Some days, no matter what you do, it’s like walking into some tropical jungle. It’s so humid! Even with a dehumidifier or an air conditioner, you may need an extra hand to combat the sticky, humidity lingering in the air. There are a lot of household products sold in stores to fight moisture, including baking soda; but, there are other ways to do this, and in turn lower the humidity in your home.
When the humidity in your home is reduced, your quality of air will improve, as well as your own mental clarity, surprisingly enough. Homes that are too humid and stuffy are proven to link directly to mild sickness, brain fog, and even the triggering of allergies. When the air is moist, bacteria and mold are also more likely to spring up. Simple measures can make a big difference in your home.
In prime humidity areas such as the kitchen and bathroom, it is important to have ventilation fans present. Make sure to turn them on when the room is in use, and leave the fan on for a little while, when finished. This will clear the air of moisture, eliminating odors and pathogens too. If you don’t have vents installed, opening a window or using a ceiling fan can work as well.
Installing a UV purification system in your home can also help dehumidify your home. A UV purification lamp works hand in hand with your furnace and air conditioning unit. It improves the quality of air being released in your home by filtering the air with Ultra Violet rays to make the air in your home clean and fresh. It also results in helping pull excess moisture out of the air, along with bacteria and other particles that can float around. You can read more about UV purification for your home here.
Don’t be afraid to decrease your indoor temperature by a couple of degrees. Too much hot air can make your home humid quickly. By increasing the cold air just a bit, the humidity will decrease.
Baking soda is one of those things that everyone uses for everyday purposes. Cooking, cleaning, brushing your teeth, this stuff is the traditional all purpose cleaner. So, naturally, it makes a great dehumidifier. Baking soda sucks in the excess dampness in fridges, carpets, and pretty much anywhere! Leave a box open on a window sill, or anywhere in a room where odour and dampness accumulate. For carpet, pour on and let sit for 10 minutes; when the times up, just vacuum and your carpet should be dry and clean. In my house, we use this also to clean up spills and carpet stains, as the baking soda will absorb everything. This way, cleaning up the mess won’t be a hassle! Use it to your advantage, you won’t be disappointed.
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