Though it's made for some beautiful sunsets, the fires that have been raging in Los Angeles have had a definite effect on the air quality. Many of us have been sticking close to home. The air quality may not be better indoors but at least we have some control over it and we thought we'd round up some ways to improve our home's air quality...
- Add plants: either individual pots or, if you're ambitious and have the space, a plant wall.
- Filter the air: consider an air filter.
- Clean regularly: make sure to change vacuum filter bags or clean dirt cups often. For other jobs, be sure to choose only green products.
- Shampoo your rugs and upholstered furniture: pillows and mattresses are not the only places where dust mites gather.
- Remove your shoes: taking off your shoes when you come inside keeps the dirt out.
- Groom your pets regularly: this keeps dander in check.
- Toss the plug-in air fresheners: use a bowl of citrus or a natural air freshener instead.
- Snuff the candles: even a soy candle will add pollutants to the air. Swap for a battery powered one instead.
- Clean your bathroom: sprinkle a few drops of tea tree oil on a sponge and use it to wipe own your tiles, grout, tub, toilet and sink to prevent mold.
- Swap out your plastic shower curtain: get a cloth or hemp one or at least lay it outside in the sun for a few days to break down the PVCs .
[image: by Abby Stone from Dwell on Design, Westside Home Tours, Part 1