Air that circulates indoors can also be harmful to your family’s health. Check out the tips for maintaining a healthy environment
How about renewing the quality of the air inside your home? We usually only worry about street pollution, but the air circulating indoors can also be harmful to your family’s health. An American research published in the scientific journal HortTechnology drew attention to ozone levels indoors.
According to the scientists, to avoid the concentration of this pollutant, considered one of the most harmful to the quality of the atmospheric air, it is enough to have plants in the house (or in the office). Among the species indicated as the most efficient are the Sansevier trifasciata (Sword of Saint George), python (Epipremnum aureum) and Chlorophytum (Chlorophytum comosum).
And it’s not just to combat ozone that it’s important to have plants indoors. They can also transform carbon dioxide into oxygen, regulate the humidity of the air and still capture some pollutants through its leaves, roots and microorganisms.
Some species also have specific purposes; check out:
· Gerbera, begonia and chrysanthemum: indicated against cigarette smoke. Use in rooms and bedrooms;
· Azalea and Anthurium: Combat pollutants such as VOCs and ammonia. They are suitable for kitchens and bathrooms;
· Cacti: fight electromagnetic waves. The tip is to place them next to the microwave and televisions
· Orchid butterfly: indicated to balance the humidity;
· Christmas Flower and Lily: for poorly ventilated rooms.
Tips to keep your air from getting cleaner
– In addition to plants, avoiding excess chemicals can make a big difference to the health of your entire family;
– Cleaners, paints and varnishes are considered to be major pollutants in homes, as they are formulated with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These substances are released into the atmosphere and can cause discomfort such as irritation in the airways, fatigue and shortness of breath;
– To avoid contact with VOCs, do not buy cleaning products formulated with chlorine, formaldehyde and solvents. Another precaution is to prevent clandestine workers, without their own packaging or label that describes the chemical contents and indicate the manufacturer;
– Try to know and test the ecological cleaning products that exist in the market. Give preference to those who have a certification seal;
– Another alternative is to look for homemade alternatives and equally efficient. The vinegar strips fabric stains, neutralizes strong odors, removes grease and cleans tiles, stoves and pans. Baking soda is used to clean sinks, bidets and toilets, and it also replaces chlorine in the removal of limo – just let the baking soda act for an hour and then remove the lemon juice with a mixture of lemon juice and salt;
– When disinfecting environments, use hot water and soap;
– To remove dust, opt for brooms, vacuum cleaner and cloths. This reduces the use of strong chemicals;
– At the time of the cleaning, prefer rags rather than disposable towels;
– When painting the rooms of the house (and especially the children’s room), choose water-based paints and keep the room well ventilated and natural in the process;
– All environments deserve the same attention, but some spaces need extra care, like kitchens with hoods or hoods, which accumulate dirt on the filters. Grooves or “cracks” in sinks and floors should also be observed, as well as the bathroom stall – in this rather humid space bacteria and fungi may arise;
– In the baby’s room, avoid the use of fragrances with “baby-scented” fragrances, since these products have a high concentration of VOCs;
– When washing baby clothes, give preference to coconut soap, which is neutral and less harmful to skin and nature;
– For the children’s bedroom floor, choose vinyl flooring and rubber mats. These materials, in addition to protecting your child from falls, are easy to maintain;
– Clean the air-conditioning duct every six months. If someone in the family has an allergy, this cleaning can be done every 3 months.