This guest post is by Kelli Cooper of Erik Organic, an organic furniture company.
Our bodies are designed to protect us from harmful substances and expel of them as quickly as possible. But, with constant and frequent exposure to these various nefarious forces, it might not be able to protect us fully. It then becomes our job to minimize our exposure as best we can. One of the biggest threats to our health is the air we breathe, not just outside but inside our own homes. If you are looking to improve the air quality in your house, here are some relatively quick and easy ways to do so.
One of the simplest ways to improve air quality is to get some plants for your house, but not just any plants. Certain ones have been found to be particularly good at absorbing harmful chemicals and other substances commonly found in the air. A two-year study by NASA found the following 15 plants were most efficient at cleansing the air: English ivy, spider plant, golden pothos, peace lily, Chinese evergreen, bamboo or reed palm, snake plant, heartleaf philodendron, selloum philodendron, elephant ear philodendron, red-edged dracaena, cornstalk dracaena, Janet Craig dracaena, Warneck dracaena and the weeping fig.
To give you an idea of how many plants you should have, NASA recommends 15 to 18 plants for a 1,800 sq foot area.
Keep Those Dirty Shoes Out
Lord knows what we are collecting on the bottom of our feet as we go about our day. Get some nice big mats for people to wipe their feet on before they come into the house. Even better, leave the shoes at the door, no matter how clean they may seem. This seemingly small step can make a big difference and it does not cost a dime.
Stop Using Air Fresheners and Other Products with Artificial Odors
We all like our house to smell nice but a lot of the products that accomplish this goal are bad for your health. According to WebMD, one study of a plug-in air freshener was found to contain 20 volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, potentially dangerous chemicals when inhaled. Seven of these VOCs are considered toxic or hazardous.
Use non-scented or naturally scented laundry detergents. With the popularity of organic and natural products ever growing, you can find many natural air fresheners in various forms. Use baking soda and lemon to get that fresh, clean smell in the kitchen.
Remember to Open Your Windows Every Day
Another easy fix but that we may not think about, especially if it is colder outside or we are running the air conditioning all day. Opening some windows in your house for even as little as five or 10 minutes a day can help sweep out toxic substances floating around your house. Encourage a nice cross breeze by opening windows opposite each other when you can.
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