The Asthmatics' Guide to Improving Your Indoor Air Quality

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As an asthmatic, you may find yourself worried about outdoor irritants like pollen and exhaust fumes. But, did you know that studies show that indoor air pollution in your own home is often worse than outdoor air quality? This can be a problem for even the healthiest individuals, but it can be catastrophic for asthma-sufferers. If you or anyone in your family has a respiratory condition, follow these three tips to clear your air and prevent symptoms from worsening.

Go Chemical-Free

Many common household products are surprisingly toxic. Cleaning fluids and cosmetics can both contain chemicals that have harmful effects on the respiratory system and the rest of the body. Aside from increasing asthma symptoms, they're also thought cause cancer and can negatively alter your mood. Generally, the signs of a dangerous cleaning product are noxious odours and warning labels like 'hazardous' or 'corrosive'. Opt for plant-based cleaners where possible, or make your own. Mix 2-parts castile soap to 1-part water for a great all purpose cleaner, or use diluted white vinegar for tougher grime. As for cosmetics, switch to products labelled '5-free': these are guaranteed to be free from toluene, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, and camphor. 1 in 4 asthma sufferers claim that their condition is worsened by perfume and artificial scents, so try switching to unfragranced products.

Get Cleansing Plants

In the 1980s, NASA discovered that some plants can actually clear harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from your home. Aloe vera isn't just a powerful healing agent - it can also remove formaldehyde and benzene from the air. If you don't have a green thumb, spider plants are highly resilient and have similar air cleaning effects, targeting carbon monoxide and xylene too. If neither of those take your fancy, there are plenty more purifying plants. Gerbera, snake plant, chrysanthemum, azalea, bamboo palm, and peace lily will all help keep your space healthy and chemical-free.

Buy an Air Purifier

Thanks to modern technology, there's now a more powerful air cleaner than plants. Air purifiers are electronic devices which remove contaminants from the air. Understandably, this is a huge step for asthma sufferers. Air purifiers can help clear all sorts of chemicals and allergens that aggravate your condition. Add air purifiers to the rooms where you spend the most time; generally, the living room and the bedroom are a good starting point. While air purifiers are no substitute for a clean, chemical-free home, they will remove the respirable particles that cleaning can't take care of.

For more information, contact a company like Air Cleaners Australia