Did you know that indoor air quality is often worse than the quality of the air outside? Too much insulation, moisture, dust and other polluting elements in the air that are not even perceptible to the naked eye; the sources of air pollution indoors are multiple and nobody escapes. Nonetheless, there are things you can do to ensure that the air you breathe is not too unhealthy.
Switch to natural cleaning products
Most cleaning products are full of toxic substances. So do you think good to do by cleaning thoroughly in every corner of the house with your spray all-purpose cleaner, then you are, at least in terms of the air quality in your house, wrong. So give preference to natural products that contain as few ingredients as possible. Sodium bicarbonate, vinegar and lemon juice are your best allies in this case.
Take home air-purifying plants
The scientific world is not yet sure whether the term ‘air-purifying plants’ is actually applicable, but green plants undeniably contribute to a healthy indoor air quality. Choose your air-purifying plant not only on the basis of how it looks, but also taking into account the concerns that it needs. Do you like working on plants and do you want the hippest ones in your interior? Then opt for a Monster or a Kallithea. Clorophytum and Areca are for those who like firm, trusted values, succulents and cacti for those who tend to forget their plants.
Dispose of an odor evaporator and air-purifying oils
Essential oils are ideal tools for improving indoor air quality. They fight bacteria, purify and disinfect the air and leave behind a pleasant fragrant perfume. You can use them after you have cooked, early in the morning to freshen up the house or during the day to perfume the rooms in which you live. If you are not familiar with it, start with classics such as ravintsara or eucalyptus. Do you need an extra boost, choose citrus fruits. Lemon and grapefruit are ideal for your mood and to give your energy level a boost. Note that you are not too lavish with essential oils, they work best in a limited dose (they are also often not recommended for areas where pregnant women or children stay).
Pay attention to volatile components
Plastics, paint, glue, lacquer, solvents and chipboard all contain varying degrees of particles that, if they spread in the air, are harmful to your health. Please note that the brands from which you purchase these products produce in a way that complies with environmental legislation or buy these items second-hand, then the particles have already evaporated. And always observe point 5, especially if you live in a recently renovated or built house.
Ventilate every day
Without a doubt the best tip to ensure good indoor air quality: open the windows one or more times a day to refresh the air in the house. The current building materials guarantee such good insulation that there is now less exchange between outdoor and indoor air than a few years ago. The better the air quality, the better your quality of life, so open those windows, preferably as often as possible.