Off the top of your head, do you know the current state of your indoor air quality? For most homeowners, that’s actually a difficult question to answer — and that’s perfectly normal since your IAQ is something that can’t be seen by the human eye.
However, if you start to feel allergy-like symptoms, notice the formation of mold, and possibly smell something foul at all times, chances are, your indoor air quality has seen better days.
But what exactly creates poor IAQ in your home, or any indoor environment for that matter? Grab your detective gear and let’s solve this case together!
Household Cleaning Supplies
You know that countertop cleaner you’ve been using for years that has a robust and potent odor but gets the job done right every time? Believe it or not, that “MVP” cleaner is causing more harm than good. Think about it: while those chemical cleaners will help rid of germs and keep your home sparkling, they’re also deteriorating your air quality with the ingredients they’re composed of; those chemical particles always manage to go airborne with every spray.
Of course, you can’t just stop cleaning your home (that would be a recipe for disaster), but you can look into greener, more natural cleaning agents. And you’d be pleasantly surprised at how many well-known retailers sell a wide variety of green cleaners that usually cost no more than their chemical cousins!
When you’re cooking up a delicious meal on the stove, what type of cookware do you generally gravitate towards? Most will use a nonstick pan (after all, it makes post-meal cleaning a breeze), but that actually can contribute to your poor indoor air quality. If you’re using a nonstick pan and it heats over 500° F, there’s a chance that toxic chemicals from your cookware can go airborne and further bog down your indoor air quality.
If you’re looking to cook your meals in good spirits, try to opt for cookware that isn’t considered nonstick. This will help keep your IAQ in a good spot while eliminating the chance of stray toxins from migrating.
Before guests arrive at your home, do you find yourself using an aerosol room spray that promises to make your living smell like freshly-baked cupcakes? While the aroma might be an excellent addition, it’s also harming your indoor air quality. Just like a chemical house cleaner, these room sprays use a series of harmful additives to provide that scent unnaturally.
Luckily, if you’re searching for a way to spray a pleasant aroma in your home, it’s best to look into natural, DIY room sprays, or even opt for an essential oil diffuser. While these methods won’t make your living space smell like a freshly-baked cherry pie, they will, indeed, make it smell fantastic without harming your indoor air quality!