Breathe easy

Tips for a breathable indoor environment

Here are some tips for maintaining a more breathable indoor atmosphere at home:

Make your own cleaners: A simple mix of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle will help keep chemical irritants out of the air.

Cover your bedding: The droppings of dust mites are a common asthma trigger; using a special cover for both your mattress and pillows will prevent mites from gathering.

Buy a better vacuum: Look for vacuums with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters.

Ventilate: Use exhaust fans and open windows when cooking or taking a shower to prevent mold growth.