchen ventilation fans are helpful in reducing humidity, which breed mold and mildew. Microscopic particles from these can trigger allergies, asthma attacks, and, in rare cases, lung infection or poisoning.

3. Lower VOC exposure. Household materials such as paints or paint strippers can contain high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause headaches and upper-respiratory health problems as well as liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage. Use low-VOC products whenever possible.

4. Purify with plants. Houseplants can remove common chemicals from the air, such as formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. Some plants actually thrive on them! Peace lilies, bamboo, palms, English ivy, mums, and gerbera daisies are among the top air-purifying types.

Delicious Living is the go-to resource for the natural and organic lifestyle, helping readers eat well, live green, and stay healthy. Visit deliciouslivingmag.com for more articles and free recipes.

By Susan Fecko, Delicious Living

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37 comments

Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago

thanks

Talya Honor
Tal H.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing!

Rita White
Rita White3 years ago

informative, thanks

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

good reminders

Ashley N.
Ashley N.3 years ago

I think it's important to note, especially since the article listed lilies, that if you have pets, ALL houseplants should be checked against toxic plant lists to insure the safety of the animals in your home!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

I suppose the face mask in the picture would work for awhile but not really practical>

Jane Warren
Jane Warren4 years ago

More plants? I will be charged with eco-destruction if I keep killing each and every plant I try to grow in the house, and also those I try to grow outside.
My latest weeding expedition consisted of me uprooting a half row of carrots (thinking they were weeds).

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Good advice. Thanks.