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Be Aware Beware Home Pollution

Air pollution affects the entire planet dramatically causing widespread disease and illness.. You can't escape it anywhere - it is even inside your home.
Dust mites are deadly and are found in carpets curtains and bedclothes.
The kitchen is the ideal breeding area for bacteria, in and around the sink, fridge & fireplace.  A stone fire place can be lacquered on the outside wall only, not around the fire, to seal the stone and cement. 
Indoor air pollution can be up to five times worse than outdoor air pollution. And much of it is related to products that we use every day.  The Kyoto Treaty on air emissions.
With asthma and chronic illness everywhere it is wise to control the cleanliness of where we are.  Indoor plants absorb many pollutants and can be used as a canary in a coalmine to help problem areas.
Here are some common household products that foul our domestic atmospheres with over use (please use in moderation and awareness)  Suggestions for non-toxic replacements:
Bleach and other chemical cleansers | Moth balls | Cooking | Candles | Perfumes | Incense | Dry cleaning | DecorNatural bug control  |  Indoor Plants

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Bleach and other chemical cleansers. Many cleansers contain environmental pollutants despite their great advertising. Try to substitute natural cleansers whenever possible.  Reach for the cheap vinegar to clean stoves and sinks occasionally.
You can find natural cleaning products at health food stores, or make them yourself out of non-toxic cleaning ingredients such as pine oil, baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice.
Moth balls.
Not only are they bad for moths, they're bad for you. 
Use moth-repelling cedar chips instead.
Cooking. Gas stoves and appliances release fumes into the air. 
If you insist on using gas -- as many people do -- make sure that rooms containing gas appliances are well ventilated.
Candles. Many candles release soot and other pollutants into the air. 
Those made with metal wicks are especially toxic, since they release lead into the air as well. Paraffin itself (a petroleum-based ingredient used to make candles) is known to be a pollutant. If you're concerned about air quality, try natural paraffin-free candles instead.
Perfumes. They smell like flowers, but some breath like chemicals 
- at least the ones that are made with chemicals. Look for perfumes that use only natural ingredients, or try creating your own scents from natural oils instead.
Indoor Plants.  A necessity if we indulge in using artificially scented smoke items.
In smoky domestic areas a large happy plant draconea uses its big leafs to absorb the smoke and leave the scent.  Be careful not to burn the leaves with the incense stick.   

Incense. Smoke is an air pollutant, even when it smells sweet. 
You can use dried-flower potpourri or other natural olfactory enhancers to get the same effect.
Dry cleaning. Many professional dry cleaners use a carcinogenic cleaning agent 
called "perc." Hand-wash your delicate clothing with a gentle, natural cleanser instead. 
If you must dry clean a piece of clothing, hang it outside to fumigate before you wear it or store it in your closet.
Decor. Think natural - avoid plastics and wall-to-wall carpeting.
Bamboo screens instead of curtains and bare floor where pets travel. 
Light and air needs to get into smoke affected domestic areas on a regular basis if being closed up when the room is in use so check the indoor air quality, open up windows and doors for ventilation whenever safety and weather conditions permit. 
Most perfumes candles and incense are OK to use in moderation especially around the unwell and recovering chronically ill person.
Consider installing a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in the bed and living rooms to create a pollution-free zone. This is especially important if you live in a big city, where there just isn't as much fresh air to go around.

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