1. BE CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU ALLOW INTO YOUR HOME
The number one thing you can do for the air quality inside your home is to become aware of the products you use and what you bring into your home. Avoid using toxic cleaners, aerosol sprays such as hairsprays and toxic beauty products, air fresheners, candles, and insecticides containing harmful VOCs that are released into the air.
Purchase non-toxic furniture and mattress that are free from flame retardants and synthetic materials when possible. Making changes to purchase clean products can feel overwhelming, but I would suggest making small changes at a time. When you run out of a certain cleaner or beauty product, replace that item with a clean version instead of throwing out everything at once.
2. USE AIR FILTERS
Using a home air purifier is one great way to keep the air clean inside your home. I personally recommend the brand Air Doctor, which utilizes UltraHEPA filtration technology to filter out larger particles such as dust, dander, viruses, bacteria, and mold, as well as a carbon filter, which will remove gasses such as VOCs. The Air Doctor will automatically adjust to the air quality of your home and will increase filtration when necessary, such as after cooking.
3. CONSIDER PLANTS
There are many plants that help reduce bacteria, VOCs, and mold, such as snake plants, golden pothos, philodendrons, lady palms, and peace lilies.
4. AVOID WEARING SHOES IN THE HOUSE
Wearing shoes indoors makes it easy to track in pathogens such as bacteria and viruses as well as pesticides from lawn maintenance.
5. IMPROVE VENTILATION
Opening your windows when cooking, painting, or remodeling helps to remove indoor air pollution.