How to Combat Indoor Toxins and Make Your Home Safer

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Indoor toxins in the home is a concern for many homes. The air inside your house may be more polluted than outside, and it can cause many health problems in the long term if not treated. Want to find out how to combat these toxins and make your home safer? Read on!

What toxins are lurking around in your home?

Indoor toxic substances may come from building materials like carpets, paints, furniture or byproducts of cooking like smoke or grease that gets into the air.

Mould, which many households have, is caused by dampness and too much moisture around the home. Mould can also grow on food in crevices, along the side of benches or under the fridge. As you have read, different types of mould grow on numerous things, but all can give out spores that can cause allergic reactions.

Dust mites are found on fabric and in carpets. They feed on dead skin that falls from you or pets if you have any. They can be hard to spot and can cause problems, especially in mattresses. If you have dust mites, they can multiply, and once this happens, you will want to purchase a new one.

Cleaning products help to handle problems, but chemicals in them can also cause them. Disinfectants, aerosol sprays, cleaners and pesticides can all have chemical-based elements that might cause a bad reaction.
They can also even contain elements such as triclosan – this reacts to UV light to create the phenomenon known as indoor smog.

How to combat indoor toxins

These are just a few of the most common toxins that we introduce or let into our homes. But there are easy ways to keep them at bay.

  • Use a doormat

A doormat catches toxins from coming outside to inside the home, but you do have to regularly vacuum them to make sure these toxins are removed and do not get the chance to spread.

  • Regularly vacuum and mop 

Many vacuum cleaners have filters that destroy toxins. Mopping the floor helps remove debris where toxins survive.

Wipe down surfaces

Warm water and a cloth are all you need to remove any debris or dust accumulating on surfaces.  

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  • AVOID chemical cleaners

If you can avoid chemical cleaners, you can reduce the risk of a reaction. Instead, look at natural cleaners such as lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, baking soda or even just warm water to get the job done.

Get some help

There are also other ways to monitor the home and spot potential problems. Radon and carbon monoxide detectors can be lifesaving, spotting those invisible gases that can cause health problems and even be fatal in extreme cases.

A humidity tester can help you achieve the ideal of 30-50% humidity in the home. If the humidity is too high, it will cause dampness, and when the humidity is low, you will notice that your home becomes dry and unpleasant.

Finally, look at the ventilation of the house. Kitchens and bathrooms are the top culprits for creating toxins, so look at fans and other ways to ventilate the space. Open windows to let fresh air in once in a while.

Conclusion

Don’t make cleaning up the air in your home complicated. All it takes is a few steps and equipment to clear out the toxins to benefit you and your families health.

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