Studies show that indoor air pollution, often caused by dust mites and mold, can be up to ten times greater than outdoor pollution. The following tips can help improve the air quality in your home.
Keep your thermostat set above sixty-five degrees in the winter
If you set it too low, you encourage the growth of mold in moist air. The heat dries out the air and prevents the growth of mold and air pollution.
Avoid the outdoors in the morning
Not only do many trees discharge their pollen in the air at first light, but most people with allergies experience more itching and sneezing in the morning. Ragweed pollen tends to fly most thickly at midday when it will stick to your clothes and find its way indoors. If there is something you want to do outdoors in the morning, try to do it later in the day.
Water indoor plants cautiously
Overwatering your indoor plants can contribute to the growth of mold, and any water that leaks on to the floor invites mold growth as well. Place pebbles on top of the dirt to discourage mold spores from getting into and polluting the air.
Wash your beddings and shower curtains in hot water
This is the best way to kill those bothersome tiny dust mites that love your bed even more than you do. This adds to the air pollution in your bedroom and home. For your shower curtains, wash them in hot water and bleach on a monthly basis or just use cheap shower liners that you can replace every so often. To help stop mold growth in your bathroom, always run the exhaust fan or open a window or door when using the shower to help keep surfaces dry. Alternatively, run a small portable fan during and after showers.
Shower and change your clothes when you come indoors
Even though you may not feel dirty, pollen sticks to your clothes and hair where it can easily irritate your eyes and nose, and contribute to indoor air pollution. As such, ensure that you take a shower when you get into your home. If you do not have time for a quick shower, at least wash your hands to eliminate lingering pollen, particularly before making contact with your face or food.
Sprinkle salt and clean the tray under your fridge with a bleach solution
The tray in your fridge is a real mold magnet. Sprinkling salt on it reduces the growth of mold and bacteria. Occasionally clean under your refrigerator because food can accumulate there and become moldy. The mold spores blow into the kitchen air every time the compressor kicks in.
Deep freeze stuffed toys
That cute teddy bear in your house could be full of dust mites. To reduce that problem, slip your stuffed toys into a freezer bag and let them chill for a few hours on a regular basis. The cold will kill any dust mites that could contribute to indoor air pollution.