Smog Alert!

Posted on January 13, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |


We all know of the importance of breathing clean air and the effect that pollution has on our health and environment, but we rarely consider the quality of the air where we typically spend the most time: INDOORS!  According to the EPA, “indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times- and occasionally more than 100 times- higher than outdoor pollution levels.”  Yikes!

Fortunately, Sheryl Eisenberg of This Green Life has some great tips for reducing indoor air pollution in our homes and workplaces:

1.  Regular thorough cleanings rid your home of dust, which contains many biological and chemical pollutants that can easily become airborne or ingested through hand-to-mouth contact.  Eisenberg recommends vacuuming with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, using a wet mop, leaving shoes at the door, and sealing cracks to keep dust down in the first place.

2.  Use green household and personal care products!  Don’t contaminate your home (or body) with the toxic chemicals that can be found in many conventional products, including cosmetics, haircare, and air fresheners.  Sponge & Sparkle uses exclusively green products in your home, so you can be sure that fresh clean smell is safe to breathe in!

3.  Prevent mold by keeping humidity in your home to 50% or less, fixing leaks, and ventilating appliances properly.  Don’t let water accumulate anywhere, as it can be a breeding ground for mold and all of the dangerous health effects that come with it.

4.  Test for radon and get your fuel-burning appliances inspected every year to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

5.  Don’t allow smoking indoors!  (This one should be a no-brainer).

(More great tips and information can be found on the This Green Life blog at

It’s up to you to make sure the air quality inside your home is safe and non-toxic, but you don’t have to do the job all on your own.  Let Sponge & Sparkle help you!  Schedule a cleaning today, then take a deep breath and enjoy your beautiful, HEALTHY home!

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Raina Raflo owns Sponge & Sparkle, Atlanta’s oldest and most reputable

independent maid and house cleaning service. (404) 633-9662.


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