Exchange indoor air
Many homes are so tight there’s little new air coming in. In cold weather, the most efficient way to exchange room air is to open the room wide, windows and doors, and let fresh air in quickly for 5 min.
Remove clutter which collects dust, such as old newspapers and magazines. Try to initiate a ‘no-shoes-indoors’ policy. If you’re building or remodelling a home, consider a central vacuum system; this eliminates the fine dust which portable vacuum cleaners recirculate.
Use cellulose sponges
Most sponges are made of polyester or plastic which are treated with triclosan (a suspected carcinogen). Use cellulose sponges which are biodegradable and will soak up spills faster since they’re naturally more absorbent. Use non-toxic, reusable, and biodegradable cleaning.
Keep the bedroom clean
Most time at home is spent in the bedrooms. Keep pets out of these rooms, especially if they spend time outdoors.
Use gentle cleaning products
Of the various commercial home cleaning products, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and oven cleaners are the most toxic. Use ‘green’ commercial alternatives. Avoid products containing ammonia, chlorine, petroleum-based chemicals, these contribute to respiratory irritation, headaches and other problems.
Clean from the top down
When house cleaning, save the floor or carpet for last. Clean window blinds and shelves first and then work downwards. Allow time for the dust to settle before vacuuming.