How To Keep The Air In Your Home Clean For Your Kids

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At any point of the day or night, your children are breathing in toxins and damaging particles in the air, both in and out of the home. When we think of air pollution, we typically assume that it refers to traffic pollution, but indoor air pollution can be as much as five times higher than outdoors. Because our homes are more energy efficient, there is often less ventilation with which to improve the air quality. From off-gassing from furniture to paint and cleaning supplies, there are several ways in which children can become exposed to pollutants – here are some ways to improve the quality of the air.

Replace the Air Conditioner Filters

Keeping the air filters of your air conditioner system replaced on a regular basis is an easy way to help improve the air quality in your home to remove dust, dander and debris. It will ensure that the unit works efficiently for longer, even in the height of summer.

Be Conscious of Furniture

It’s critical that babies and children sleep on an organic mattress, as certain materials can off-gas which the children will then breathe in. Replace all furniture that contains fire retardants, vinyl, polyurethane foam and any other toxic materials which leach into the air. From cabinets and wardrobes to bed frames and changing tables, be conscious of the items you bring into your home, particularly those which children are surrounded by on regular basis in their bedrooms.

Reduce the Humidity

Try to keep the humidity of your home to under 50% as this will inhibit mould growth which can release spores into the air. If space allows, placing a dehumidifier in your children’s bedrooms will help to remove any excess moisture from the air. Another way to achieve this is to ventilate the room daily by opening the windows and letting fresh air in, even if it’s just for five minutes each morning.

Vacuum Regularly

Vacuuming regularly – at least twice a week, but more regularly if you have pets – will reduce the amount of dander and dust mites which enter the air. It’s also a good idea to vacuum upholstered furniture, curtains and mattresses on a regular basis. If possible, choose a vacuum which has a HEPA filter for greater efficiency.

Wash Bedding Weekly

To keep allergy-causing mites and dust particles out of the air, it’s a good idea to wash the bedding in your child’s bedroom regularly in hot water, including their stuffed animals and any toys they sleep with each night.

Add Some Purifying Plants

Plants do more than just brighten up a space, they can actually help to purify the air around them as well. They’re a great addition to your children’s rooms, particularly species such as bamboo palms or spider plants, and can help to offset any toxins released from paint or furniture. Be sure to choose plants which are safe for children to be near to, as well as pets if you have them.


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  1. I really love your tips. I think these are all so important and many of these people might not think of, such as off-gassing from furniture.

  2. My daughter and I are asthmatics and we all have allergies. Non-carpeted rooms are best too.

  3. Dana Rodriguez says

    These are great tips. I have allergies so this is a great post for us too!

  4. Patricia wright says

    I didn’t know that indoor air was 5 times worse than outside air. Good review

  5. Judy Metcalf says

    I don’t have any little ones living at home, all grown but this is good practice for my husband and I. Thank you for the tips.

  6. Donna L Holder says

    awesome info thank you

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