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Breathe Easier!

May 03, 2010

We usually think of air pollution as something outside, but the truth is, the air inside your home can be more polluted than the air outside.  The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (found in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, and even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners.  Some pollutants, like dust mites, mold and pet dander, are tracked into the home by pets, shoes, furniture, and even other people.    

People with asthma, children, and even the elderly can be sensitive to indoor pollutants, and after repeated exposure, other effects on health may appear years later.

Indoor allergens and irritants have become more important in recent decades because we are spending more time indoors.  Since most homes are airtight, these irritants cannot easily escape.

Ways to improve indoor air quality:

1.  Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.  This will reduce concentrations of lead, as well as allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites in your home.

2.  Mop it up.  Using microfiber mops and dust cloths will capture dust. Skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water.  Microfiber cloths don’t require any cleaning solutions.

3.  Use a mat.  Put a large floor mat at every door.  People track all sorts of things on their shoes.  A door mat will reduce the amouont of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your home.

4.  Keep a healthy humidity level.  Dust mites and mold love moisture.  A dehumidifier and/or an air conditioner will help reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively control allergens.  For allergy sufferers, an air conditioner also reduces indoor pollen count.

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services wants to know what do you do to improve indoor air quality in your home?  Share your ideas with us! 

For more information on green living, log onto www.greencleancertified.com.

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