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Seventh Generation Wants to Clear the Air This Fall

Author: robin

Autumn WindowYour air, that is. Visit your local retailer for great deals on Seventh Generation products starting this week. As winter approaches, we open our windows less, trapping polluted air inside our homes. The easiest way to keep your home healthy is to use all-natural cleaning products that won’t leave behind harmful chemical residue or pollute indoor air. Here are 9 more ways to clear the air this fall.

  1. Open your windows! EPA research has found that indoor air can contain levels of pollutants 2-5 times higher than the air outside.
  2. Place welcome mats near your doors to remove particles and pollutants carried in on shoes.
  3. Use natural cosmetic, personal care, and feminine hygiene products. Conventional versions of these products often contain many untested and unregulated chemicals.
  4. Dust with a damp cloth to collect and remove dust instead of stirring it back into the air.
  5. Use paper products made from unbleached or non-chlorine bleached recycled paper, which help prevent waste, deforestation, and the pollution created by traditional paper manufacturing.
  6. Store food in #1, #2, #4, or #5 plastic containers, which are less likely to leach unsafe chemicals. Never heat food or serve hot food in plastic of any kind.
  7. Use a chlorine-free dishwasher detergent to keep your dishwasher’s steam free of unhealthy chlorine vapors.
  8. When it’s time to buy new home furnishings, choose those made from solid wood -- not pressed woods and particleboard -- which often use glues that emit formaldehyde vapors.
  9. Stay informed. When it comes to ideas for healthy homes, there are always useful new things to learn. Share your ideas below.

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10ftdoll picture
The office where I work was just newly remodeled and there were definitely pollutants in the air. New paint, new carpet, new cubes with fabric. The smell is pretty strong that I had to wear a mask for a few days while making sure others don't think I have the H1N1 virus. I'm pretty sure none of the materials used during the construction are green. My acupuncturist told me about this book called How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office (Dr. BC Wolverton), which features plants that are very good at absorbing chemical vapors and also providing oxygen. I have since bought 3 kinds of plants and my little area seems fresher. This link is a good resource too that you might want to check out:
deelish10 picture
I have 2 top quality air cleaners in my house. As I live in the south I have the opposite problem, too hot 7 months of the year and too smokey from fires the other 4 months. I also find and use all items free of parfums, from toilet paper to dish soap, shampoo, detergent, dryer papers. Everything has to be fragrance free because my asthma can not handle all those scents. It is a challenge, but the air cleaners and vinegar and water cleaner has helped and made my lift much easier. Get out and walk and exercise as much as possible and keep your house as scent free as possible! Clean and change your air filtration systems often. It really works!!
dorothyp picture
dorothy A couple years ago, I moved into a mobile in August. After I closed the windows in late October, I was really tired for several weeks. I realized I was sleeping 10-12 hours a night and feeling terrible the rest of the time. Finally, I put a small, good quality air cleaner in the bedroom. That night I slept 8 hours and felt great. I bought a whole home air cleaner and had no more problem. The poor air quality was the sole cause of my malaise.
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In Germany, the houses are constructed with air-tight windows, so to prevent mold and such in the house, you HAVE to air the house out basically every day. In the winter, most people usually do it first thing in the morning - after everyone is up and basically out of the house. You only need to open the windows a crack and leave open for just 15-20 minutes and that should be enough. Then close the windows and leave any drapes or blinds open enough to maximize sunlight that will help naturally re-heat the house. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can use that to your benefit by not letting the heat run until the afternoon (unless of course, you're in your house all day). Obviously, each house is different in where it sits, how much sunlight it receives, etc... but look to maximize what you already have naturally available.
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michelelyl picture
I end up with very bad migraines at night if the windows are shut. I have to leave a fan on year round and the window open a crack- even in winter. We turn the heat down really low- 62 degrees- and we use an electric blanket on the bed. The biggest problem we have is wintertime- it snows here frequently in the winter and is very cold. About once a week in the winter, we shut off the heater, bundle up in our jackets, put the sweaters on the Yorkies and bundle them in blankets, turn on the fans and open all the windows for about 1/2 hour. Yes, we have to re-heat the house, but the benefit to airing out the house outweights the cost of re-heating. Does anyone have any other suggestions on airing out the house in winter when you have below freezing temps and snow?