The Indoor Air Pollution Myth – Is Your Home Toxic?

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indoor air pollutionWholistic Rejuvenist Gloria Gilbere (N.D., D.A.Hom., Ph.D.) enlightened viewers in a recent YouTube video about the dangers of indoor air pollution. Contrary to what many people believe, the air inside your home may be more toxic than the air outside.

Research statistics indicate that 25% of North Americans suffer from allergies, just over 7% suffer from asthma, and 5.5% suffer from sensitivity to chemicals.  The toxic load of the air is considered safe when it contains a cleanliness percentage of at least 80%.

So how clean is your indoor air? Inside what people may deem as their protective sanctuary from the polluted environment outdoors, there lurk petro chemicals and inorganic substances that contaminate the air quality to a less than acceptable percentage level.

Where the Toxins Hide – A Closer Look

Dust mites often reside in pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, and carpeting without us even knowing they are there. They multiply and cause irritations for asthma and allergy sufferers. View an image of a dust mite up close, and you’ll realize why it is important to be concerned.

Other indoor air pollutants include cleaning products, pesticides, and volatile construction materials. Safer products may cost a little more, but how valuable is your health and that of your family?

Let’s focus on a particular area of the home, the bedroom. What is your pillow made of? Did you know that petro chemicals are commonly found in foam rubber pillows? You should shop for all natural rubber pillow products instead.

Down pillows are okay to use if they have undergone the hyper-washing process, and even then your bed pillows should be washed at least monthly in hot soapy water and dried on a high heat setting.

The places where toxic chemicals hide are often those we never even think about. Laundry products such as detergents and fabric softeners are common irritants, including the ingredients used to add fragrance.

How many products in your home contain formaldehyde? It is often used in draperies, clothing, building materials, paint, shelving, cabinetry, plywood paneling, air fresheners, and even your wonderful smelling fabric softener.

These products, including your dry cleaned clothing, can leak VOCs (volatile organic compounds) into the air while stored in your closet, causing a drastic decrease in your clean air percentage.

One solution is to closely monitor the usage of products in your home and their ingredients and toxicity levels. An additional protective measure is the use of an Alen Air Purifier.

Things to consider when purchasing an indoor air purifier are cost to operate, noise level, and power production and efficiency. To find out more, you might want to research what others have to say in this Alen A350 Air Purifier Review.

Tips on Improving Your Indoor Air Quality include:

•    Avoid smoke; even second hand smoke is dangerous, especially for those with breathing problems
•    Try to keep your home as dust free as possible
•    Wash bed linens weekly in hot water and dry on high heat setting
•    Replace petro chemical pillows and mattresses with organic allergen-free products

Knowing what is in your indoor air is just as important as knowing what isn’t. While a purifier is a great addition to the home for improving air quality, monitoring products used and the ingredients they contain is essential for maintaining the proper air quality percentage for optimal health for you and your family.


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