A clean kitchen can be every homeowner’s dream. A dirty and pungent kitchen, on the other hand, may as well drive every homeowner to the grocery stores and buy all the air freshener products they can get their hands on. But before you nip down to your nearby grocery store, there are several ways you can simply add to home improvement that will make drastic changes to the way your kitchen smells. For one, implement a no-smoking rule at home! There’s a reason why many countries have designated smoking areas in public because they want you to be sensitive to the nonsmokers. But smoking indoor especially in your kitchen is an entirely different ballgame. Second-hand cigarette smoke is detrimental to a person’s health, especially in kitchen indoor air pollution. Quitting smoking might be the best thing you’ll ever do to your health (I know it was for me).
7 awesome ways to improve your kitchen indoor quality, enjoy cooking and bonding with friends and family
Clean Your Kitchen Floors
When dust accumulates in the household for years, chemicals and allergens are two main components that also come with it. And we all know, even if you’re relentless in making your floors dust-free, it’s a microscopic, never-ending journey. What you can do though is to always vacuum your kitchen floors more than two times a week. Clean the vacuum filters regularly. But don’t stop there, mop the floors with water to clean the dust residues after.
Install Ventilators in the Kitchen
I know you enjoy using gas stoves and electric burners in preparing those delectable meals but a meal can be extremely enjoyed especially with a good-quality air circulating in the kitchen and dining area. These pieces of cooking apparatus release carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and other harmful contaminants that may be inhaled and absorbed into your bloodstream. The best way to circumvent this issue is to install a ventilator to also filter the air from impurities from the outside as well as the inside.
Use Activated Charcoal
I have always wondered why our refrigerator has always had charcoal in it for years when I was younger and well let’s just say – naïve. Now, as a responsible and smart homeowner, don’t forget to use activated charcoal to reduce air contaminants. These are sometimes present in vacuum filters or ventilators.
Check the Humidity Level
Dust mites and mold aren’t our friends in the indoor-air-quality department. They have no place in our kitchen and most especially, our home, in general. Our enemies feed on moisture so it’s best to keep the humidity level around 30 to 50 percent to fend off those unwanted allergens. Use a dehumidifier especially during the summer season. However, there are other ways you can improve the kitchen humidity and one is to simply open the windows while cooking.
Clean Rugs and Carpets
If your kitchen floors are donning beautiful, matching rugs and carpets; always make sure to clean them weekly or better yet, wash your rugs frequently and put some fresh rugs when needed. They trap dust over time and will lead to poor air quality in the long run once clouds of the dust pile up. The same goes for your furniture as some of them may release toxins that contribute to bad air quality. Clean and wipe them with natural cleaning products.
Use Natural Cleaning Products
No one will ever go wrong with eco-friendly cleaning products as they don’t release petrochemical ingredients that are harmful to a person’s overall health. If you rummage through your kitchen indoor cabinets, you might be surprised how useful some of those products are. Like for example, a concoction of white vinegar and table salt as a brass cleaner. A mixture of baking soda and warm water as an all-purpose cleaner and deodorizer. What about combining cider vinegar, alcohol, orange essential oil, and water as an effective glass cleaner? The possibilities are endless, you just need to research and be resourceful.
Indoor Plants for Fresh Air
By accentuating your kitchen with indoor plants, you’re also improving the indoor air quality because they are considered as natural air filters. Some plants even remove the air toxins that are lingering about in your kitchen. Not to mention release more oxygen for the inhabitants. It’s like killing two birds with one stone!
If you do some tweaking in your daily kitchen routines and home improvement, you don’t have to worry about your kitchen bringing acrid smells that will most likely resonate in every part of the house. After all, it’s more comfortable living in an aromatic atmosphere.
Author Bio: Anthony Blair is a passionate blogger who loves to write about home designs, home renovation ideas and home improvement. She is currently working for paradisegrillsdirect.com, which offers the worlds strongest built Outdoor Kitchens Fireplaces, Fire Pits and Tiki Huts.