On average, the air is five times more polluted indoors than outdoors, a shame when we know that we spend 80 to 90% of our time in enclosed spaces! This is particularly worrying in the bedroom, where we spend a third of our life sleeping. When you put all these figures in perspective, it shows the importance of taking care of the air quality inside your room and limiting the sources of atmospheric pollution that have effects on health!
Indoor pollution: a real problem in the bedroom?
Indoor pollution in the room, there is indeed a lot. In addition to mites and dust, there are textile fibers, animal hair, dead cells, and even mold in a damp house. More insidiously, there is also the pollution caused by Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), chemicals present in the air that irritate the respiratory tract, and sometimes carcinogens (formaldehyde, benzene, organic solvents, etc.). In the long term, all of these pollutants promote asthma and respiratory allergies. Here are the solutions to limit indoor pollution in your bedroom and breathe healthier air.
Airing, the key gesture!
Whatever the weather and even if there are peaks of pollution, you have to air your rooms every day for 15 minutes. This helps combat dust mites, humidity, and airborne substances. You can do this preferably early in the morning or late at night, precisely to avoid any peak in outdoor pollution. Also, also remember to ventilate when you change the sheets or clean the room. If you are carrying out cooling work, ventilate during the work and then regularly during the first weeks to eliminate atmospheric pollutants.
The right choices to furnish without adding additional pollution to the bedroom
There are now mattresses made of hypoallergenic material, without additive chemical treatment, and using glues without VOCs. This, therefore, makes it possible to pollute the bedroom less and limit its exposure to allergens over the 10 to 15 years that a good mattress keeps! For furniture, it is possible to apply the same logic. Preferably, opt for second-hand furniture that will release fewer VOCs than new ones. Otherwise, choose solid wood. If you opt for chipboard, leave the furniture in a ventilated and ventilated room a few days before installing it in the bedroom or living room.
The right products for DIY
Do-it-yourself products (glues, solvents, varnishes and lacquers, sealants, waxes, strippers, thinners, etc.) very often contain very toxic chemicals. So do not hesitate to read the labels and consult the pictograms and protect yourself well and ventilate when using this type of product. The paint is particularly rich in VOCs, so we recommend:
-To avoid oil or “glycerol” paints rich in heavy metals and chemical solvents
– Ban water-based paints for pregnant women (glycol ethers are very toxic)
-Prefer a painting labeled Natureplus, Ange Blue, NF Environment, or European Ecolabel.
– Take an A + paint (it emits up to 6 times less than a class-A paint) or a depolluting paint (so-called “intelligent” paints).
-Use a solvent-free glue for the wallpaper
Clean well… without scenting!
Sheets should be changed every two weeks, and quilts, pillows, cushions, and fluff should be washed more frequently at least 60 ° C to remove any mites. Also, to remove dust without polluting your room, it is better to forget the chemical wipes, the feather duster, and the broom in favor of a simple damp microfiber cloth and a vacuum cleaner (if possible with a high filtration system) passed regularly. Also avoid household products with endless ingredient lists. Ecological cleaning products or homemade will be more than enough. Finally, ban candles, incense, deodorants, and sprays with essential oils which, far from being healthy, are allergens and pollutants as much as possible.
Install green plants
Some plants are depolluting and have their place in a room to clean the ambient air:
– Azalea, anthurium, or Rhapis to absorb ammonia from household products
– Chlorophytum against carbon monoxide and formaldehyde
– Chrysanthemum to neutralize VOCs such as trichlorethylene from chemical paints
– Ivy, anti-benzene, and chemical solvents
– Philodendron against pentachlorophenol used for the treatment of wood.
– Aglaonema, ficus, or rubber against fine formaldehyde particles
– Finally, areca palm to clean the air from ambient toluene and xylene