Anyone else hate cleaning? I loathe it and do basically the least amount of work I can when I clean. Work smarter not harder, right? I wait until the dirty dishes can fill the entire dishwasher and until everyone in the house is down to the last pair of underwear before I start laundry. And I have completely given up on picking up toys. They are just going to end up right back on the floor. It isn’t laziness (maybe a little) but only because I have better things to do, and I know you do too.
This year May 10th is National Clean Your Room Day (Yep, you read that right), and I am giving you some quick tips to help keep the air clean in your home without even having to dust. I know you have better things to do than slave away in the house, but you still want good air quality especially with spring and summer allergies starting. Here are a couple ways to clean the air in your home without even having to clean.
I have a dog, a toddler and a husband so basically there is a constant mess in my house at any given time. My husband’s dirty gym clothes stink up the entire hamper, my son is working on potty training which leaves our bathroom smelling like a port-a-potty and our dog sneaks onto our couch making it a hairy, dog scented seat that no one wants to sit in. However, with the Febreze Air Purifier, I can combat those smells in my house and even help clean the air.
The air purifier has three cleaning levels that use the HEPA-type filter that removes up to 99% of air pollutants floating around like pollen, pet dander, dust and smoke. The best part is the freshness scent control dial. Just insert the scent cartridge into the air purifier and choose which intensity level you want. It emits a fresh breezy odor while cleaning the air too. It is available in three sizes – tabletop, mini-tower and tower to take on any space in your house. With the turn of a knob you can clean the air in your house and combat any smells your family might bring home.
A dehumidifier is always key in a home. It helps combat mold and mildew in the house by keeping away dampness. It is also important to be aware of any potential leaks in the home that could be causing unseen problems that are leading to mold growth and harming your air quality.
Radon Test Kit
Did you know that radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoke? Have you ever thought about even testing your home for radon? If not, you need to. As a noble gas, radon occurs naturally, but it is undetectable by scent. Some homes have higher levels than is safe, and it is important to be aware of potential dangers. You can buy test kits online or at your local hardware store and take them home. You will need to send the kit in for the final results to see whether or not you have safe levels in the home. If not, you can purchase filtration systems designed to specifically lower radon levels.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Another potential air pollutant that can harm your family is carbon monoxide. It is also undetectable through scent and can lead to death if people are exposed to it at high levels. It can occur in the home when appliances from the stove to the furnace malfunction, and it is crucial to have a detector that alerts you to potential dangers before it is too late. Just like a fire alarm, it will warn you if carbon monoxide reaches unsafe levels in your home.
When you do have to do work around the house, use eco-friendly cleaners and “low voc” products. These are products that don’t emit as much volatile organic compounds which can easily be inhaled and picked up on surfaces. Using harsh cleaning chemicals can be harmful to you, your family and pets. Products containing quaternary ammonium compounds, phthalates and butyl can be particularly harmful. Go with “greener” more natural products from paint to cleaners in order to help clear the air in your house of unnecessary chemicals.
I received a Febreze Air Purifier for review. All opinions remain my own.