How’s your breathing space?
… The air within homes… can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
That’s long been the case before COVID. Now, due to new policies, many of us are at home more now.
What’s in your air?
Exposures to allergens and irritants in house dust can trigger allergies, asthma or other respiratory symptoms.
That’s not all. Viruses are now being researched as additional dust contaminants. While most germs are not a concern, here’s one to be aware of.
Influenza viruses can spread through the air on dust, fibers and other microscopic particles,Medical Express, August 18, 2020
Not to be outdone, chemicals from consumer products end up in in the mix too.
Indoor dust consistently contains four classes of harmful chemicals in high amounts… 45 potentially toxic chemicals that are used in many consumer and household products as vinyl flooring, personal care and cleaning products, building materials and home furnishings.Milken Institute School of Public Health, 2016
Why worry though? Many simple, practical solutions are widely-available and cost-effective.
Reducing your exposures, along with sources
If you suffer from allergies, or asthma or other respiratory symptoms— or just want a cleaner, healthier home for all your loved ones— you’ve come to the right place.
As a cleaning service owner, operator and instructor I’ve coached many in reducing exposures. More recently I’ve also helped in reducing sources.
I just might be able to help you too, conveniently and cost-effectively. Starting with what’s under your sink.
Here’s how it basically works.
In one project we identified over five dozen unnecessarily-toxic products in one home. And transitioned the home to simpler solutions that worked every bit as well, with everyone on board. Read about the project here.
Dusting and vacuuming— deeply, safely, efficiently
Chemicals and germs can attach to dust particles. The smallest of these particles can travel deeper into your lungs. And linger in your air for hours, especially when stirred up from cleaning.
Even if you’re not suffering immediate symptoms, reducing exposures to certain germs and toxics may be important for your long-term health. So everyone in your household can benefit.
I can coach you or your help in the following.
- Choosing a healthy, labor-efficient vacuum for your home’s specific needs.
- Using your vacuum efficiently, like a pro.
- Maintaining your vacuum to last more years, with fewer repairs.
- Prioritizing tasks with a detailed, customizable list. Sharing this list on the cloud can keep you and your help on the same page. I’ve even created shared “workflows”.
- Setting schedules.
De-clutter to streamline your cleaning
Clutter and efficient cleaning don’t mix. A wee bit of clutter’s a speed bump. More is an obstacle course. A lot, and you have a bottleneck. Roadblocks border on hoarding, beyond my expertise.
The whole idea is having less stuff to move and clean in the first place. Which can help minimize your cleaning needs.
Tired? Overwhelmed? Don’t go it alone. We’ll de-clutter one small, manageable area per session. Maybe more, depending on how much stuff you have. We might try remotely; I’m looking into how that might work. In some cases I can refer you to a dedicated Professional Organizer.
Reach out for a healthier, cleaner home
Please note: My schedule’s full at this time, between taking care of clients (remotely), pivoting my service offerings, and reconstructing this site.
Meanwhile, join our healthy home conversations on social media. At this time I’m more active on Twitter @reginaryerson, often discussing indoor air quality.