Numerous studies show that the average home’s indoor air is 2 to 5 times more polluted that the air outdoors! Part of the reason why is because in most household’s indoor air has become compromised by many different chemicals and toxins we have become so accustomed to having in our homes and daily lives that we do not even think twice about 🙁 While we cannot fully avoid every single air pollutant or chemical in our daily lives, we can take some measures to at least decrease and minimize air pollution at home and make our living space’s atmosphere healthier … 1. Do not smoke inside your home: Best is to quit altogether of course, but a minimum, at least try to resist the temptation to do it indoors. NB: Vaping is NOT a healthier option and in some cases may even have way worse consequences than smoking. 2. Use an air purifier: Numerous studies in the field show that HEPA filters do indeed help improve indoor air quality and get rid of some bacteria and viruses. Also have air ducts and vents cleaned, but skip the unnecessary chemical sanitizer. For the bedroom, an air purifier with both charcoal and HEPA filters is a good investment. 3. Cook with stainless-steel and cast-iron pans: Avoid pans with non-stick coatings as the polymers in their surfaces break down releasing harmful toxic particles. 4. Use your stovetop fan: It helps reduce airborne particulates when cooking 5. STOP using synthetic air fresheners and do your best to avoid them at all cost: Almost all synthetic air fresheners irritate the lungs and contain phthalates – a synthetic fragrance substance which is a known hormone and endocrine disruptor, can cause cancer and is associated with reproduction and development disorders as well. Healthier choice would be essential oils, unless you’re sensitive to them of course. If you are or you do not want to use essential oils as an alternative – simply make sure you air out your home at least once a day for 10-15 mins. 6. Be very careful with your cleaning products: Conventional cleaners (even those marketed as “green” or “natural”) are often significant irritants and contain so many chemicals and toxins that you would not believe it! We strongly recommend you read our Blog post for details on the numerous harmful substances hiding your everyday products. Ultimately, you would replace everything with a healthier option, but sometimes we have no time to do it all ourselves or simply are not ready to give up all modern life perks. To help you with that we created a free eBook (get it here) and we offer limited number of clients the opportunity to get home-made solutions delivered to their door every month. If you want to learn more, please follow the link here 7. Get as many indoor plants as possible: even though research suggests you’d have to maintain a small jungle to get significant results, every bit counts, we strongly recommend growing indoor plants to help clean the air. 8. Eliminate mold: Mold emits numerous spores while developing and can be a significant hidden contributor to harmful indoor-air quality. Make sure you stay on top of wet basements and shower walls, but also be careful what tools and solutions you use to control mold as many are toxic. One healthy advice: consider using tea tree oil or a product based on tea tree (unless you are sensitive to it). 9. Be mindful of formaldehyde: Many factory-made items, from new clothing to laminate flooring, are treated with formaldehyde. This is a significant source of indoor-air pollution and is linked to all kinds of adverse health effects – from asthma to cancer. A healthy tip wold be to buy second-hand when you can and use real hardwood or no-VOC carpeting when replacing flooring for example. 10. Air out and ventilate: When you think air quality, always remember that circulation is better than stagnation. Open the windows and welcome the fresh air from outside as often as you can. Buildings that don’t “breathe” trap the toxins and pollutants inside concentrating them in the air and leading to risks.