Simple tricks to introduce good Air Quality to your home
You will have noticed during your research on ' how to introduce good air quality to your home', that there are many areas of concern, such as carpets, furniture, paint, fragrance, pest control and cleaning products and these are only a few. Before you go out and replace all of these items, there are some more affordable ways one can do to make a huge difference in introducing good air quality to your home, so that the whole family can reap the health benefits.
Introduce some ‘air-cleaning plants’ into your home. They do a lot more than make your rooms look stylish and fresh they detox your home by removing pollutants like ammonia that is found in cleaning products and formaldehyde that is found in furniture. An assortment of 15 plants should do the trick in a 2k square foot house. Arranging group displays in each room for maximum air-cleaning effect.
NASA recommends: Spider plants, Philodendrons and Rubber plants
Always remember child safety and block them with safety gates or have them up high.
Scents and Fragrance
There is something about the natural scent of a newborn’s skin. Then why do a lot of baby products have fragrance added to them. Baby shampoos and soaps that list fragrance as an ingredient tend to contain phthalates, chemicals used in all kinds of products from kids toys to air fresheners. Studies have shown that exposure to these chemicals may cause health problems such as allergies and can affect reproductive development.
Instead: where possible, only use fragrance-free products and look for words that have, “no phthalates” on the label. A good way to cover up a dirty nappy smell is by adding a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in one cup of water and spritz away.
What are we really using when using chemical pesticides to protect your home from insects and fungi? Again, the chemicals in pesticides cause harmful effects to our bodies, and to a newborn these chemicals can have detrimental effects especially if they come across an ant trap and put it in his/her mouth. If you use sprays to rid your home of bugs, these pesticides can nestle deep in carpets and other fabrics, releasing harmful toxins into the air.
Instead: Try spraying a mixture of water, alcohol, and dish soap throughout your house and garden to keeps bugs out. In the garden plant a variety of veggies and flowers to discourage any one type of pest from multiplying. Introduce ladybugs, since they are a natural pest eater and choose natural pest repellents and plant food if you’re spraying your produce.
If you have a green thumb try planting plants that repel mosquitoes such as:
When wiping down baby change tables, bathrooms and kitchen counters with cleaning products that contain harmful chemicals, you leave toxic residue behind.
Safer options would be to change to natural cleaning methods and nontoxic cleansers. They will get the job done and keep your family safe.
Instead: When purchasing natural cleaning products, check labels that have biodegradable; plant-based; hypoallergenic; formulated without dye or synthetic fragrance; nonflammable; does not contain chlorine, phosphate, petroleum, ammonia, acids, alkalized solvents, nitrates, or borates.
Or you can make your own natural cleaner by mixing vegetable-based liquid soap with a few drops of lavender essential oil.
When you have a newborn, removing ‘dust’ is not high on your ‘to do’ list but should it be?
Your home is full of electrical devices and furniture that contain a group of chemicals called PBDEs, designed to reduce the change of products catching fire. Over time, traces of these chemicals accumulate in dust that can be inhaled or swallowed.
How to detox your home: Invest in a HEPA air filter and dust early and often OR designate someone in the family to be the weekly dust buster…