Even if you have used the safest products you can afford for your baby’s room: your paint/wallpaper, your wall decor, your flooring, your furniture and bedding, there is one more final recommended step to take before bringing your baby home:
- Use off-gassing strategies to ensure that your baby’s room has off-gassed to the max before bringing your delightful bundle of joy home.
While Renovating, Painting or Laying New Flooring, etc.
While painting, etc., please keep the room well ventilated. Open the windows and place a fan at your room’s doorway pushing the air from your room out the window.
Once the work on your room has been completed, here are some ideas to accelerate off-gassing of any residual toxins in your room.
- Simply close up your home and turn up the heat. This process will accelerate the release of toxins in your entire home.
- Once your thermostat has reached approximately 30° C or 86° F or so, turn off the heat.
- Then open all of your windows to aerate your home.
- Repeat this procedure until you can no longer smell any fumes or other odours in your home.
Zeolite / Baking Soda
- Use Zeolite packages or open dishes of baking soda to absorb odours at the source for a few hours.
- Afterwards, the Zeolite can be recharged – see below – while the baking soda can be re-purposed to freshen up your drains. . Simply pour some of the baking soda in your drain and then pour an ample amount of plain white vinegar – it will fizz – and will help freshen and unblock your drains.
- Zeolite is a granular substance which can be used in your home or office to eliminate smoke, cooking and pet odours, perfumes, paints, or chemical odours. Odours such as smoke, ammonia, methane, formaldehyde, hydrocarbons, gasoline, and carbon dioxide/monoxide will be eliminated (not covered up).
- Also great for pet areas: Zeolite bags can be placed near litter boxes, pet cages, pet beds, etc. Zeolite also aids in the control of mustiness and mildew.
- Repeat this process until the toxins and odours have been removed.
So, there you have it: two different strategies to improve the air quality in your home by removing odours!
More important, however, is that you make careful non-toxic choices so that you do not bring sources of contaminants into your home in the first place.
Do you have any other suggestions for improving the air quality in your home?