We all love the smell of familiarity in our homes; that aroma of freshly cooked food, the old couch, or even the smell of the old carpet. But sometimes, the smell of our home walls may be causing us more harm than we can imagine. Indoor air, unfortunately, does not have any of the natural filters, like rain or trees to cleanse it continuously.
Mold in the air is another issue that’s been gaining lots of attention. The symptoms of mold exposure range from mild ones like sneezing and headaches, to vomiting, fatigue, breathing problems, ear infections, and swollen glands.
With sources of pollution constantly surrounding us, its time for us to take charge and do something about the same. Fortunately for us there are simple ways to greatly reduce indoor air pollution without extreme measures.
KEEP IT DRY
Mold and mildew thrive in wet environments. Make sure to fix any leaky plumbing as soon as possible to prevent mold and mildew from growing in hard-to-reach areas like behind walls and under cabinets. Avoid leaving items like damp rugs, moist towels, or wet clothes laying around as these are the perfect medium for mold and mildew to grow in. Running your AC on dry mode also helps reduce the humidity in the room.
This is one of our favorite ways to clean and cleanse the air. Plants naturally convert the carbon dioxide to oxygen for us to breathe, recycling the air. These can be placed in pots on the window sill, or even grown in special fabric pockets. You can even have a living wall covered entirely in plants! What better than waking up to a green patch.
There’s been a lot of buzz in recent years about the power of essential oils. Tea tree oil is a powerful natural fungicide. To use this essential oil to kill existing mold and mildew growth, simply add around ten drops of tea tree oil to a spray bottle filled with water. Spray onto hard surfaces where mold and mildew are growing and let this amazing oil go to work. You’ll still have to scrub a bit, but with repeated use this all-natural cleaner will kill the fungus and help to prevent future growth.
Excess moisture indoors can also be caused by condensation. Condensation forms when the air indoors can’t hold any more moisture. Cooking, showering, drying clothes indoors and breathing without adequate ventilation can all cause excess moisture. Droplets can form on indoor surfaces such as mirrors, windowsills and on walls, particularly when they’re cold.
You can help prevent the build-up of condensation by:
- Putting lids on saucepans while cooking
- Making sure your home is well insulated
- Ventilating rooms regularly and leaving doors open to allow air to circulate
Always allow sunshine to reach every nook of your home as much as possible 🙂