UltimateAir aims to promote health, specifically clean indoor air inside your home. As part of an ongoing "Indoor Air Quality Home Audit" series, we will travel to every room in the home to share best practices and tips to ensure your family is breathing fresh air.
In the previous weeks, we explored ways to improve the air quality of the bedroom and the bathroom. This week, we will concentrate on the kitchen. Because the kitchen is where our families cook and eat food, it is of critical importance to our health. Before trash day, our garbage accumulates in the kitchen, contributing to the risk. And, like the bathroom, many families store their cleaning products in the kitchen. For these reasons, an audit of the kitchen is an important step towards safeguarding the air quality and health of our families.
Odors from the kitchen, from cooking, eating and stored garbage, attract rodents and insects. If our homes are poorly ventilated, the odors linger, increasing the chance of infection. The RecoupAerator®, which stands above all other ventilation systems on the market, removes odors from the home, greatly reducing the risks of inviting these unwanted guests.
In addition to the RecoupAerator®, there are other simple steps you can take to prevent dangers to air quality:
- Open a window while you cook.
- If you have a fan above your stove, turn it on.
- Remove your garbage from the kitchen as often as possible.
- Prevent foodborne bacteria by reading Kitchen Companion: Your Safe Food Handbook, released by the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Dangers can also lurk under our sinks where many people store cleaning products. As discussed last week, these cleaning products often contain chemicals that are very dangerous if inhaled or ingested, or through skin contact.
Fortunately, there are non-toxic ways to clean our homes.
- Make furniture and floor polish from one part lemon juice and two parts vegetable.
- Clean your oven with baking soda dissolved in water.