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Do's & Don’ts to drastically improve the quality of air in your child's room

Apr 20, 2017

Air pollution has already risen to a level that it’s not only limited to the outside of our homes, but it's also become a part of our indoors too. If you still think that your child is safe while he/she is at home, then it’s time for you to think again. Dust, pollen, pet dander, bacteria, and mould pollute the air at your home. So, when you consider the fact that your child would be spending the majority of his/her time indoors, this is something that you should take up seriously. Improving the quality of air that your child inhales and lives in is of utmost concern.  

Read on to find out the do’s and don’ts of improving indoor air quality for your child to remain healthy and lively.

The Do’s

Let in fresh air

Open a window to get rid of the stale air. While we may not notice it, air quality does get degraded over time as windows are kept shut. It’s highly recommended to open the windows and let in fresh air for a few minutes. You can always switch on the fan to give the process a speed boost and circulate the fresh air evenly.

Use non-toxic cleaning products

Always opt for non-toxic household cleaning products. While you might get easily attached to the fancy products with artificial fragrances, those are the ones that can spread harmful chemicals into the air. These expensive products are a strict no-no as you can always opt for more natural cleaning techniques. Baking soda, lemon juice, hot water, olive oil, and vinegar are amazing home remedies. These ingredients make great cleansers without releasing harmful chemicals. And if you still prefer to use bottled cleansers the advice would be to always check the ingredient list. As a rule of thumb, plant-based ingredients are less harmful.

Air purifying plants

Plants act as natural air filters that can suck in all the harmful air and fill your child’s room with fresh oxygen. Plants like Bamboo Palm, Gerbera Daisy, Peace Lily and Pot Mum are all qualified natural air purifiers. They cleanse the air by eliminating harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene.

Install an air purifier

Invest in a quality air purifier. While dust and soot might not be visible to the naked eye, your child’s room may contain allergens that can trigger bad allergies. A good air purifier cleanses the air, so your child doesn’t have to suffer from an allergy.

HEPA filter

Purchase a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. You may be in love with your carpet, or your child might be quite attached to that giant teddy, but that doesn’t change the fact that these are favourite places to harbour allergens and dust.  Vacuuming is great only if the quality of the cleaner is good. So, make sure you invest in a high-quality vacuum cleaner. 

The Don’ts

Avoid using artificial room fresheners

It’s the most common mistake to confuse aromatic fragrances with cleaner rooms. While you might love the fragrances from artificial air fresheners, they aren’t healthy for your child. While the ingredients never list them, these fresheners are responsible for emitting volatile organic chemicals. Some might even emit phthalates to make the fragrance last longer. Phthalates are extremely harmful and have been associated with hormone disruption and cancer to name a few. Do away with these fresheners and go for the more natural ones that aren’t scented. Use natural fragrances to get the feeling that you want for your child’s room.

Avoid harbouring dust mites

Dust mites are quite common, and they’re the sole reason behind certain allergies. Don’t endanger your child’s room with these microscopic entities. You might encase the mattresses with some PVC-free impermeable covers. It’ll help limit the dust mites in the room. Use a vacuum or an air purifier.

Don’t let the room get dirty

Don’t let your child’s room get all cluttered and messy. Piling dirty clothes for a prolonged period creates an ideal environment for mould and dust mites to develop. Also, paper piles are a known attraction for cockroaches and equally harmful as they spread diseases. Clean your child’s room periodically so that it always has that fresh look and feel.

Avoid excessively humid interiors

Don’t let the humidity level to surge. You can invest on an indoor hygrometer that measures the humidity in your child’s room. Dehumidifying is vital as a surge in the humidity levels can trigger an increase of moulds and mildew that can cause allergic reactions and asthma.

Ensuring an improved air quality for your child to breathe is a must while growing up, and these steps might just make it easier for you to do that.

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