How to Clean Indoor Air
If constant sneezing, wheezing, and coughing are making you batty, it’s probably not a cold that’s ailing you. After all, a cold can only last so long. Rather, if the cold-like symptoms persist for weeks and maybe even months at a time, the root cause most likely is contaminated indoor air. Fortunately, the problem has several effective DIY solutions. Here’s a sampling:
- Surround yourself with house plants – especially certain species like Boston Fern and Spider plants that are known for their air-cleaning properties.
- Switch to a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. It traps more dust and dirt than conventional models.
- Change your furnace and AC filters on a regular basis to keep even more pollutants out of the air.
- Switch from chemical to natural home cleaning products.
- Take your shoes off at entrance ways to prevent pesticides, pollen, and other pollutants from spreading throughout the house.
- Some essential oils, like tea tree, can reduce airborne bacteria. Others include eucalyptus, clove and rosemary. They’re also effective at reducing the number of dust mites.
- Even more than pet fur, dander (skin cells) can bring about asthma-like symptoms or make your existing condition worse. If you have a pet, be sure to keep dander to a minimum by cleaning them regularly, brushing them outdoors if you can and vacuuming floors and furnishings with a HEPA filter.
- Whenever possible, open windows to vent trapped air pollutants.
- Fix leaky faucets and pipes right away and mop up the water to prevent mold from forming.
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