We tend to think of air pollution as something outside — smog, ozone, or haze hanging in the air. But the truth is, the air inside in your homes, offices, and other buildings are more polluted than the air outside. The air inside in your home may be polluted by house dust, fire-retardants, radon, and even unstable chemicals from fragrances. Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive through a new mattress or furniture, carpet cleaners, or a coat of paint on the walls.
But because we spend so much time in our home especially in colder weather so we should keep the air quality as clean as possible in our home, car and workplace is important for our health. Since in earlier days of winter in Delhi there were so smoke in air. Indian Medical Association (IMA) president KK Aggarwal called on Delhiites to stay indoors while adding that the particulate matter 10 (pm) and 2.5 has crossed 600 which is hazardous for the people.
Here are some steps that you can take —
1.Keep your floors fresh
Chemicals and allergens accumulate in household dust for decades. By using a vacuum you can reduce concentrations of lead in your home. You can also get rid of other toxins, like fire-retardant chemicals as well as allergens like pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Using a vacuum cleaner that has strong suction and rotating brushes ensures that dust and dirt won’t get blown back. Don’t forget walls, carpet ends, and furniture, where dust accumulates.
Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind. You can skip the soaps and cleaners and just use plain water to capture any dust or allergens. New microfiber mops (and dust cloths) capture more dust and dirt than traditional fibers and don’t require any cleaning solutions.
Put a large floor mat at every door. People capture dirt and chemicals on their shoes. A door mat reduces the amount of dirt and other pollutants from getting into your home. If the mat is big enough, even those who don’t clean their shoes will leave most dust on the mat – not on the floors in your home.
2.Make your Home ‘No Smoking Zone’
Since the single most vital phase of indoor air pollution is secondhand cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals. Secondhand smoke is harmful to children’s health and can cause to a series of illnesses such as asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, pneumonia, and ear infections. Cigarettes are the causes of such type of diseases, but yet, there is still millions & millions of people in the world who is living on this. Each new cigarette adds to the pollution from the previous cigarette. Smoking not only affects the smoker’s health, it also influences the surrounding atmosphere. Smoke and cigarette affect the air, water and land. All smokers think that by smoking they are only damaging their health. They don’t know about the fact that their smoking is indirectly affecting others health. And they are direct contributors to the environmental pollution.
Some steps to get rid of the smoking habits-
Nicotine Replacement theory- Brands names are Habitrol, Nicoderm patches, Nicorette inhaler, Lozenge etc.
Non Nicotine medications-some names are Bupropine SR, Vareniclene tertrate, Nortiptyline, Cloidine etc.
Even the smoke arise from cooking in kitchen is also pollute the air of homes which is harmful for our health. We should avoid this also by using an exhaust fan in kitchen. You may check air pollution in India 24*7 from here SAFAR-India
3.Clean Out the Clutter
Dirty, cluttered houses can make you tired, constipated, have back pain, and congested. Not just because there’s stuff everywhere, but because there is dust on all that stuff — and dust is nothing but negative energy. Cockroaches, rats, and mice find a lot of places to live in the clutter. Many kinds of diseases are carried by these pests.
There are few steps that can help you get through the process of getting rid of clutter in your home or office environment.
Choose a spot for incoming papers.
Start clearing a room.
Clear off a counter.
Pick a shelf for put your things.
Make a box for extra things.
Call your local NGOs for charity your old clothes and other things.
Clear out your drawer.
Fill one trash bag and dump it.
Plants are helpful in removing poisonous chemicals from the air called volatile organic compounds. It contains things like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene. It can be produced from materials used in constructing homes and buildings. Plants work by absorbing contaminants through the pores on the leaves, and by metabolizing contaminants through organisms living in the soil. Plant a garden that clean the air and give the nutrients to air. There are so many plants out there that will eat up the junk in the atmosphere. We should choose those plants which are air-purifier and not dangerous for children and pets. Some plants are- Spider plant, golden photos, snake plant, bamboo palm, peace lily etc.
5.Keep a healthy level of humidity
Dust mite and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around helps them. A dehumidifier helps reduce moisture in indoor air.
Tips for dehumidifying your home-
Use an exhaust fan or open a window when cooking or bathing.
Don’t overwater houseplants.
Let the clothes dryer to the outside.
Fix leaky plumbing to avoid moisture.
Vacant drip pans of your air conditioner
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