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The average home can be as polluted as a busy city street, especially if it includes an open fire or wood burning stove. As we move into winter this can be increased as we turn the heating on and keep the windows closed.
This pollution can come from a variety of sources:
But the good news is there is lots we can do to clean up the air inside our homes to minimise the impact on our health and reduce our risk of breast cancer.
Here are our top tips:
Use natural cleaning products such as liquid soap, washing soda, citric acid, white vinegar, bicarbonate and lemons. When used in different combinations these can cover the majority of your cleaning needs. A little bit of elbow grease and your house can sparkle without harmful chemicals. There are lots of recipes online (check out Pinterest). Liquid soap and soda can replace commercial washing powders for your clothes too.
Make your home a jungle – use plants to naturally deodorise indoor air. NASA commissioned a study to find out if house plants could improve the air in space stations. They discovered that some house plants clean air by not only absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, but also by eliminating significant amounts of VOCs and other chemicals from the air. So, increase the number of plants in your home, such as, snake plants, Boston ferns, peace lily and aloe plants to help purify the air.
Simply hoover and dust more often. Stick your favourite podcast on or switch on an audiobook and listen while you clean. (Bonus this will help increase your physical activity levels too which also reduces your breast cancer risk.
If your source of heating is an open fire or wood burning stove, buy good quality dry wood (look for “Ready to Burn” fuel). Do not burn treated waste wood which can emit harmful fumes and pollutants. Maintain your stove and get your chimney swept regularly and if you do buy a wood burning stove – make sure it has a ‘Defra exemption’ or is an ‘Ecodesign Ready’ stove which has low smoke emissions.
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