Edmonton, like most of Canada, has seen cooler spring weather. Warmer temperatures came eventually, with an all-too-slow start to the spring. It was a long hard winter. Enough to rattle anyone’s bones. Homes have been sealed tight for the duration of the winter, keeping out drafts to maintain consistency in comfort and warmth for all.

Did you know comfortably warm sealed homes actually become quite toxic from a number of contributing factors? Here for you to consider:

  1. The collection of dust, mites, pet dander, moisture and mould
  2. The accumulation of fumes from household chemical cleaners, hair sprays, deodorant and other aerosols, oven cleaners, pest-killers to carbon dioxide
  3. “Off-gassing” from chemically treated fibres and furniture, wood, carpets, heavy metals from paints in older houses, potential issues with asbestos and other hazardous materials

Here’s what to do about this toxic stew:

In fact, it’s always a good idea to open up and keep the house aired out completely.

Also, consider using your ventilation fans more frequently, especially in the bathroom and kitchen – where moisture starts to accumulate in corners, behind appliances, toilets, bathtubs, showers and under sinks. Efficient ventilation will help in removing these pollutants, air purifiers are also beneficial. There are a number of models on the market; research that works for you and your family.

With the onset of summer at its fullest, keep your windows and doors open regularly to allow a refreshing airflow to move freely through your house.  Choose to do this rather than using the air-conditioning as long as the outside temperature is not humid as well as hot. Fresh air eliminates stale and toxic energy. You will feel healthier, energized and breathe more easily.

Aerosol sprays are best kept in airtight containers as some of these leaks. Explore changing household cleaners to those naturally free of chemical contaminants, including your laundry detergent and fabric softener. Chemically created perfumes and deodorizers – fresheners are not healthy for you – period. Baking soda is excellent: well known for its properties of absorbing odours. Try pure orange essential oils in a diffuser for a really fresh and clean scent.

Take out, shake out and air all your bedroom linen, duvets, blankets and pillows. There is nothing nicer than air-dried and freshened sheets. In Switzerland this is a healthy daily routine.

Make sure all carpets, corners, nook and crannies are cleaned regularly for pet dander and mites and all surfaces wiped down to eliminate dust.

Plants are hugely beneficial in absorbing carbon dioxide in the environment and delivering oxygen. You can enhance the look of your home with several various plants well placed not only as part of the décor but also to functionally serve as natural air purifiers. “Mother Nature” intended well with plants and trees on the planet.

We are well into spring – approaching summer, and it’s time to invite the fresh air into your home. As you get active and energized with home and garden upgrades, cool fresh air will revitalize your home and perk everyone’s moods creating healthy vitality.

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