Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to do something positive about your indoor air quality.
Winter is a particularly important time to think about your indoor air since you’re so trapped in it – no one in my state of Michigan, at least, is regularly airing out their homes.
If you’re using natural cleaners already, that’s a great first step in avoiding some of the chemicals that can make many homes more toxic than one would expect for day-to-day breathing.
But there are so many things that impact our indoor air quality that we can’t really avoid: paint and carpet, pressed board cupboards, unknown mold and mildew, furniture and mattresses and more.
It’s more than I want to think about, to be honest.
Today I’m just going to give you three quick resources to follow up on, two posts that I’ve written previously at Kitchen Stewardship on indoor air quality and a mold test that we did just before Gabriel was born.
Our contributing writer Jamie will follow up on Wednesday with many more sources for poor indoor air that you can troubleshoot as well as a handful of other ways to improve the air you breathe. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss that one!
- Get some air filtering plants.
- Our experience with an air purifier.
- EMSL Analytical, Inc. offers a home mold test – you vacuum up dust in two rooms and send it in for analysis. Ours was not bad, but not good. More research needed. It’s my personal MM for this week! You can’t order it online, but here’s the number to call: 856-858-4800 (I price-checked with a few other options, and this one was almost $100 less for the same service.)
This subject is one on which I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface – I need to figure out what in the world the mold test results mean and what to do about it, and I should get more plants.
I got two English Ivy plants for my birthday and have already killed one. Overwatering. I am nothing if not a brown thumb!!
What steps do you take to improve your indoor air quality? I can’t wait to learn from you!
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