You mightn’t be able to see it, but the air inside your home can become incredibly polluted, especially during the winter months when we seal our homes off from the cold.
While it’s probably the last thing on your mind while you’re curled up on the sofa or taking a relaxing bath, the air inside your home can be affected by a range of things, from Volatile organic compounds’ (VOCs) found in your cleaning products to common allergens such as mould and dust mites.
Allergy sufferers whose symptoms persist indoors are likely feeling the effects of one or more of these pollutants. But there are several simple ways to improve the air inside your home. Here’s out top ten...
1. Open your windows
The air inside your home can become even more polluted than outdoors, so open your windows to release the build up of toxic chemicals and carbon dioxide. 5 to 10 minutes a day should do the trick.
2. Clean up
Regular cleaning of all hard surfaces with a damp cloth helps reduce allergens and irritants. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. And only use non-toxic and unscented cleaning products.
3. Do the laundry
Dust mites and other allergens thrive in fabric, so regularly wash curtains and bedding in hot water. Wash all new clothing before putting it in your wardrobe to destroy any chemicals that remain from the manufacturing process.
Kitchens, bathrooms and the rims of double glazed windows are a breeding ground for mould and mildew which can produce dangerous allergens, so use a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels between 30 and 50%.
5. Go smokeless
No smoking indoors goes without saying, but if you use candles, make sure these are the nontoxic kind. And if you have a wood-burning fireplace, only use dried wood, and clean your chimney or flue regularly.
6. Stay naturally fresh
Instead of using air fresheners, use natural alternatives such as diffusers and vaporisers that use essential oils rather than chemicals. Or go completely organic and arrange slices of lemon on a plate to create a fresh smelling, pollution-free home.
7. Get a purifier
Whereas dehumidifiers control the moisture in your home, Hepa or plasma air purifiers remove, reduce and absorb harmful bacteria in the air – perfect for those with allergies or hay fever.
8. Change your underlay
Replace any older underlay with one that allows air to circulate through from the base of your carpet. Breathe Underlay is made from 100% natural sustainable, environmentally-friendly wood fibres that trap over 95% of even the smallest particles of dust in the air that passes through.
Thanks to the unique way it filters the air in your home, you’ll have a purer, cleaner, more natural home. Find out more about Breathe’s revolutionary health benefits – it’s just one of the many ways to enjoy a pollution-free home.