HOME: Banish those allergies, improve the air quality at home

20 May 2018

After suffering from many allergies when pregnant, meteorologist, mother, and TV personality Magdalena Roze sits down to tell us all about her mission to create a healthy home environment.

In your opinion, what are the common airborne culprits that can reduce air quality at home? 

I feel many of us pay attention to potential toxins in our daily lives, whether it’s drinking filtered water or using ‘greener’ products, but we often take the quality of the air around us for granted, especially in the home. This is surprising as it’s where we spend the majority of our time and from my experience, it’s where we can often have many sources of pollutants and the least ventilation. I hear that the air indoors can be more polluted than the air outdoors and in some cases, it can be up to five times worse! 



The most obvious pollutants are things like mould, dampness, dust, pet hair and pollen. But, there are a lot of chemicals we wouldn’t even think about like the gases released from the cleaning products, heating and cooking, and even things like paint, carpets and furniture.

What personal experiences have you had regarding air quality at home?

I’m personally very sensitive to odours, especially chemicals and cleaning products, and during pregnancy I’d be sneezing for months! My partner and son sneeze a lot too which could be due to the damp environment in Byron Bay, as well as dust or allergens. The problem is that it can be very difficult to get to the bottom of what’s causing it. I very much favour natural remedies, so I’ve been trying to eliminate any potential triggers by purifying the air with an air purifier (I use the Dyson Pure Hot+Cool Link™ purifier heater as it captures 99.95% of allergens and pollutants). We live in a very humid environment up in Byron Bay so the battle with dampness and mould is seemingly endless! I’ve worried about this especially in my son’s bedroom, so we use the air purifier there too. One handy feature with the Dyson is the Link app that connects to my smartphone and actually shows me a graph of the air quality outside and inside the home. It’s good to know how we’re tracking and that the air is clean.

What are your top tips for improving air quality around the home?

I feel it can be impossible to eliminate every potential toxin in the home and really difficult to get to the bottom of what causes an allergy or rash, but here are a few things that can help:

  • Making ‘cleaner’ choices when it comes to household products, using products that are toxin-free. Basic pantry items like vinegar and baking soda make good cleaning products and are so much safer.
  • In winter, the indoor air quality at home can be noticeably worse because we do a lot more cooking and heating at home, and we keep the doors and windows shut which means there’s less ventilation. Even if it’s cold outside, try to open windows to let some fresh air through the home. Or, if it’s too cold outside to open the windows, circulate the air inside with a purifier.
  • Indoor plants look gorgeous and can also aid in the purification of the air inside the home.
  • If you dry clean your clothes, it’s good to take them out of the bags and let them aerate in the garage or somewhere undercover as they can contain chemicals.
  • Clean the house regularly and change the sheets.

It’s easy to look at things like the food we put in our body, what soaps and detergents we’re using or cleaning products because we can touch, smell and taste them. But I think the air around us is just as important, and perhaps even more important in the home because it’s where we spend most of our time!

 

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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