Ways to Get Clean Air Without Chemicals
Many Americans spend a majority of their lives indoors, and as a result, do not get to experience the beauty of fresh air that often. According to a study done by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American only spends 7 percent of their lives outdoors. The rest of their time is spent either in a vehicle or in a home. With so many Americans spending a majority of their lives indoors, it is extremely important that the air quality in your home is fresh and clean.
According to another study done by the EPA, indoor air pollution can have serious immediate and long-term effects on your health. Things like mold, dirt, and pet hair all release harmful chemicals into the air that many people inadvertently breath while in their homes. Even everyday home cleaning products may contain chemicals that could potentially be hazardous to your health.
Since it is virtually impossible to know which chemicals are bad and which are safe, the best solution is to not use any chemicals at all. In this article, I will be discussing three natural ways in which you can obtain clean air in your homes without the use of chemicals.
Change Your Air Filters
Air filters are usually common in every home and do a great job of keeping the air quality clean. However, if you do not clean or change them regularly, they become clogged and will no longer be able to filter out the air effectively. If your filter can’t work effectively, then you are more likely to be breathing in toxic chemicals every single time you step into your home. Although it is extremely important to clean or change your air filters regularly, the problem is that this can take a lot of time, and can also be very expensive. That is why I recommend purchasing a washable and reusable air filter. These types of air filters omit no harmful chemicals, will save you money in the long run and are eco-friendly. Making sure your air filters are clean and up to date is something that is quick and easy to do, but many people overlook doing it.
Clean With Homemade Products
When cleaning your home, one thing you should try to avoid is the use of products that contain toxic chemicals. However, doing so is much easier said than done. Many store-bought household cleaners do contain toxic chemicals that pollute the air in your home and can also cause eye, nose, throat and lung irritation. The best thing to do in order to avoid cleaning with toxic chemicals by mistake is to make your own cleaning products at home. There are many different ingredients that you can use as substitutes instead of chemical based cleaning products, but try to use ingredients that are proven to be safe, such as vinegar, baking soda, and citrus juice or essential oils. All of these ingredients pose no threat to the quality of the air when using them. Not only is it safer to use your own homemade cleaners, but it is also cheaper than going out and buying household cleaners from a store.
Open a Window
Opening a window is the safest and cheapest way in which you can obtain clean air without chemicals. By opening up a window, you allow all of the harmful chemicals in your home to escape as well as fresh air to enter. If you are unsure about opening up a window because you don’t want insects to come in your home or a pet to leave it, you can always put up a screen. Although having a screen on your window will not work as effective, it still helps in improving the overall air quality of your home. It is recommended that you open up all the windows in your home for at least five minutes per today; doing so will definitely help to improve your home’s air quality.
In summary, the overall air quality of your home is something that is often times overlooked by people but is extremely important. Many people spend the majority of their lives indoors, so it only makes sense that the air quality in your home is fresh, clean and devoid of any hazardous chemicals as well.