Healthy Living Tips
I wanted to share some Healthy Living Tips, courtesy of Building Biologist, Lisa Beres. In addition to the healthy tips, I’ve got some great info about the Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter and how it is used to effectively remove household odors. I have three active little boys who are going to be three active TEENAGE boys someday! I grew up with three brothers and I know the smells that can come with living with three boys. As it is, toilet aim is not great, dirty laundry often gets stuffed under beds, and random food particles can be found in various locations. I have a little girl as well, but let’s face it – girls just aren’t as stinky! I say that with all of the love in my heart – to you boys! 😉 Okay, okay, boys are not the only stinky things in a home. Sometimes burnt cooking, old food, damp towels and other things can smell up the house. Not only is it unbearable to put up with certain smells and odors, but those odors can sometimes carry allergens. If someone has allergies, then you will most definitely want clean air! I am all for any healthy living tips to help get cleaner air.
Here are the tips from Lisa Beres:
Source: Kitchen refrigerator
Solution: Forgotten leftovers can cause a foul odor in your fridge. Clean the fridge drawers and shelves by adding a few drops of natural dish soap to a bowl of baking soda and stir until it creates a thick paste. This will remove odors as well as stains left behind from food. Also store an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to help eliminate odors before they start, and replace it with a fresh box at least every three months.
Source: Pests and repellants
Solution: Pesky ants and other insects can make their way into your kitchen pantry when they’re on a mission to find food, but dousing them and your kitchen’s surfaces in toxic repellent isn’t a healthy solution for the home or the family. Instead, set a line of coffee grinds, lemon juice, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around doors and windows to create an effective barrier they won’t cross.
Solution: Prevent unappealing cooking odors, such as fish, from spreading and lingering throughout the entire home by upgrading to the Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter. It traps odors and gases from the air passing through the filter and helps keep the home fresh for
families and houseguests. Synthetic air fresheners, candles and incense only provide temporary relief from odors by masking them in one particular room but will do nothing to remove the odors from the entire home.
Source: Damp towels
Solution: Wet towels from a shower, a trip to the gym or a day at the pool can be a breeding ground for mildew to develop if they sit too long without drying. To rid towels of the mildew smell, first wash them once in hot water with a cup or two of white vinegar. Then wash them again with a natural or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Finally, dry the towels in the dryer on high heat. To avoid mildew and associated smells in the future, hang towels up right away to ensure they dry thoroughly.
Source: Pet odors
Solution: Furry companions are considered family members to many — 72 percent of American households today own either a dog or a cat. Reduce the unpleasant smell of pet dander by bathing and grooming your pet weekly and establishing pet-free zones in the home, such as the bedroom.
Source: Candles and air fresheners
Solution: Instead of trying to mask the odors with store-bought air fresheners, create your own air freshener by combining 10 drops of an essential oil — such as lavender or eucalyptus — with two cups of water. Many air fresheners may sway you with the scents of fresh cut grass, warm vanilla or tropical fruits, but they can contain synthetic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which can irritate eyes, skin and throats.
I actually use a couple of these tips already, but was happy to learn more. I find it’s very easy to keep a box of baking soda in the refrigerator, but I had no idea about adding dish soap, to clean out the smells! Love that tip! If I have extra stinky laundry I also add vinegar to the load. That is a very cost effective, and easy trick.
The Filtrete Odor Reduction Filter is great because it can tackle all kinds of smells and odors in one swoop. What I love about it is that it attracts and captures microscopic allergens like pet dander, smoke and household dust and microscopic particles that can carry bacteria, viruses and odors. It is easy to forget about what might be in the air around us.