Creating A Non-Toxic Home
We think of our homes as being safe havens from the rest of the world. But for people with allergies or other environmental sensitivities, sometimes the things that feel safe and cozy – a nice fluffy rug, or fresh-smelling air-fresheners, for example – can actually exacerbate a problem.
To make sure your home is as safe as it feels try some of the following tips for creating a non-toxic home:
Clear The Air.
A study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas. Improving indoor air quality is crucial in creating a non-toxic home. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to do this is to open a window. Airing out the house whenever possible will keep the air fresher. Make sure the house is well-ventilated and that combustion-type appliances have proper ventilation.
Control Moisture to Reduce Mold.
Keep mold away by removing moist environments that it needs to grow. Check that kitchen and bathroom fans are working properly and vent to the outside. Make sure there is adequate ventilation in attics and crawls spaces. Put a dehumidifier in the basement if moisture levels are above 50 percent. Clean cool mist evaporators before use and regularly clean out evaporation trays on dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and air conditioners. If carpets get water damaged, clean them thoroughly within 24 hours, or consider replacing them.