Wait.. what does this have to do with self care? Don’t you think you’re being a little extra?
I get it. When I was writing this I was like.... “Man.. this sounds a little ridiculous” but then I learned that the air in your home could be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside. And that’s not something I want me or my daughter breathing in every day... especially now that we are confined to our homes.
It’s crazy... but think about it. Air toxins can range from pesky allergens to life threatening mold or carbon monoxide. You have to take control of the air quality in your home to make sure your family is healthy and protected.
But don’t stress love... Improving your home’s air quality is easier than you think. Here are the 3 things that made a significant difference in my home.
1. Nightly Vacuuming
I know... I know!
“Ain’t nobody got time for that”... but trust me.
Think back to how fresh your home feels after you vacuum... That means it wasn’t fresh prior to. It makes sense - we shed almost a million skin cells each day, track dust and dirt from outside, and more.
So don’t pass on the nightly vacuuming.
2. Investing in quality air purifiers
They come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from expensive to budget friendly. Think about your needs... My daughter has both eczema and asthma, and we both suffer with seasonal allergies. So I went with purifiers with a little more kick.
The Germ Guardian Pluggable Air Purifier
It provides cleaner air, helps reduce airborne germs and mold, and reduce household odors. I have one in the kitchen to help with cooking fumes and killing airborne mold, same for the bathroom.
The Oreck DualMax Air Purifier
It‘s patented design is like a magnet for dust and allergens. I have one in the living room and bedrooms.
3. Decorating with foliage
Yes! House plants... I just wanted to sound fancy with the foliage. :)
I love house plants and the homey feel of having indoor plants. So I was super excited to learn that some house plants are known as purifying plants. They behave like natural humidifiers and reduce CO2... And they double as decor ;)
I have plants in all the rooms.
Bathroom: English Ivy
There have been studies that show English Ivys reduce mold and feces from the air... making it perfect for the bathroom.
Kitchen: Aloe Vera
Known for its healing properties and health benefits, Aloe Vera was a must - a bonus is it’s known to help with benzene, a chemical found in paint.
Living room: Peace lilies
Peace Lilies aren’t just gorgeous but they also help reduce the levels of mold spores in your home. They use the spores as food but absorbing them through its leaves.
Bedroom: Snake plant
Want to breathe better? The the snake plant is the move...
Not only does it absorb carbon dioxide - it also releases oxygen during the night.
The best part is you can get started without breaking the bank... vacuuming is free.
You can except to spend anywhere from $10 to $100 on foliage depending on what you want. Most of your funds will go to getting an air purifier, which can be upwards of $400.
The goal is to just get started. Breathing is one of our foundational needs, let’s make sure it’s helping us not hurting us.