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Did you know that indoor air is often more polluted than indoor air? On a typical cleaning day in a typical home, levels of chemicals in the indoor air can be hundreds, even thousands of times higher than the outdoor air in the most polluted of cities.


* Simply ventilate the home, especially the bedrooms and nursery, by opening up your windows. Opening windows, even for a short time, makes a big difference.

* Change the air filter in your air conditioning and heating units to greatly improve indoor air quality.

* Sanitize and cleanse air with help from indoor plants, and the use of air cleaners and purifiers (with approved HEPA filters).

* Avoid carpets where possible – they hold dust, synthetic solvents, and pesticides. Natural fiber carpeting (organic cotton, wool, jute, or sisal) are the best option, since they haven’t been chemically treated.

* Avoid using conventional paints, cleaning supplies, pesticides, furniture made from particle board, and “air fresheners”�. Cigarette/cigar smoke, mold/mildew, and fumes from off-gassing of home furnishings decrease air quality.

* Look for non-toxic, naturally derived, and “low VOC”� alternatives paints, carpets, and furnishings.

* “Air Out”� new carpets and home furnishings before indoor use, especially newly painted and newly carpeted rooms.

* Change your vacuum bag, and be sure it has a clean filter to prevent the spreading of dust, which can be redistributed into the air.

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