Green Thursdays: Breathing Fresh Air

We spend a lot of time inside.  As much as I try to get us all outside to enjoy some fresh air, if I just look at the amount of time we spend asleep and eating indoors, we spend the majority of our time inside.  That’s why I want the air in my house to be clean.  I don’t  mean smelling clean, I mean really clean and as free from pollutants as possible.

I don’t use aerosol sprays in my home.  I feel the chemicals in them contribute to indoor air pollution, rather than eliminating it.  Instead, I do a few simple things to improve the air quality in my home.

1. Open Windows:  This is the simplest and most effective way I keep the air in our home clean.  Even five minutes a day of open windows helps.  It lets the polluted air out and the clean air in.  It really helps eliminate odors in our home.

2.  Houseplants:   Plants are natural air cleaners.  They remove carbon dioxide from the air and purify it.  I recently got a basil plant for my house.  It does three things for me.  It cleans our air by absorbing the carbon dioxide.  It smells great, providing a fresh, natural scent.  And, I can grab a few leaves to cook with when I want.

3. Natural Air Fresherner:  If I feel the need to do a little more, I use natural products.  Sprinkling baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming eliminates odors.  To freshen the air, I mix 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in two cups of hot water in a spray bottle and spritz around the room.  Lemony fresh and all natural.

4. Simmer pots: Another natural way to freshen the air is to simmer herbs, citrus peels, and spices on the stove.  Just like simmering a batch of homemade speghetti sauce fills the house with a wonderful aroma, so do simmer pots.  I’ve been using lavender from my garden or lemon peels this summer.  Cinnamon sticks with apple slices are great in the winter.

These simple things keeps us breathing fresh air even when we’re inside.

** This is part of the Healthy Child Blog Carnival about Clean Water and Air Solutions – an effort by Healthy Child Healthy World to help inspire a movement to protect children from harmful chemicals.”

Read more:  http://healthychild.org/get-involved/events/comments/blog_carnival_clean_water_and_air_solutions/#ixzz0wB1ZV8kn


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  1. adrienne says:

    Thank you for the award! Too sweet of you! I’ve accepted it on blog http://www.theiowafarmerswife.blogspot.com.

    I love the simmer pots idea! I’ll have to try that, although we’ve had a pot of tomatoes simmering into sauce at one time or another for the past month! I’ve also been using the spray you mentioned a while back. Love it! We, too spend a lot of time inside. It’s been SO hot this summer and it’s too stinkin’ cold (and snowy) in the winter.

  2. Erika
    Twitter: TimeWithOurKids
    says:

    Great suggestions! I love the idea of the simmer pots. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I like the simmering herbs idea. We keep the windows open, whenever possible.

  4. I really need to get some houseplants. I think the lingering smell of delicious food is one of the great side-benefits of cooking at home. Right now my house smells like sizzling butter, pancakes and whipped cream. Yum.

  5. Hey, I like that Green Tips gadget. I think I’m going to use that too.