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Simple Steps to Clean Your Indoor Air

Simple Steps to Clean Your Indoor Air

Did you know indoor air pollution can actually be more of a problem than outdoor? As the seasons change and you’re warming up inside your home, try these inexpensive solutions.

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

2. Use ventilation fans in the bathroom and kitchen if you have them. High levels of humidity breed mold and mildew. Microscopic particles from these can trigger allergies, asthma attacks, and, in rare cases, lung infection or poisoning. Get rid of mold naturally.

3. Lower VOC (volatile organic compounds) exposure by looking for low VOC paints or paint strippers. VOCs can cause headaches and upper-respiratory health problems as well as liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage.

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

5. Pick cleaning products with care by steering clear of ingredients in air fresheners and cleaning products that are known causes of health problems, including cancer and respiratory ailments, says Samuel Epstein, MD, chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition. Go with nontoxic products (or make your own cleansers) whenever possible.

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7:37AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

8:20PM PDT on May 9, 2010

I'm really into the idea of putting a few of these plants around the house :)

8:20PM PDT on May 9, 2010

cool :)

5:20AM PDT on Apr 3, 2010

Good to know, thanks.

10:44PM PST on Mar 8, 2010

I have learned so much since I joined Care2

12:10PM PST on Dec 25, 2009

Please be careful with household cleaning products. They contain very dangerous chemicals. Be sure to keep bleach and ammonia products from mixing. The result can be very harmful. They are also harmful to the environment.

If possible look for the "green' alternatives or make your own.

2:21PM PST on Nov 21, 2009

good suggestions!
i almost feel healthier now that my air is clean! :)

10:56AM PDT on Oct 28, 2009

Great suggestions. I moved into a nice old house a few months ago and at the same time decided to chuck all my regular household cleaners and air fresheners for environmentally-safe all natural products. My house smells nice and fresh, and I now find that the regular versions make me choke, I can't stand them anymore - it really DOES make a huge difference. Now I really wish that I had used low VOC paint :( oh well.

8:57AM PDT on Oct 27, 2009

Great suggestions!

12:48AM PDT on Oct 24, 2009

A definite great read…Thanks for the ideas.


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