Green Team: Indoor Air pollution

Get the facts:  Indoor Air pollution

Most of us understand the dangers of outside pollution that includes carbon dioxide.  But did you know there is more danger in indoor air pollution?  According to the American Lung Association, indoor air pollution ranks as the fifth highest risk factors to public health.  The average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors, where air quality can be more polluted than outside.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the medical cost, loss of productivity, sick leave, etc. costs the businesses over 60 billion dollars per year.  Children are affected by indoor pollution more than others and their developing bodies are more susceptible to pollutants.  What are air pollutants and what can we do?

  1. Make a habit of not smoking inside the residential area.  Cigarette is the most visible pollutant of air quality.
  2. Cleaning solutions used in the kitchen and bathroom contain chemical, hazardous for health.  The manufacturer of these products want us to buy and use more material, therefore they add refreshing scent of various fragrances to these chemicals.  When something can be cleaned with one spray, avoid spraying at it for extra cleaning.  Be stingy in spraying chemical in your house.
  3. Certain cosmetics such as nail polish remover effect the air quality.
  4. Paint, varnish, and varnish remover
  5. Pesticides, bug spray
  6. Whitening material
  7. Gas stove, fire place, space heater
  8. Mold around the a/c, water dripping pipes, or wood molding under the furniture effect the air quality in your home
  9. Redon gas from closed unventilated areas of the house

What we can do to improve our indoor air pollution:

  1. Review your home, room by room, closet by closet, bathroom by bathroom and find out who has put what where; and asked them why?  Find an alternative location to store cleaning material, washing detergents, spray cleaners, etc.
  2. Look beyond the realm of possibilities and replace eliminate the cleaning material by non-toxic, bio-degradable cleaners sold at many stores and becoming more available.  In addition there are several organic cleaning solutions such as baking soda, vinegar.
  3. When the manufacturer recommend one cup per one bucket of cold water for best results, avoid the urgency of adding two to four cups and use hot water to ensure better cleaning.  This will only increase the level of indoor pollution.  Be Stingy!
  4. Invest in lots and lots of plants in your home, including Allovera, Boston………………  NASA has made recommendation on 10 best plants to improve air quality in your home.