How’s the air quality inside your home? Are you mindful about the steps you can take to improve air quality in your home? There is so much you can do, and this article from Butter Nutrition will help get you started on your mission.
Life indoors can make you sick! Do what you can with all natural air fresheners and indoor plants!
Indoor air pollutants are a real BIG problem in homes today, but you can make a lot of little changes that have a big impact. According to Walter Crinnion of Clean, Green, and Lean: Get Rid of the Toxins That Make You Fat, the biggest indoor air pollutants are combustion by-products (things like fireplaces, smoking, furnaces), solvents (like perfumes, scented products, paint, glue, carpeting, cleaning products), dust and particles (pet dander, molds, pesticides and building chemicals). Because some of these toxins require more intervention than others, I want to focus on the easiest things you can do RIGHT NOW in your home!
Ditch the air fresheners
Cleaning indoor air is a game of baby steps– and the first thing you can do is get the nasty stuff out of your home ASAP! There are no “SAFE” commercial air fresheners. According to the Environmental Working Group, “A few companies provide ingredient lists on their website in response to consumer demand, but the word “fragrance” may hide dozens of chemicals, many of which may never have been assessed for safety.” If you don’t even have control over knowing what’s in a product, that’s a huge red flag that you don’t want it in your home. Additionally, according to the EPA, Air Fresheners commonly contain formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p- dichlorobenzene, and aerosol propellants. These chemicals are strong irritants to eyes, skin, and throat, and can even cause death if eaten by pets or people! So ditch your Febreze spray, chemically scented candles, and Glade plugins without batting an eyelash! Don’t worry– your house can smell yummy with the replacement suggestions below! Keep reading…