I'm the contributing editor for the GutzyU.com "Green and Gutzy" page. My topic for next week is how to have cleaner indoor air. Any comments are WELCOME.
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All 4 of my daughters have extreme allergies to all dyes and perfumes. Here's what we had to change in our home. Maybe you could get some use from it.
1. stop using plug in air deodorizers. Glade, etc. They use synthetic oils.
2. Stop using air deodorizers. Battery operated ones are just as bad as plug in's. My 4 yr old daughter was getting nose bleeds. Come to find out, it was a battery operated glad plug in that used synthetic oils, not natural as it stated. I contacted the company which relied instantly with a phone call(hmmm) and sent me a check for the amount I payed for it.
3. No room sprays. Again synthetic oils.
4. No linen sprays. Unless you make your own. Water and organic oils in a spray bottle. Shake bottle before each spray.
5. Filters-get allergy filters for all household air systems.
6. No aerosol anything. No hair spray,deodorant,cleaners, etc. Nothing in a aerosol can.
7. No Incense. Ash will make the air quality poor.
8. Dust outside. Anything that collects dust, bring outside to dust it. All those particles will just fall on your furniture, and carpet and still are there. Do it outside.
9. Non-toxic cleaners only. Dont just believe they are green, read label carefully. SG products work best. Beware of those "pretend" green products that leave a film on the surface which you touch and eventually can get into your mouth. Also the "pretend" ones usually smell really strong which can linger around your home and bother you. Make your own cleaners to stop this. Google "homemade cleaners" and you will be amazed how many there are. Plus keep your money in your wallet.
10. Burn beeswax or soy candles. These keep your house smelling nice, are all natural, and burn off any linger smell or bad smells. Beware that there are "pretend" green candles too. So make sure its 100% beeswax or soy wax. If it doesnt say it, its not pure.
Doing this has not only helped my children breathe better but kept out money in our wallet.
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i got a Dyson vacumme after much research...
best buy ever!
i have allergies to dust and mites...
i used to let mom vacumme and i would be home 2 hours after she aired the house again.
now I vaccummeee!
the air actually gets cleaned by the HEPA filter, the microparticles are removed from the carpet, and i actually can breathe BETTER while and after i clean!!
now if only it were made from potatoes>>>
See the website www.healthyperceptions.com for a small and very effective air purifier/filterer - PCI filter. They also have water filters for drinking water and for showers.
After seeing multiple commercials for Freshaire VOC-free paint I went online to try to learn more. I obviously understand that having VOC free paint is beneficial during the painting and the few days following, but I am curious about the long term effects to my indoor air quality. I can't help but wonder if I paint with regular paint and keep the windows open for a few days afterward will it be about the same? Of course I would like to use only VOC free paint for environmental concerns, but being on a budget, I may not be able to. Any comments or info??
Gosh, I wish you had time to by "Naturally Clean" by Jeff Hollander, Seventh Generation's founder. There's an entire chapter discussing how to keep your air indoor air clean - the best and most thorough discussion I've seen anywhere.
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