Indoor air pollution
For this week’s change the world Wednesday challenge we’re breathing in and taking a lungful of fresh air.
I said fresh air…
Did you know air pollution in your home can be up to 5 times higher than outdoor?
Indoor air pollution comes from several sources, here are four of them.
Toxic cleaning products
Indoor air pollution can be due to the use of toxic household cleaning products. Some of the most toxic products are drain cleaners, oven cleaners and amazingly, air fresheners!
Do you use air fresheners? If so, why not check out our natural alternatives to chemical air fresheners article for ideas on safe, effective and natural alternatives.
Toxic beauty products
Toxic beauty products are another cause for concern – spraying all that deodorant, body spray and perfume can contaminate the air you breathe.
Opt for fragrances that are made with natural essential oils and herbal extracts rather than artificial fragrance or ‘parfum’. The latter are a cocktail of artificial fragrances containing formaldehyde and other ingredients that cause allergies, attack the central nervous system and are known carcinogens. You don’t want to be breathing that in do you?
Read my article on some of the hazardous ingredients I found in a child’s lip gloss.
With makeover programmes adorning our TV screens, more and more of us are turning to a spot of weekend DIY.
The trouble is, just ‘freshening up’ our homes can pollute them with toxic fumes from paint. If you’re planning some decorating, find out how to choose toxic free paint before you hit the DIY store.[amazon-product align="right" small="1"]0297844776[/amazon-product]
Yep, the shoes you are wearing could be responsible for carrying hazardous toxins into your home. Adopt a ‘shoes off’ policy at the door and provide good mats for people to wipe their shoes on before entering the house.
The Institute for Total Carpet Hygiene (ITCH) states ‘if you haven’t washed your carpet in the last 12 months you can be sure that lurking deep in the carpet fibres will be bacteria, fungus, chemicals, dead skin, dust, food particles, germs, pollen, grease, grit and dust mites.
Get out that steam cleaner and say no to shoes from now on!
House plants to remove toxins
One of my favourite ways to keep the air clean in our home is to use house plants.
NASA found the following:
To remove trichloroethylene: Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera janesonll), Marginata (Dracaena marginata) and Peace Lily (Spethiphylium ‘Muana Loa’).
To remove benzene: Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera janesonll), Pot Mum (Chrysanthemum morifollum) and Peace Lily (Spethiphylium ‘Muana Loa’).
To remove formaldehyde: Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea selirizll), Janet Craig (Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’) and Mother-In-Law’s tongue (Sansevieria laurentii).
You could do far worse than to give a friend a houseplant for their house warming gift!
How about you – does indoor air pollution concern you?