Spring cleaning season is just around the corner and families will be clearing out the dust and clutter that accumulated this winter. But part of that cleaning involves chemicals, mold and mildew, all which may contribute to poor indoor air quality.
offers the following tips from home-improvement expert Danny Lipford
on how to breathe easy and have a healthier spring clean out.
Watch your chemical count!
§ When you use household cleaners be mindful of the harmful chemicals that circulate into the air you breathe. To be safe, open a window during and after the use of these products.
Keep humidity levels (and potential mold and mildew!) in check particularly in bathrooms and kitchens where moisture builds up throughout the year.
§ Easily test the effectiveness of your fan by holding a piece of tissue paper near the fan – if the fan is removing air properly the paper will be drawn against the grill and remain there as long as the fan is on
Clear the kitchen air after cooking and cleaning.
§ The kitchen is a key source of indoor air pollution especially with a gas stove, so make sure to use a range hood to remove the pollutants created from cooking and preparing meals.
Keep dust and debris at bay.
§ Dust is basically shed skin cells and pet dander. Dust mites feed on those particles and tend thrive in bedrooms on linens and blankets. Wash linens often in very hot water and replace pillows regularly, or cover existing pillows with antiallergenic covers.