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Q & A - How To Improve Your Indoor Air

There are three ways you can improve your indoor air. The first and best way, is to reduce the sources of indoor air pollution.

And by that I mean YOU need to shed your toxic products habits. Because the products you use in your home have a huge impact on the toxic chemicals in your indoor air.  

REDUCE THE SOURCES

Air freshenersscented productsfabric softenerspersonal care productsplasticstoxic cleaners, anything made with vinylpesticides and any other high VOC products are out. Say no to stain and water resistant coatings like Scotchguard and furniture treated with flame retardants.

The good news is these products can all be replaced with less toxic options to improve your indoor air. Of course, there are some sources of indoor air pollution that you can’t improve by using less toxic products.

VENTILATE 

So another way to improve indoor air is to ventilate your home as often as possible. Open windows and use fans to circulate indoor air.

This works best in areas where outdoor pollution isn’t a problem. Also, cold winters and very hot summers can limit the usefulness of ventilation.

ADD PLANTS

The third way you can improve your indoor air is by using products that absorb the VOCs and particles in your home. And plants are a cheap and effective option.

More than 120 plant species have been examined for their ability to remove VOCs from indoor air. These 4 houseplants are very efficient at removing multiple types of VOCs.

·         Janet Craig – (Dracaena deremensis) 

·         Devil’s Ivy (Pothos) – (Epipremnum aureum) - (This is a poisonous plant so keep kids and pets away).

·         Boston Fern – (Nephrolepsi exaltata) 

·         Peace Lily Sweet Chico - (Spathiphyllum clevelandi) 

Using a variety of plants works best for improving indoor air. But if you don't have a green thumb, another option for absorbing VOCs is activated charcoal bags.

Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) are also good at removing VOCs. Plus, research shows they are also good at removing particles from your indoor air. 

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