A great way to begin reducing air pollution is in your home. Indoor air quality problems in the home are primarily caused by pollution sources that release gases and particles in the air such as varnishes, paints, cleaning supplies, air fresheners, pesticides, and furnishings. Additionally, poor ventilation can further increase indoor air pollutants by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute indoor pollution and by not carrying air pollutants out of the home. There are a variety of ways you can improve the air quality in your home. Start improving the air you breathe by implementing some of these easy clean air tips!
- Use natural plant-based cleaning products
- Use no/low VOC paints and adhesives
- Buy goods made from natural and recycled materials.
- Do not smoke or allow others to smoke in your home.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm
- Test your home for Radon and install a radon mitigation system
- Ensure rooms have proper ventilation.
- Use natural briquettes for barbecue grills and avoid using lighter fluid; consider using a propane gas grill instead.
- Ensure fuel-burning appliances have been installed properly and are well maintained.
- Change your air filters regularly.
- Do not burn trash & yard waste, which releases dioxins that can cause immune system suppression, disruption of hormonal systems, and cancer.
- Avoid using gasoline-powered lawn tools.
- Purchase no-spill gasoline cans.
Here is a link to an EPA environmentally friendly buying guide:
The Missouri Botanical Garden has a developed a quick household guide to Detox Your Domicile. Detox Your Domicile – Missouri Botanical Garden
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