Poor air quality isn’t just a problem you deal with on your morning commute. It can actually seep into your home. Dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, pollen and other allergens can fly through the rooms in your house, making you or your family members sick. Things like lead, formaldehyde and other chemicals can be brought in from the outside or come from paint, new furniture or powerful cleaners. This pollution in your home can make it difficult to breathe, especially for allergy sufferers, people with asthma, young kids and the elderly. It can make your nose runny and your throat scratchy. Here are some ways to improve your home’s air quality.
Giving the entire house a deep clean is time consuming and it could be tempting to put it off. Don’t. If you haven’t done it in a while, set aside a day to really clean. Get under furniture, in closets and every little nook and cranny. You could also always hire someone to do it for you. In between deep cleanings, keep the surfaces as clean as possible. Sweep the floor multiple times a week, and mop or vacuum at least once every week, since your shoes drag in irritants. Dust weekly, and don’t forget ceiling fans and light fixtures.
Keep a Healthy Level of Humidity
You don’t want your home to be so damp and humid that mold and dust mites grow easily, but you also don’t want it to get too dry. Dry air will mess with your skin, nose and throat. Run the air conditioner in the summer to keep humidity levels low, and use a dehumidifier if that’s not enough. Use fans or open windows when cooking or bathing to prevent mold growth in kitchens and bathrooms. Fix any areas or pipes that could be leaking.
Get Proper Ventilation
Sometimes the air outside is even cleaner than the air in your home. That’s because the air in your house that’s dirty or polluted can circulate inside, bringing in more and more irritants while not letting any go. Make sure your home is well ventilated and circulating in fresh air. Open the windows when the weather is nice. Clean your AC units regularly and change the filters every four to six weeks.
Hopefully you don’t smoke since you know it’s bad for you and those around you, and can lead to diseases like cancer. Cigarettes release so many toxic chemicals that get into your carpets, walls and furniture and can linger even after you’ve stopped smoking. It worsens asthma and can make your children sick. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but thankfully there are a lot of resources available to help.
Of course, there may still be times when your throat is sore or scratchy, no matter how clean and pure your air is at home. Gargle Away™ Throat Care by Nature’s Jeannie® helps ease sore throats and laryngitis and reduces the bad bacteria that cause them. It’s made with all natural ingredients like lemon, organic honey, apple cider vinegar and more so you can feel good about what you put in your body.