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5 Simple Ways to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

Not confined to the air that exists outdoors, the air in your home has a significant effect on your health and the quality of your sleep.

10th February, 2020
by Carl Walsh

 Ironically, the main causes of poor air quality are the things you do to make your home cleaner and more inviting.

Chemicals and other pollutants don’t just come from cars. The biggest culprits are:

  • Pets and pet hair
  • Air fresheners
  • Cleaning products
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Mould and damp

The good news is, there are just as many simple ways to improve the air quality in your home and minimise the risk of asthma, allergies, and other respiratory problems. Some of them might surprise you.

Lemon in hand

Replace chemical cleaners 

If like most people you've never questioned using chemical cleaners, you could be forgiven for thinking they're the only way to ensure hygiene in the home. The truth is, overuse of these chemicals sends dangerous particles into the air we breathe. 

Some of the best alternatives to chemical cleaners you probably already own. Items like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon are wonderfully effective. And better still, cost next to nothing.

To clean kitchen counters and appliances, all you need is 4 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 litre of warm water, and a few drops of lemon juice. Simply pour or spray the solution onto a clean sponge and wipe. Voila.

Koala asleep

Sleep ‘Au Naturel’

In a world filled with synthetics and man-made fibres, going natural with your mattress is a great idea. If you want to minimise your use of petrochemical and plastic-based products, it's wise to start with the place where you sleep. 

Our Natural Mattresses tick all the boxes. They're all handmade and don’t contain any harsh chemicals or dyes. Which means fewer nasties to pollute the air.

You'll also find:

  • Natural wool cotton silk cashmere and mohair to regulate temperature
  • 100% chemical-free naturally sustainable materials
  • 100% recyclable biodegradable & zero waste to landfill

Even in our Superior Natural Mattress, the natural latex comes from rubber trees, whereas man-made or synthetic latex is created using a chemical process. The two feel, look, and even smell quite similar, but a good natural mattress should only use naturally-produced latex.

  1. Superior Natural Mattress
    Superior Natural Mattress

They’re a wonderful choice if you want to live and sleep in harmony with the environment.

Say Hello to Aloe Vera Plants

When it comes to lighting floral candles and spritzing expensive essentials oils around the home, more isn't always better. 

Grow the real thing and experience a natural sleep aid that can also filter the nasties out of the air and help you breathe easier. Helping you to sink into a deeper, more natural sleep. 

Allergy and asthma sufferers could benefit the most from adding a houseplant to the bedroom. One of the most effective of these air-purifying plants is Aloe Vera. 

This super plant is easy to care for and is especially good at soaking up carbon dioxide from the air and producing oxygen. Everything you need for purer air and a better night's sleep.

House plant

Deal with Damp and Mould 

High humidity provides a perfect breeding ground for mould and dust mites. If you have asthma or a weakened immune system, you should take extra care to lower the humidity levels in your home.

Open a window when you have to dry clothes indoors so the water vapour can escape. Even when you’re not drying clothes, letting the outdoors in is the easiest way to remove polluting particles from your home.

If a leak is causing damp or mould patches to form, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Especially during cold weather when humidity is at its highest.  

Rain on window

Ventilate as You Decorate 

If spring cleaning has turned into spring decorating, make sure that ventilation is a top priority. Chemicals found in everyday paints, varnishes, aerosols, and cleaning products can significantly reduce the quality of the air in your home.

Always wait for paint and solvent smells to disappear before letting people and animals use the room. Be mindful that new flat-pack furniture, lino and carpet, fabrics, glues, and insulation can also release potentially harmful chemical particles into the air.

Paint on walls

And Breathe…

With these simple steps, you’ll be well on your way to removing airborne nasties and enjoying a deeper, more restful sleep. 

Feel free to share your own clean air tips, or get in touch to find out more about upgrading your sleep with a natural mattress in time for spring. 

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