Indoor Air Quality Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution is hazardous to their health, but are often unaware of the significant health risks posed by indoor air pollutants.
Check it out -look up, look down. Places like tops of ceiling fan blades, cabinets, and under larger appliances can easily be overlooked when cleaning. Make sure these areas are kept free of dust, dander, and other allergens. -Vacuum carpet at least once per week. Use a HEPA (High-efficiency particulate) filtered vacuum to remove allergens that may be stirred up by vacuuming. -Wash drapes and linens in 130 Fahrenheit or high water temperature to kills dust mites.
Control Animal Dander -consider keeping pets out of the bedroom. Pets produce allergens that can promote dust mites. -brush and wash your pets at regular intervals. Most people who are allergic to animals are, in fact, allergic to the saliva and urine that becomes imbedded in pets’ hair. -replace carpet and bedding that has animal dander in it.
Controlling Cockroaches -higher a trained exterminator to eliminate or reduce cockroaches from your home. A protein their droppings is a primary trigger of asthma symptoms. -maintain clean dust free homes. Take out kitchen and bathroom trash regularly. Avoid pilling dirty dishes in the sink for prolonged periods of time.
Mold and Mildews -use a 5% bleach solution to clean moldy and mildewed areas. Dry up standing water and use a dehumidifier in damp basements.
Remember: There is a healthy balance between the use of cleaning products and a healthy home. The overuse of cleaning products is a leading cause of the reduction in indoor air quality.