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4 Easy Fixes for Airborne Toxins

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.

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By Susan Fecko, Delicious Living

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12:22PM PDT on May 2, 2013

thanks

5:18PM PST on Nov 28, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

5:16AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

informative, thanks

5:08PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

3:56PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

good reminders

2:45PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

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!

1:41AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

6:04PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

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

10:00PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

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).

7:16AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Good advice. Thanks.

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