Did you know that the air inside your house is very likely more polluted than the air outside?! It’s true! Indoor air pollution in our homes can compromise our health in some major ways, and it’s not even something most of us think about.
In my own life I’ve seen undetected mold in apartments cause major health problems for friends, and I suspect it was the cause of much of my family’s cycle of illness before we moved out to the country as well. There are environmental contaminants and toxins all over that are contributing to our bodies overall toxic load. So let’s take a look at how we can be proactive with our health by making a few simple changes.
Why is Indoor Air quality so compromised?
One word. Lifestyle. In today’s modern world we have tons of pollutants that we bring into our homes. Laundry products and cleaning products are major culprits. Personal care items, soaps, sprays, plug-in and spray air “fresheners”, candles, perfumes, make up, hair spray – you name it, it’s getting in the air we breathe. And it typically is staying there because we don’t open windows and instead rely on air conditioners. Mold and mildew are also a major concern and can go undetected for long stretches of time, causing serious health problems with seemingly no cause*. We also have building materials that contribute to the air quality indoors. Both old and modern building materials have chemical pollutants that can have dangerous effects – luckily green buildings and sustainable architecture are becoming more popular and that will be a big win for indoor air quality and pollution at large.
How is Indoor Air pollution dangerous for your health?
So just how dangerous is this indoor air pollution to our health? Well, it depends, but lung cancer is up on the list of possibilities – especially if you have a home that has high radon emissions. You can get an at home test kit here, to do an initial test to see if your home has high levels. If it does get a professional involved in testing the home.
More commonly, the health risks include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Lung Cancer
What can we do to decrease indoor air pollution in our homes?
So what can we do about it? Here’s some simple ideas:
- Get a radon test kit and test your home for radon.
- Make sure you ditch your commercial cleaners, laundry products, candles, personal care products, and for heaven’s sake quit frebreezing. And instead use green cleaners and products. I have an entire video talking about this in more detail, but briefly, I highly recommend doTERRA Cleaning Concentrate, its so safe the warning label says if you accidentally ingest it, drink a lot of water. I mean, that’s pretty awesome. I use it to make most of my household cleaners in seconds.
- Use a diffuser and doTERRA essential oils to scent your home and even clean the air. Essential oils like Lemon have cleansing properties that can cleanse the air in your home, and have a positive effect on your personal health.
- Get some plant babies! Yes! Really! House plants are a really wonderful way to clean your air. They are natural air filters and can actually produce clean air for your home.
- Open your windows! Whenever the weather is nice, or even if it isn’t, open the windows in your home for 10 minutes or so, and that can help cycle the air out of your home and get some fresh cleaner air in to it.
- Change your air filters regularly. If you’re like me this is something I always forgot to do. But it’s so important! I mean, when was the last time you changed your air filter?? Really, be honest. When you did change it, it was pretty nasty, wasn’t it? Ya. So get a high quality air filter, and change it every 1-3 months. You can set a reminder in your phone calendar, or you can take the guess work out and us an air filter subscription service. I use FilterEasy and it’s been the best. Our air filter is a bit of an uncommon size, so it was always difficult for me to find. FilterEasy sends me the filters I need every 3 months and I just change it when it arrives – no brain cells needed. If you want to try it for free, you can get a free filter HERE and try them out.
Pretty simple stuff right? I always say, healthy can be simple. Natural living does not have to be complicated or difficult. It just takes a little proactivity here and there. And our health is worth that.
So tell me in the comments, what’s something you do to keep indoor air pollution down in your home? What should I add to the list?