The world we live in is full of nasty chemicals, many of them in the air we breathe and the water we drink. It’s difficult to remove all contaminants from our living environment unless we move inside a plastic bubble with a strictly controlled environment, such as a CDC lab, but there are a few things we can do to minimize the number of contaminants we are exposed to.
People who suffer from allergies can really benefit from reducing the level of environmental contaminants in their homes. Even filtering the water will help, especially if you have young children. Read on for a quick guide to the measures you can take if you want to live a healthier life.
Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Many chemicals in our home come from toxic cleaning products. Chemicals like bleach are often used to kill bacteria and viruses, but they release dangerous fumes. Volatile organic compounds are routinely found in household cleaning products. These have carcinogenic properties and they can react with the ozone in the atmosphere. Mixing cleaning products may release all kinds of harmful chemicals, causing irritation to your eyes, lungs, and skin.
Instead of relying on big-brand cleaning products, switch to eco-friendly cleaning products such as lemon, bicarbonate of soda, and white vinegar. Simple ingredients like this will clean just about anything with zero pollution.
Install a Whole House Water Filtration System
There are many harmful substances in tap water, even in the US. Examples of harmful containments include lead, pharmaceuticals, mercury, chlorine, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds. Filtering water is one way to remove all of these contaminants at source, thus ensuring the water your family drinks and bathes in is 100% pure.
A whole house filtration system keeps the whole house clean. Unlike an under-sink system, it cleans water as it comes into the house, so every water system is filtered, rather than just cooking and drinking water. This type of system must be professionally installed, which makes it more expensive than refrigerator filters, but if you are concerned about environmental contamination, it’s a no-brainer.
Replace Filters in a Furnace and AC
Air-conditioning and furnace filters need replacing regularly. These filter out harmful particulates, so when they are dirty or damaged, the air quality in your home will decrease rapidly. Don’t forget to replace these filters. Ideally, they should be checked every three months, but they may need replacing more often during the winter months.
Buy a Vacuum Cleaner with a HEPA Filter
Vacuum cleaning is an excellent way to reduce pollen, pet dander, and other airborne contaminants, but you must do it regularly. If possible, vacuum your house daily, paying close attention to living areas and rooms where pets spend time.
If you want an even cleaner home, invest in a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, as these pick up very fine particles such as dust mites and pet dander that other vacuums leave behind.
Finally, be sure to open your windows and ventilate your home daily, unless there is a high pollen count and you have respiratory allergies.