Sad story: Indoor air quality is usually far worse for your health than the air right outside your house.
All of the prized and lovely things inside your home–everything from flooring to paint to mattresses and furniture–contain chemicals that off-gas into the air you breathe. These harmful toxins like formaldehyde (found in paper products and synthetic fabrics), benzene (in plastics, dyes and detergents), and trichloroethylene (in paints and varnishes) can cause symptoms such as allergies and inflammation, dizziness and drowsiness. Long-term exposure is linked to damage to the liver, kidney and brain, as well as certain types of cancer.
Your best bet for improving your indoor air quality is to limit the toxins you bring into your home in the first place. That means using safe cleaning products, candles and air fresheners, and doing your best to purchase safer product alternatives–like VOC-free paint, mattresses without flame retardants, and formaldehyde-free furniture.
But, if you’re anything like me, you perhaps live in a rental unit you can’t paint and your furniture is a mix of hand-me-down pieces that are most certainly stuffed with things you don’t want to know about. So, in this case we turn to the purifying magic of:…