Air pollution is a crucial and critical topic of environmentalists of all the nations in the world. It is a never ending story. Compared to outdoor air pollution, indoor air pollution is the most dangerous one as we spend most of our time inside the house or office. Indoor air pollution is caused by gasoline, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, lead, volatile organic components, pesticides, biological pollutants, formaldehyde, asbestos, perchloroethylene, toluol and radon.
Use of synthetic materials for construction, the use of chemical products are the main reasons for pollution of air within the house. We ignore and take it for granted thinking that our houses are pollution free as we clean the house atleast once a week. Here ignorance is not bliss but a curse. WHO cautions about the increase of daily average of pollutant level that are emitted indoors. By simple methods and following some important guidelines we can manage this menace.
When we become sensitive to this issue half the battle is won. We are so ignorant of so many facets of safeguarding ourselves that we don’t bother about the dire consequences of such ignorance. We take so many security measures to safeguard ourselves.. But we neglect the cleanliness of our house as we are so busy with our own business. Later on we have to pay the price in the form of diseases such as bronchitis, pulmonary cancer, leukemia, mesothelioma, emphysema, pneumonia, cardiovascular problems, etc. Prevention is better than cure applies here.
Make the house smoke free
Youngsters take to smoking due to the pressure of peers or simply considering it as fashion and many elders also smoke as they become addicted to this harmful habit due to stress. In some places like hotel, we can see there is a separate section or room to accommodate such smokers. There are some chain smokers and they smoke when they are sitting with their family members. It is very dangerous because passive smokers are affected to a great extent. Especially children will be affected badly. If you smoke, it is better you give up the habit or you choose a place outside your house in order to smoke. When the smoke mixes with air, it is a great cause of worry for others. E-cigarette is also harmful as it not only leads to nicotine addiction but also causes indoor air pollution.
Many serious health problems arise due to poor ventilation in the house. Especially, exposure to carbon monoxide will lead to cardiovascular diseases. I have seen houses similar to go downs without any windows to allow air inside the house. It is not favorable to our living condition as the air that we breathe will lack oxygen. Grow plants that absorbs impure air. Felling of trees are discouraged and planting of saplings is encouraged. Nature plays a pivotal role in keeping the ecological equilibrium intact. In houses we can grow up vegetable plants so that we need not purchase vegetables from the market. Rose, Lilly and other flower plants add splendor to our homes.
Use exhaust fans
We can’t control air pollution outside our house but we can control it inside our house by using exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom. For better indoor air quality exhaust fans are a must in every house. If you don’t have one, hire an electrician to install it. Also make sure that the exhaust fans are in functioning condition. If you have asbestos floor tiles in bathrooms, have a professional to repair it in order to avoid pollutants when it is broken. Use exhaust fan while cooking and washing to avoid moisture mixing with the air causing pollution.
Stop the use of chemical air fresheners
We think that the air fresheners make our house and office clean. How wrong we are!!! Headaches, skin rashes, nausea, mental disorders, migraines, asthma attacks, infertility are all because of inhaling air fresheners. We don’t know the severity of this issue until we become a victim to it. Air fresheners are said to contain one or more of the following toxic chemicals.
- Benzyl alcohol
- Petroleum based toxins
The commercial air freshener may contain chemicals that are not listed out here. Making our very own air freshener is the best solution to avoid contaminating fresh air with chemicals. In a water spray bottle, mix organic aroma oil. Spritz around your house or office.
Old is not always gold
We buy consumer goods like TV, Mixie, grinder, newspapers, magazines and much more. When they get old (not in the usable condition) we don’t dispose it off. But we keep them in the store room for a long time. This is a bad practice. There are so many vendors ready to take them and hence we should give it to them. We should not keep them as a treasure. We should also get rid of the things that we don’t need anymore (like toys, broken wooden table) as dust and dirty particles accumulate in them creating air pollution. It is better to be safe than to regret.
Nowadays electronic goods are purchased and every household is having more than a dozen electronic gadgets. The children and parents are holding electronic gadgets such as smartphones. Laptop, computer and other related accessories are also there to occupy the house. When the said items become out moded or they slip into irreparable condition their disposal should be done very carefully. We cannot throw them into the dustbins just like that .They should be given to any organization which handles the recycling of such equipments immediately beecause if you keep it in your house for long, it will cause air pollution.
Laundry detergents are toxic
If we can smell the fragrance on our clothes, it is probably because there may be toxic ingredients in the laundry detergent that we use daily. Even the ones that say it contains natural ingredients may be toxic. We never know. First and foremost, we must go through the ingredients of the detergent. If it has harmful carcinogens such as nonylphenol ethoxylate, then we are better off avoiding them. If we don’t take this as a warning sign, all these carcinogens do is lead our family to cancer and hormonal imbalances. We must switch to a safer product that does not contain carcinogens as an active ingredient.
Chlorine in the air
Do you know that consumption of chlorine water or inhaling chlorine causes birth defects, miscarriages in women and reduced sperm count in men? So next time, when you take bath or drink water make sure that you filter out chlorine. Chlorine doesn’t directly cause threat to the living beings but when it combines with the other chemicals, it is a great cause for worry. Respiratory disorders, lung irritation, poor immune system, skin diseases, eye problems are caused because of getting in contact with chlorine.
As long as we human beings are alive we would have the need to dispose garbage bags. It has been discussed many a times. Plastic bags contain toxic elements that can cause water, air and soil pollution. How many of us actually hear this? We know plastic bags can cause cancers and other harmful diseases very well. But we use plastic bags daily just because they are cheap. Our health has become a joke. Be a health freak. Also don’t eat food and drinks that comes from plastic packaging and avoid use of plastic bags, plastic toys, plastic containers entirely.
Kill dust mites
The real problem with the dust mites is that they can firmly sit in our sofa, mattresses, pillows, table cloth, carpets, etc. So before cleaning the house, we need to make sure the dust is wiped out in these things. If not, the dust will mix with the air and cause allergies to us. Dusting often is necessary to destroy dust mites. Using a HEPA filter vacuum and air filter will help to decrease and destroy these mites to a large extent. It is also best to use humidifier to kill dust mites. If you don’t kill dust mites, it will lead to eczema, conjunctivitis and many such diseases.
Pets are stress busters ,but creators of air pollution
Pets like dogs, cats, rabbits and birds play a vital role in our life. By their mischievous and playful actions they make us laugh, feel funny and joyful. Dogs, cats and rabbits should be trained to toilet manners so that they don’t pee in our house. Even the food we give to them should not lie in the plate as flies will sit on them. We must clean the bird house thrice a week in order to feel the fresh, clean air. As we do this, pets also will breathe fresh air just like us and live a healthy life.
Cleaning the house should be taken as a serious one
By virtue of attraction to clean ambience we should clean our house in such a way that the house gives a majestic look. Many engage servant maid to do the job. But in reality, it is not sufficient. We have to plan and sort our program to make the cleaning job a serious one. I have seen family members thronging to restaurants on Sundays as they say they have undertaken the work of cleaning the house on that day. It is indeed a heartening idea and it results in our wellbeing and happiness. Where there is a will there is a way. You make out a schedule and involve all the family members and see that the house is cleaned to give a nice look.Cleaning refrigerator, air conditioner and other home appliances once a month saves a lot of trouble.
When family moments contribute to the cleaning of the house and keeping the house neat and tidy, the burden would not be felt by a few alone. How we are taking time to clean our body in the same way we have to keep the house like a beautiful garden. Then only we can enjoy the serenity and tranquility and the living take you to joyfulness. Collecting the waste elements, filth and garbage, we should not throw them away just like that. Now the city corporation people are insisting that the waste materials to be disposed off should be sorted out category wise as their work would be easier. This is not only good for them but also to us as air pollution in the house is reduced constantly.
Latest trend is to build Eco homes using natural resources . It is to live close to nature. In real sense if the Eco homes are built , we can call them Iconic homes.This would pave way for making ecologicla balance.
Paint your home
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