Did you know the air we breathe in our houses is among the most polluted? Surely we should be safe in our homes instead of being slowly poisoned! Yet our indoor air is laden with charged particles, formaldehyde and lots of other nasties.
But all is not lost! With a few simple things we can improve our indoor air greatly.
- Air out your house everyday for 15 minutes. This is a really simple step that can greatly improve the air in your home. Make a routine of it throughout the year.
- Remove your shoes at the door. Why would your shoes have anything to do with the quality of your air? Quite a lot. We bring lots of toxins in our house with our shoes. Walking through the dirt we leave on the floor makes those particles airborne and spreads them across our houses. Leaving them at the door is yet another simple gesture that makes our houses healthier. Invite guests to do the same. Organize a little shelf for shoes and leave extra slippers to use indoors.
- Use only natural cleaning agents. Toss out all toxic cleaners and replace them with natural alternatives. You can even consider making your own cleaning products with simple, natural and cheap products like lemon, baking soda and vinegar.
- Get air-cleansing plants. Many plants can act as natural air cleaners, absorbing the pollution in your home.
- Use as little electronic devices as possible, and if you do, pull out the plug after use. Electronic appliances charge the air, they also charge micro particles in the air, like bacteria, who then get more easily attached to your lungs after inhaling them.
- Get a salt lamp. Salt lamps deionize your air, give a nice light and are not very expensive. These are very useful in areas where you have a lot of electronic devices, like living room and kitchen.
- Use only organic fabrics in your house. I have to stress organic, because often with fabrics, natural doesn’t cut it. Cotton is known to be one of the crops most polluted with pesticides, so if you have plain cotton in your rooms, they are breathing out these pesticides on a daily basis.
- Remove all plastics. Plastics are a petrochemical derivative and they breathe loads of toxins into your home, especially if they are heated, or standing in the sun. For most plastic a non-toxic alternative exists.
- Replace fiberboard and veneer furniture with hardwood. Fiberboard and veneer are made with toxic glues. One can argue that this type of furniture is a lot cheaper than its wood counterpart, but if money is an issue, there are lots of secondhand stores selling natural wood furniture for a nickel and a dime.
- Don’t burn candles, and if you do, buy natural candles with an all cotton wick. Candles not only release soot in your air, many of them have a lead wick. Especially commercial scented candles contain a lot of nasties.
Is indoor air something you are concerned about? What do you do to have a healthy home?
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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Jardin, Our Garden y Learning to Reciclar — Florecita at Florecita Growing Up intertwines family traditions with gardening and green living in a way that engages her 7yr old, 4yr old and 2yr old.
- Nature Love — Alice Griffin Writings from the Wherever shares musings from a walk in the countryside with her young daughter and her hopes that by seeking out this closeness to nature, it will help her daughter to appreciate and care for the earth.
- Online Green Resources For Children (and Parents Too) — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama links to several great online resources which help children learn about the importance of treating mother earth with love and respect.
- Finding Nature in the City — Kerry at City Kids Homeschooling shares simple ideas for celebrating nature with your children -- even in the city.
- Get Green Quick: Goes Wrong — Megan at The Other Baby Blog writes humorously about her (failed) attempts to switch to natural cat litter.
- Celebrating the Birds — Carrie at Love Notes Mama shares a dozen bird-lovin' ideas for you and your budding bird enthusiast.
- 10 Steps to Cleaner Indoor Air — Laura at Authentic Parenting gives a few simple tips t green up the air we breathe inside our homes.
- Are Big Families Really the "New Green"? — Michelle @ Grateful Moms of Many wonders how - and if - the tales our children hear influence their future
- Toddler and Preschoolers Learning To Go Green: Six Ideas That Foster Respect for the Earth -- Mudpiemama from The Positive Parenting Connection shares six ideas for toddlers and preschoolers to learn about the importance of respecting the Earth.
- Taking Responsibility for Our Food -- After noticing a disconnect regarding her children's view of food, Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children made it a goal for her family to work toward taking reposnibility for their own food and to live more sustainably.