What do you know about indoor pollution? I’ve never really thought much about how you may not have done it, but I’ve found that some people spend 90% of their time indoors. When you hear about pollution, you almost always imagine a car exhaust pipe or a big chimney that pumps big black or gray clouds of smoke into the sky, but what could we breathe if we just spent time at home.

Did you know that your furniture and fixings give off dust and gases when in use? Take your living room to begin with … did you know that your sofa increases pollution by generating dust from the breakdown of the fibers it contains? … your bed does the same, the repeated use of the bedding weakens the fibers and you are so small that we can breathe them in. We also constantly breathe in house dust, which can consist of skin cells, mold, bacteria, animal hair, viruses and pollen every day. What can we do against it?

First, make sure your home is well ventilated, as some of our homes are so well insulated these days that the air isn’t being replaced enough. (Years ago, people didn’t have to worry about this because they had lots of drafts and openings for outside air.) Try to open your windows daily so that some fresh air can dilute the pollutants. Try not to use air fresheners if you can’t open your windows as they only mask the smells and you end up inhaling them too, which can only make things worse.

And secondly, as I wrote in a previous article, it is still very important to remember to always breathe through your nose and avoid breathing your mouth as you do so bypassing the natural filters in your nose and letting foreign objects get into your airways where they become irritating and may become a health problem below.

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