Ways to Cut Down on Indoor Air Pollution

Photo of Indoor PlantsAre you looking for ways to improve indoor air quality? Are you fed up with allergies and breathing issues related to airborne pollutants?

Below you’ll find 12 natural remedies for improving the air quality within your home so that you can get relief.

1. Avoid Going Outside in the Morning

It is not uncommon for people with allergies to experience their worst allergic reactions in the morning.  Trees release their pollen more in the morning.  If you need to be outdoors try doing so later in the day

2. Change/Shower When Entering Your Home

You bring the outside world in with you every time you enter your home. Particles like pollen and ragweed easily collect on your clothing. A great way to improve indoor air is to change clothes and shower once you come home.  Wash hands and do not touch your face or prepare food until you know your hands are clean.

3. Water Indoor Plants Less

Plants need water.  But, mold also spreads in damp environments where there is a lot of water and can emit millions of mold spores into the air.  Water your plants sparingly and turn a potentially dangerous petri dish into something that won’t cause you problems.  Also, consider putting something like pebbles over the dirt to discourage mold from growing.

4. Wash Your Shower Curtains

Mold also collects in your bathroom more than anywhere else, especially if you have issues with ventilation.  Use bleach to wash your shower curtains every month to get rid of mold.  Consider occasionally opening a window or buying a small portable fan that blows air in and out.  You will also want to consider looking at the vent on the outside of the house.  Make sure it is not blocked or otherwise obstructed.  More often than not, leaves may get in the way.

5. Wash Your Bedding

You sleep on your bed every night, however air pollution settles onto it throughout the whole day. Bedding is a prime area for dust mites to collect and cause in turn create breathing problems. Keeping your sheets clean is one of the easiest ways to improve air quality as well as ensure a less allergic house.  Consider doing this once per week.

Also, adding an air purifier to your bedroom can also keep this area dust free, which can lead to a better night’s sleep. An air purifier works to continuously clean the air around you and help you breathe better. Most devices come with a sleep mode setting and are virtually silent while operating. Take learn more, take a look at our sections on individual product reviews or different ways for how air purifiers can help.

6. Freeze Toys

What?  No seriously, give this a try.  Take things like stuffed animals and put them in the freezer.  This will help kill off things like dust mites.  You will typically not need more than 3 to 5 hours to get the job done.

7. Keep Interior Temperature above 65 Degrees In Winter

Warm indoor temperatures are great in the colder months.  It also helps to slow down and prevent mold growth that comes from damp, cold air.  The heat will help to dry the air and provide less surface area for mold to find a home.  You want your humidity in your home to be around 50%.

8. Clean Out Gutters

This may seem odd, but keeping clean gutters on the exterior of your home can help improve indoor air quality.  With clogged gutters, there is increased risk of water seeping into the home.  The more water you have in the walls, the greater the chance that you will get mold growth.  The next time it rains, check to see if there are any obstructions in the gutter.  These will most likely appear as runoff spilling or leaking over the sides.

9. Remove Clutter from Your Home

You will want to do this often.  Throw or give away clothes you are not wearing.  Raise things off the floor, seal away things you don’t want to get rid of, and create less places for allergic particles to grow, spread and reduce the quality of air inside your home.  From floor to back wall, be proactive and stop these allergens in their tracks.

10. Get Synthetic Fiber Doormats

As doormats break down, they become breeding grounds for all types of things that caused indoor air problems, including mold, fungus and dust mites.  A synthetic doormat will not break down in the same way, leaving far less space for things to spread and grow.

11. Put Shoes by the Door

Just like your clothes, your shoes will track things into the home.  Keep them in an entry room to help stop their spread of indoor air contaminants throughout your home.  Doing so will help prevent pollen, mold, and dust from coming in.

12. Keep Pets Clean

A pet can be your best friend.  A pet can also be your worst enemy if that you happen to have allergies.  Keep your pets clean.  Wipe their paws and use a towel to rub off their coat before allowing them inside.  Bathes can help to remove allergens from their skin and leave you with fewer allergies and improved indoor air quality.