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The One Thing Youre Not Cleaning But Should Be

May 25, 2024

The One Thing Youre Not Cleaning But Should Be

The Surprising Culprit Hiding in Your Home

Have you ever felt like your cleaning routine just isn’t cutting it? Like no matter how much you scrub, there’s always something that slips through the cracks? Well, my friend, I’m about to let you in on a little secret – the one thing you’re probably not cleaning, but really should be.

It all started a few years back when I was working full-time, pregnant with our third child, and running my own cleaning business (talk about a juggling act!). I was sick and tired of spending my entire weekends cleaning, only to see the chaos return by Monday morning. That’s when I decided to create a foolproof cleaning routine that would keep my home sparkling, no matter how hectic life got.

After scouring the internet for tips, I realized that the key was consistency – a little bit of cleaning every single day. But there was one area I kept overlooking, and let me tell you, it made all the difference.

The Culprit: Your Indoor Air

That’s right, the air you and your family breathe every day could be the missing link in your cleaning regimen. Think about it – we spend the majority of our time indoors, yet we rarely give a second thought to the quality of the air we’re breathing. But the truth is, our homes can be a breeding ground for all sorts of pollutants, from dust and dander to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and even mold.

As I learned from the cleaning experts at Clean Mama, poor indoor air quality can lead to a whole host of health issues, from respiratory problems to headaches and fatigue. And the worst part? It’s often the things we can’t see that are causing the most harm.

That’s why I made it a priority to start focusing on purifying the air in my home. And let me tell you, the results were nothing short of life-changing.

How to Purify the Air in Your Home

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “But Natasha, I already dust and vacuum regularly. Isn’t that enough?” Well, my friend, let me tell you, it’s not.

According to the cleaning experts at Apartment Therapy, the key to maintaining clean, healthy air is to tackle the invisible culprits head-on. Here are a few simple steps you can take:

  1. Invest in a Quality Air Purifier: Look for a unit that can effectively remove airborne particulates, VOCs, and even bacteria and viruses. I swear by the one from Adam Cleaning – it’s a game-changer.

  2. Change HVAC Filters Regularly: Those little filters in your heating and cooling system can get clogged with dust and debris, reducing air flow and compromising indoor air quality. Set a reminder to change them every few months.

  3. Open Windows Whenever Possible: Fresh air circulation is key to keeping your home’s air clean and fresh. Try to open windows for at least 30 minutes each day, even in the colder months.

  4. Invest in Houseplants: Did you know that certain plants can actually help purify the air? Aloe vera, snake plants, and English ivy are all great options.

  5. Ditch the Harsh Chemicals: Many traditional cleaning products are loaded with harsh chemicals that can contribute to poor indoor air quality. Opt for natural, eco-friendly alternatives instead.

The Difference It Can Make

I know what you’re thinking – “This all sounds great, Natasha, but how much of a difference can it really make?” Well, let me tell you, the transformation in my own home was nothing short of remarkable.

As one of my readers, Michelle, shared, “This feels life-changing! I’m a business owner, and would typically spend the better part of Saturdays cleaning and doing laundry. This past weekend, I had a REAL (normal) weekend! I had TIME. I got to relax, take long walks in the snow with my dogs, bake a cake, and even take on declutter projects that have been bothering me for months.”

That’s the kind of freedom and peace of mind that focusing on indoor air quality can bring. No more endless hours spent scrubbing and mopping, only to feel like you’re back at square one a week later. Instead, you can reclaim your weekends, your free time, and your sanity.

And let’s not forget the health benefits. As Mark Manson reminds us, “Something is always better than nothing.” Even if you can’t overhaul your entire cleaning routine right away, just taking the time to focus on air purification can make a world of difference.

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to put the “clean” back in your cleaning routine and breathe a little easier. Your home – and your health – will thank you.

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