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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W. C
W. C2 months ago

Thank you for the information.

William C
William C3 months ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Mel, for Sharing this!

Danielle W.
Danielle W7 years ago

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

Danielle W.
Danielle W7 years ago

cool :)

Buffy F.
Buffy F7 years ago

Good to know, thanks.

Kaye Skinner
Rev. Dr. Kaye S7 years ago

I have learned so much since I joined Care2

Debbie F.
Debbie F8 years ago

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.

Rachel R.
Rachel L8 years ago

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

Annette M.
Summer M8 years ago

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.