Coronavirus: Home Quarantine? Open Your Windows

As the corona virus spreads, people are urged to stay indoors. This is wise, but there’s one important thing to remember:

Indoor air can be up to 10x more polluted than outdoor air.

In other words, staying home to avoid the corona virus might increase your exposure to other harmful things:

Did you know formaldehyde can be found in

·         Furniture polish

·         Car cleaners

·         Disinfectants

·         Rug and upholstery cleaners

·         And Toilet bowl cleaners

In 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen under conditions of unusually high or prolonged exposure.

Another toxin to look out for is Petroleum Distillates (Petrochemicals). Derived from petroleum, petrochemicals are found in the following products:

•             Floor and furniture polish

•             Lubricating oils

•             Pet flea and tick products and collars

•             Dishwasher cleaners

•             Aerosol sprays

•             Laundry detergents

Per the United States Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), potential health issues include dizziness, headache, irritation of the eyes, nose and throat, and death by vascular damage and pulmonary edema in extreme cases.

Many of us have at least one of these items in our homes.

Here is more info on the top home allergens:

Removing these allergens is not as difficult as one may believe. One of  the best things to do is simply open your windows to allow fresh air in your home.

Making your own Disenfectant wipes is a great way to decrease the use of dangerous chemicals in the home:

Another option is to purchase house plants.

The Power of Houseplants

woman watering plants
Photo by Daria Rem on

During photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This opposite pattern of gas use makes plants and people natural partners. Adding plants to interior spaces can increase oxygen levels.

Plants constantly remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde, which is found in cigarette smoke, rugs, vinyl, and grocery bags.They also remove other dangerous compounds found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint.

If you have a bedroom above the garage, add houseplants to that room. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that is released by cars and can be extremely dangerous. As the carbon monoxide from the car rises into the room, the plants will convert it into oxygen.

Did you know Aloe Vera plants can remove formaldehyde, and the ficus plants removes benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air?

Houseplants in the Office

Another option is to take a houseplant to work and place on your desk. Most offices are full of carpet and no open windows. Cleaning companies use chemicals  overnight that may be hazardous to our health. Fresh coats of paint can have harmful chemicals in them as well.

Plants create fresh oxygen in the office, absorb a variety of toxins and help clean the air, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Taking care of plants is simple. All you have to do in most instances is put them close to a window or floursecent lights, and water them once or twice a week. Another tip is to simply use ice cubes instead of water.

Some people forget to water their plants, but the soil will absorb the water from the ice as it melts better than simply using water.

While attempting to avoid the corona virus, don’t forget about other dangers that are lurking. Take a good look at your home and make the necessary adjustments.

Open your windows and buy a few houseplants. Your body will thank you.

Get more great tips in my books The Three Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Fitness and The Diet of Success: Healthy Eating Tips for Hard Working Professionals. Both available in paperback, Kindle and Audible formats on Amazon.

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