Healthy Home: 10 Tips to Freshening The Air in Your Home

by Lori

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Healthy Home: 10 Tips to Freshening The Air in Your Home

By: Lori Thayer

Home is where the heart is. Sometimes it gets a bit stuffy though. Every once in a while it seems the air in the house is stagnant and not very fresh. No wonder with all the chemicals we get from the fabrics, paint and furniture that is in our houses. With spring here it is time to freshen the air in your healthy home.

  1. Clean out the vents – you can dust and clean out the tops of the vents yourself or pay for a "duct cleaner" to do a professional cleaning.  
  2. Dust – Thoroughly dust all surfaces, window sills, ceiling fan blades and baseboards.  Dust your plants too, wiping down the leaves will leave them and you healthier. Note: The brush attachment to the nozzle on your vacuum can make this really easy.
  3. Vacuum – Thoroughly clean your carpets and rugs.  It's time to move the furniture and get underneath as well. Go over each section a few times. You may also want to assess whether your vacuum cleaning is doing a good job.  Note: You may need to clean out the brushes on the bottom to improve the vacuum's performance.
  4. Use White Vinegar to clean your floors.  White vinegar is a natural deodorizer.  
  5. Set out some baking soda.  Baking Soda is regularly kept in most people's refrigerators to absorb odors.  Set some out in various rooms in your home to do the same job!  Make this a beautiful addition to the room by putting the soda in a decorative container.
  6. Use indoor plants to clean the air.  There are quite a few plants that can help clean the toxins from your air all year long.  All you have to do is water them regularly, what a bargain.
  7. Use indoor herbs and flowers to add wonderful, natural scents to the air
  8. Clean the sheets, bedding, blankets, and pet beds.  Sheets generally are cleaned quite often but bedding blankets and pet beds need regular cleaning too.  Clean these items quarterly.
  9. Open the windows.  Let in a fresh breeze to clear the stagnant air and push the polluted air out.  Be sure to open at least one window on each side of the house to get the breeze blowing through house to really get air moving.  Note:  Opening a few windows at night is a great way to clean out the air while you sleep.  Bonus: The cooler air might even make you sleep better.
  10. Use Thieves or another non-chemical freshener to clean your air.

How are you making your home healthier this year?  Share your tips in the comments below.

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Lori Thayer is passionate about finding ways to optimize life. As a step-mom of two teenagers, a full-time software tester and a momprenuer she knows how busy life can be. She is dedicated to finding ways to be more efficient and find tools to optimize life so that she can spend more time enjoying life with her family. She loves to hike, camp, read, learn about energy, wellness and online marketing as well as singing karaoke with her husband on the xbox at home.
  • Anonymous

    Great post, Lori! I definitely will use seme of these tips.

    • http://lorithayer.com Lori Thayer

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

  • http://www.sadiefoster.com Sadie

    Great tips Lori! I love knowing that there are healthy ways to keep my home fresh without potentially harming my little ones. This year I’m on a quest to find something to replace my husband’s lawn pesticides and weed and feed. Any ideas?

    • http://lorithayer.com Lori Thayer

      Sadie,
      I will research and let you know. Maybe this will be Thursday’s topic!

  • Kerri Randall

    Dusting is a must! =) And some people need to remember to hit the not-so-obvious places, like on top of fan blades. My doctor also told me a tip for vacuuming–for those of us with allergies, if you spritz a little water on the carpet before you vacuum, it will prevent some of the dust and allergens from being shot into the air as you move the vacuum cleaner.

    • http://lorithayer.com Lori Thayer

      Great tip with spritzing the carpet. Thanks Kerri.

  • Anonymous

    Great tips Lori! Did you know that vinegar also absorbs odors? I leaned this trick from a hotel housekeeper. I moved into a home where an onion had gone soft under the kitchen sink. An open bowel of white vinegar absorbed the odor in a few days. By the way, I Love cleaning with Thieves!!

    • http://lorithayer.com Lori Thayer

      I love these tips. Fabulous to know you like Thieves. I am just starting to learn all about the essential oils. They are wonderful!

  • http://www.healthierhappiernow.com Stacey

    Thanks Lori. Will be buying some baking soda when I am at the shops next!

  • Paul Crowson

    Thanks Lori, ten tips makes it more user friendly to take care of!!!

    • http://lorithayer.com Lori Thayer

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

  • Patcruickshank

    Hi Lori. Good old fashion wisdom that we need to be reminded about especially at Spring cleaning time of the year.

  • http://twitter.com/CarlaJones_ Carla Jones

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing them with the world. I know we all hear about spring cleaning, but I bet most of us don’t take the time to actually do it. These simple ideas make the “doing it” a little easier!

  • http://www.matthewhillis.com Matthew Hillis

    Nice tips. I have always used Baking soda in my fridge but never thought to put it out in the rooms.

  • http://www.FinancialMom.com Pamela Otten

    Really good reminders for those of us who have allergies. Winters are long in Wisconsin, and now is the perfect time to do these tasks.

  • mindy sartin

    Great tips! I definitely notice a difference when we dust regularly.

  • mindy sartin

    Great tips! I definitely notice a difference when we dust regularly.

  • Olga Hermans

    Awesome! I like the vinegar…I will try that for sure…I use the baking soda in the fridge all the time; it really works!

  • comforter sets

    very nice tips. i love these tips.

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