May 2, 2018
After a long and especially cold winter, we couldn’t be happier to welcome spring. This gradually warmer weather is a great reminder to kick off a thorough spring clean of your home.
But is your spring cleaning routine as clean as it seems?
When it comes to keeping our homes clean, many of us use common brand-name cleaning products; we know they’re effective, they promise a germ-free clean, and they’ve been trusted for generations. We’re also familiar with the warning labels that come with these cleaning products, and we assume that we’re safe from any chemicals they may contain as long as we carefully follow their instructions–but what if we’re wrong?
The truth is, a majority of the scrubs, detergents, and sprays we use to keep our homes clean are actually an invisible threat to our health. This is because most cleaning products fail to protect us from a dangerous flaw that lies within their ingredients–while we are warned that direct contact with cleaning products is unsafe, we aren’t told about the lasting effect the chemicals in cleaning products have on the air quality in our homes.
Your home’s indoor air should be it’s cleanest feature--but it usually isn’t. In fact, indoor air can be 5x more polluted than outside–affecting allergies, asthma, concentration, sleep quality, and much more.
So how can you have an effective spring clean that will also make sure you have a healthy home? It’s easier than you think! We’ve pulled together our favorite healthy spring cleaning techniques into a simple checklist that will help you create a healthy home--one room at a time.
Without further ado, let’s begin your journey to a healthier home with our Living Room Checklist:
Achieve a beautiful shine without putting your health at risk. Window cleaners often use 2-butoxyethanol, which can cause sore throats and liver and kidney damage when inhaled. Unfortunately, 2-butoxyethanol is not legally required to be listed on ingredients lists.
Create your own safe cleaner using ½ cup vinegar, 2 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of Castile soap. Add a few drops of essential oil for a fresh scent!
Common paraffin candles are made up of a variety of chemicals–which are all released into the air when the candles are burned. If part of your spring cleaning includes revamping your decor, opt for candles made of beeswax, which burn clean and very little smoke (they burn slower than paraffin candles, too).
Popular carpet cleaners are filled with a toxin known as perchloroethylene, which has been considered a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency. Fumes from perchloroethylene can cause dizziness, loss of coordination, and other symptoms. Perchloroethylene is also commonly used in dry cleaners.
Look into alternatives to dry cleaning and carpet spot removers–some dry cleaners offer liquid carbon dioxide as a safe cleaning alternative. Pure castile soap is an effective spot remover, too.
The air filters in your heater and air conditioner catch dust, which can build up over months–and will be blown around the house any time the are turned on. Ideally, you should change your filters every 3 months.
Dusting is incredibly helpful for reducing allergies, which can be especially strong in the spring. How you choose to dust, however, will determine how effective the dusting is. Avoid using dry dusters, because they’ll spread dust into your air instead of eliminating it. Instead, use a damp cloth to trap your dust on the spot.
Awair tracks indoor air quality in real-time and gives you the insight you need to breathe easier and live healthier. To learn more about how Awair, simply follow the link below.
Residents of west L.A. and the San Francisco Bay Area awoke this morning to the faint yet familiar smell of smoke. Although San Francisco isn’t as smoggy as it was in November 2018, the smell is a compelling reminder that being out of range of the flames doesn’t mean that you’re safe from harm.
Are you working at home part-time or full-time? We’ve compiled a few air quality tips to help you stay healthy and productive.
While it can be easy to view extreme weather events as only impacting the outdoor space, this is far from the truth. When natural disasters hit, they affect our indoor air quality (IAQ) and can increase the risk of health conditions. In fact, in 2020, “36 counties in Washington, Oregon, and California experienced very unhealthy air quality ratings due to particulate matter from wildfire season,” according to NPR’s analysis of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data.