The first thing people say when you utter the words “air quality” is people agreeing that the pollution outside is terrible. With global warming on the rise, the ozone layer depleting, and human pollution increasing, there seems to be no respite from the poor air quality. However, you would be surprised that the indoor air quality is five times worse than the air quality outside! Since there is insufficient ventilation, concentrations of indoor air pollutants thanks to all the dust and dander from inside sources that build up because they are not discharged into the larger outside expanse.
However, the above said is just the condition on a good day. On a bad day, you have a worse scenario where indoor pollution may be several times worse when excessive humidity causes mould and mildew to thrive. With the pandemic still not in its finale and 90% of people working inside their homes, the cleanliness of your homes is the need of the hour.
In this blog, we will clarify a few easy steps that you can take to make breathing easier at home. Where the air you breathe will be of quality and not be adulterated with muck.
- The first step is to take vacuuming seriously. We know it is a humdrum now, but it is true. Vacuuming is among the greatest methods to eliminate airborne allergens, especially if your machine has a HEPA filter, absorbing even the tiniest particles. If you do not own pets and kids, once a week would suffice. However, if you own pets and kids or live in a busy street, it is best to vacuum every other day.
Currently, in the market, you would find various vacuums that are robotic. This robotic vacuum removes the surface debris, and all you need to do is plug it in and let it works its magic.
- We cannot stress the importance of mopping for your floors. We recommend using mop buckets with two compartments instead of one. There are plenty of options in the market today, and two compartments are there, each for dirty and clean water. These boundaries prevent water contamination, and your floors have many more microorganisms on them than we believe. We expose your floors with everything from our soiled clothes and shoes, dog hair, leftover food, and a variety of other disease transmitters, so there’s much more than what strikes the eye. As a result, germs easily gather and build up. As a result, regular mopping is essential for keeping your home clean. A spotless floor equals a beautiful home, and a clean house equals a healthier and happy household.
- Bedding care is another crucial aspect of breathing clean air. It would be best if you washed your bedding like pillows and comforters often. We sleep in very close proximity to our bedding, and if we keep those unclean, morning allergies won’t come as a surprise. To remove any odour, a quick tip would be to vacuum the mattress and then sprinkle baking soda on it and let it sit. Baking soda will suck up any moisture in the bed, after which you can vacuum it again. Small steps like this make huge changes to the air you breathe. If you are too lazy or busy to do the above, invest in a mattress cover so that once every two weeks, you can pop it in the washer and get a fresh, clean place to sleep on.
- Homes now are jammed packed because construction places and land are hard to come by. However, this should not stop you from breathing clean air. Most places have a heating system or a cooling system like an air conditioner. If you have any of these, make sure to invest in a home air cleaning system. You have various companies make them, and they help filter out the air inside your house. It is also crucial that you have a fan or ventilation system in your bathroom and exhaust or a kitchen chimney to remove the oils and gases that emit from the kitchen smoke.
- Removing toxins causing things we use day to day is easy. One such item is candles. Now they help you feel cosy and wonderful, but they are heavily fragranced and emit a tremendous amount of toxins in the air. Opt for naturally fragranced soy candles, and you don’t have to sacrifice your relaxing time too.
Dust, debris and pollutants are unavoidable outside today’s world scenario, but we can do our best to keep ourselves safe and healthy indoor’s. Mopping, vacuuming, and the rest are things you can incorporate into your routine that will help you breathe cleaner air.