When we think of air pollution, we typically think of outdoors but actually the air inside our homes and offices can be just as toxic, if not more. We spend a lot of time indoors, particularly in the winter months, which means that keeping the air quality high here is important for our health. Here are some quick and easy changes you can make to minimize the risk of indoor air pollution.

Use Air Filters

Opening windows will help to ventilate your home and let fresh air back in, but it’s not always possible because of extreme temperatures, pollution or allergies. A solution to this is to consider using an air filter and getting your air conditioning or heating systems checked regularly. Air purifiers are also a great option, providing they are HEPA (high efficiency particulate arresting) air filters.

Remove Shoes at the Door 

Walking around outside means that we bring in pests and pollutants into the house, so adopt a shoes off policy when you come home and put in a door mat to wipe off as much mud and debris as you can before you step into the house.

Wash Bedding Regularly

Our bedding can quickly become a breeding ground for dust mites and allergens, so be sure to wash your bedding once a week in hot water and consider switching over to allergen-blocking fabrics which will help to minimize indoor pollution and mites.

Use a Damp Cloth for Dusting

When we use a dry cloth to dust, we’re essentially moving the particles around and letting them resettle where they were. To ensure a thorough job, use a damp cloth or an oiled rag so that the dust particles get trapped and removed properly. Alternatively, you may want to switch to a microfibre cloth to pick up dust particles more effectively and trap them rather than making the particles airborne.

Don’t Mask Odours

Air fresheners, scented candles and other odour-masking fragrances can actually emit allergy-causing pollutants and can trigger asthma. Keep these items to a minimum or better yet, avoid them altogether and open a window to freshen up a space instead.

Remove Chemicals from Your Cleaning Routine

From glues to pesticides, solvents and toxic cleaners, our homes are filled with chemicals which can off-gas and become a trigger for allergies or asthma. Where possible, use homemade cleaners made from white vinegar and water which are not only better for your budget but a great improvement on your health.

Keep Your Pets Groomed Regularly

Pets are great companions, but they shed fur and release dander into the air which can be a trigger for allergy-sufferers. Make sure that you vacuum regularly to reduce the amount of dander on surfaces and carpets and make sure that your pets are washed and brushed on a regular basis. This goes for their toys and bedding too, which should be cleaned often to remove pollutants and mites. And if possible, try to keep pets out of your bedrooms.

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