Fresh air is the basic necessity to live and that’s becoming rare now. Almost in every city/ urban areas, the air is polluted with harmful smoke from chemical plants, emission, smoke from vehicles, dust. The quality of air is worst and unsafe to breathe. Breathing polluted air is hazardous to health and it can cause fatal diseases, illness, infections and in worst case death as well. Some of the health problems caused by air pollution are allergic rhinitis, sinus, respiratory tract infections, asthma, cold, cough etc. Air pollution is the cause of millions of death worldwide. (Please see below image to check WHO report of air pollution).
As an individual, we can’t control outside air pollution, but we can contribute to reducing it. E.g. Doing proper maintenance of our vehicles on time can avoid excess smoke from it, Disposing of our garbage in a proper way will avoid harmful chemicals contamination with water and air. If everyone takes precautions we can together save the environment from pollution.
We always think our home sweet home is the safest place in the world. But it is not very true as a house might have indoor air pollution caused by many harmful pollutants. Indoor air pollution can be deadlier than outdoor pollution. You might be thinking, What causes indoor air pollution? And here is the answer, Cooking smoke, chemicals used in household cleaning products, artificial fragrances, smoke, wall paint, furniture, building material, dust are few of the factors which are responsible for indoor air pollution. We can’t control outside pollution but can definitely reduce indoor pollution in the house by taking some measures. Be always a few steps ahead to maintain the quality of your indoor air. Here are few ways to maintain clean air indoors #CleanAirBeautifulHomes.
# 1. Use houseplants for cleaning air: Houseplants like the peace lily, weeping fig, garden mum, Aloe Vera, snake plant clean air inside the house. They absorb particulates and carbon dioxide from the air to release oxygen. Houseplants will improve air quality by removing harmful pollutants like ammonia, trichloroethylene benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene. These plants are easy to care for will beautify your house as well. So for removing pollutants from the air inside your houseplant few of the above-mentioned plants inside the house.
# 2. Reduce use of artificial fragrances, chemical sprays and deodorants in your house. As chemicals used in this product are harmful. To get rid of bad odours in the house keep your windows open and let fresh air pass through.
# 3. The kitchen is the place which can contribute to indoor air pollution. Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and home. Do regular maintenance of chimneys in the kitchen to avoid indoor air pollution.
# 4. Use air purifiers: Air purifier removes up to 99.7 of harmful airborne contamination from preventing entering into your lungs. Installing air purifiers in your home is the perfect way to maintain good quality air.
# 5. Always make sure your home doesn’t have dampness and moulds, as moulds can cause allergic reactions and respiratory problems. If it’s there remove it immediately to avoid any health problem.
# 6. Cleaning of the house is extremely important for removing dust and pollutants Daily clean floors with broom and mop, and along with it go for complete cleaning of the house. Clean walls, windows and doors as well. Walls of the house might have dust, germs and pollutants.
# 7. Try to maintain a clutter-free home. As clutter can be a source of pollutants. Throw unused things and always cover dustbins. Dispose of household chemicals properly.
# 8. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove that dust particles from the difficult to reach corners of the house. Clean carpets, curtains properly to avoid allergies caused by dust particles.
# 9. Choose your building material, furniture, paints wisely. Go for products which have low emissions. This material can release chemical emissions in the air. Chemicals like formaldehyde which is emitted from plywood and glues used in the construction of furniture, cause the air to become toxic and harmful.