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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hassle-Free Steps For A Healthier Home - (Part 2)

In The Playroom/Kid's Room:
  • Vacuum, dust and damp mop area regularly to wipe out dust bunnies that carry flame-retardant residue from electronic equipment, carpet backing, foam rubber and other furnishings.
  • Test paint surfaces for lead which has neurotoxins that can be released into the air when paint peels or chips. If you suspect toys of having lead paint, check site.
  • Disinfect doorknobs and toys which can be full of germs for 48 hours. Use handheld germ blaster for cleaning.
In Laundry/Pet Area:
  • Decant kibble into sealed containers.
  • Opt for paper or plant-based cat litter box. Those containing dust-creating silica maybe harmful to pets and people when inhaled.
  • Wash pet's bedding regularly with hot water. Take it to a laundry service if your wahser can't handle the bulk.
  • Make sure your clothes dryer vents outdoors to prevent moisture build up indoors which can create mildew.
  • Wash sheets, covers and bedspreads once a week in hot water to keep asthma-inducing dust mites under control.
In The Bedrooms:
  • Air out your bed before you make it each day, to allow mite-friendly moisture to evaporate. Airing out pillows and mattress also helps control mites.
  • Screen out pollen. Change or wahs the filte often, and keep windows closed.
  • Stop using moth balls. They contain possible carcinogens. Instead, store clean silks and wool in zip bags.
  • Avoid placing office equipment in the bedroom like copiers and printers which can generate lung irritants.
In The Basement:
  • Check for radon, an odorless natural gas which is the 2nd leading cause of lunc cancer after smoking.
  • Schedule an HVAC check up to make sure furnaces, boilers and water heaters are properly venting carbon monoxide.
  • Clean or replace your furnace or forced-air system filter every 3 months.
  • If you have sump pump, check if working properly so mold-inducing moisture won't build up.
  • Check for flaking asbestos around pipes and boilers. Call an expert if you suspect it's present.
  • Avoid air fresheners which may mask mildew odors with fragrance-bearing phthalates and may contain VOC's as well.