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The Items Causing Air Pollution At Home And What You Can Do To Clean Up

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Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, we are now spending more time at home than we did a few months ago.

This also means that we need to live in very conducive environments for the overall good health and to remain productive.

There are many factors that come together to create a conducive environment. But I would like to focus on the air quality at home. And for a good reason.

One of the things we know so far about Covid-19 is that it tends to take hold in both lungs.

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So, air sacs in the lungs fill with fluid, limiting their ability to take in oxygen and causing shortness of breath, cough and other symptoms.

According to experts from Johns Hopkins Medicine, while most people recover from pneumonia without any lasting lung damage, the pneumonia associated with COVID-19 may be severe.

Even after the disease has passed, lung injury may result in breathing difficulties that might take months to improve.

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With this knowledge in mind, it makes a lot of sense that we should take care of our respiratory system and one of the ways we can do so is by not exposing it to toxic air.

Before we dive into the article, I would like to share a little fact I have dug up in the course of my research. Contrary to what people think— air pollution is caused by factories and moving object like cars, airplanes and trains, air pollution is not limited to external factors.

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Matter of fact, cleaning products, and bedding, building materials, finishes, furniture and several other products at home can emit toxic gas especially when they are not made from natural materials.

They significantly impact the air quality of our living and sleeping spaces.

But how do you go about creating a toxin-free home? I will share with you a few ideas and tips.

The rule of thumbs as far as this is concerned is to choose products that are as natural and chemical-free as possible.

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Also, while building ensure that you go for natural and sustainable building materials and zero VOC paints.

More natural light and even more natural furnishings in the living room

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Whatever you do to the living room, go for natural or organic furnishings. So, items such as rugs, sofas, armchairs and coffee tables should be made of sustainable and organic materials.

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Secondly, ensure that the living room receives as much natural light as possible. This limits the need for artificial lighting during the day.

Pay attention to the bedroom; you will spend a third of your life there

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Did you know that you will spend at least a third of your life sleeping? Now you do.

And, what that implies is that you should strive to make sure that the bedroom is a place that puts your health first.

How? You might wonder.

The secret is to have organic bedding in breathable fabrics like linen, cotton and bamboo and this goes for the pillows and mattress, too.

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Just like in the living room, fresh air plays an important role in eliminating bad odours, so be sure to open the blinds every morning.

Natural beauty products for the bathroom and organic towels for the kitchen

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One thing to bear in mind is that this is where your skin is most likely to come into contact with products you use at home.

So the need to choose natural and non-toxic beauty products like hand wash, shampoos, and moisturisers, as well as cleaning products for your kitchen items like dish soaps and even floor cleaners cannot be overemphasized.

Luckily, organic towels are now widely available and should be used in both these spaces.

 

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