Friday, May 21, 2010

Healthy Housekeeping and Cleaner Indoor Air

When it comes to the routine of cleaning, homeowners tend to be more concerned with stacks of dirty dishes (66 percent), piles of laundry (58 percent), and dust balls on their carpet (57 percent), according to a survey commissioned by 3M, maker of Filtrete air cleaning filters.

That makes sense to me:  we focus on the messes we can see.  But, especially for those of us who suffer from allergies, it's also good to consider the dust, pollen, and other contaminants in the air we breathe.  Over the years, my family has come up with some habits that help us reduce the dust and allergens inside our home.  These are just the things that work for us; your results may vary.
  • Keep the windows closed.  We would love to save on air conditioning by opening windows on pleasant days.  But in order to keep pollen out of the house as much as possible, we keep the windows closed during allergy season.
  • Dust the fans.  We save on air conditioning by using ceiling fans and tower fans.  But the ceiling fan blades, especially, seem to be dust magnets.  Then, when the fan starts spinning, that dust goes everywhere.  It's a nuisance to dust them, but it does really help.
  • Change clothes and shower after being outdoors.  As I'm writing this, my husband is outdoors doing yard work.  (Thank you, Honey!)  When he comes inside, I know he'll be sneezing because of the pollen.  He'll shower immediately--not only to wash the pollen from his face and hair, but also to keep it from being distributed all over the house.
  • Use a good vacuum cleaner bag.  We use the allergen filtration bags for the vacuum cleaner.  They cost a bit more, but it only makes sense to trap as much as possible.
  • Use a good air filter.  We've used the cheapest air filters and we've used Filtrete filters in our furnace / air conditioner.  The Filtrete filters do cost more, but they seem to trap far more "stuff" than the cheap filters do.  Oh, and change it regularly.  Once the filter gets loaded up with particulates, it can't do its job properly.
We can't avoid inhaling pollen when we go outdoors.  But my family and I try, as much as possible, to keep the allergens from getting into the house.  That way, at least we aren't continuously being exposed to allergens and irritants.

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Disclosure:  I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.


  1. Sadly I have no clue about our air system at the house ... lol I leave all that to Rick :)


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