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How Clean Is Your Indoor Environment?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Much attention is being directed to saving the environment. We care about the depletion of Earth’s resources . We care about damage to the environment that has additional negative effects on other parts of the ecosystem. For instance, we know that the clear cutting of the rainforests has a direct detrimental effect on air quality. We are concerned about clean air and water and about healthy plant and animal life on the planet .  But we also should ask, “How clean is the environment inside your home ?”

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Many homeowners use products in their houses on a daily basis that contain toxins or produce odors . We want our homes to be clean or germ-free ; we want clean air and water ; we want a healthy environment for our families and ourselves . Yet as we use our household cleaning products we introduce fumes and polutants into our air and water .

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Spending a little time in the small appliance section of a home improvement store can introduce you to a vast number of air filtering and cleaning appliances .  You will also usually find an array of water filtration gadgets. Many of these air filtering gadgets claim to remove allergens, dust and smoke from air . In most scenarios these devices trap allergens and dust in a filter. By re-circulating the air, they also remove smoke and odors . They are not outrageously expensive , they normally use relatively little electricity, and the replacement filters are not very costly .   There are, however, some other options you might want to consider in your quest to provide a clean and healthy home for your family.

  • Houseplants are natural air filters, particularly ferns and peace lilies . These plants do an excellent job of removing toxins, odors and pollutants from the air. A few plants can simply be placed near areas where odors are most common . According to NASA, the most efficient placement of plants in the home is to introduce one plant for every 100 square feet of area . 
  • Choose environmentally friendly cleaning products. These products will be non-toxic (to you and the environment) and effective . More and more green cleaning products are coming on the market , offering you some choices.
  • Clean where the germs gather . We usually assume that we need to pay more attention to the bathrooms and kitchen . Recent studies have shown, however, that more germs collect in places we clean less frequently , like doorknobs, computer keyboards and monitors, appliance surfaces.
  • As for bad odors in your house , there is a new innovative solution . Dutch Boy Refresh paint claims to remove odors from the room . This paint will cost about $4 more than some other labels , but it could be a good solution for removing cooking smells, smoke smells, or other odors from your home.

As you consider the environment and how it affects your health, don’t forget about the environment inside your home. Some natural solutions can keep your home cleaner, healthier, and more pleasant for your family.

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