Indoor Air Pollutants
One of the most important functions of a home is to control the temperature of the air inside of it, right? We want our homes warm when it's cold outside, yet cool and comfortable when it's too hot outside. All that climate control means insulating our homes as best we can to keep all the warm or cool air inside when we want it there, but what else are we keeping inside at the same time?
There are loads of indoor air pollutants that are commonly found in modern-day homes, and while some may go unnoticed, others can have direct physical effects on your daily health and well being. It's important to be aware of potential indoor air pollutants because you could be facing them on a daily basis, and prolonged exposure could result in long-term health issues.
What Are Indoor Air Pollutants?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's list of indoor air pollutant sources includes:
What Are Symptoms Caused by Indoor Air Pollutants?
Knowing whether or not you're experiencing health issues related to indoor air pollutants can be tricky since the symptoms often present themselves like the common cold. However, if you've noticed that you have recurring, continuous, or chronic symptoms, you may want to consider what pollutants are floating around your home since you’re more than likely encountering them on a daily basis. Common symptoms caused by indoor air pollutants can be:
How Can I Improve the Air Quality in My Home?
The first thing to consider when improving the air quality in your home is the type of climate that exists outside your home. For example, if you live in an area of the world where it rains a lot, excess moisture may be one of your greatest problems and perhaps the first one you'll want to tackle. However, there are other smaller, simpler steps anyone can take regardless of their location and climate. These factors are more related to the things we keep and use in our homes on a daily basis, which are more easily controlled and perhaps require less of a financial investment:
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Toxins and unwanted chemicals lie in more places than you might think, and when it comes to bedding and linens, the last thing you want is to sleep in residue all night long. Naturally laundering your linens and avoiding harsh chemicals benefits you and your local environment in a number of ways. If you're looking to clean up your laundry routine, here are some natural practices you might like to consider:
Fabric softener and dryer sheets are perhaps one of the biggest offenders in conventional laundry practices. Quaternary ammonium compounds, called "quats" for short, are the chemical compounds found in liquid softeners and dryer sheets that make your clothes feel soft. The problem is that these compounds can trigger asthma and linger on the clothing you wear and linens you sleep in long after they've been removed from the dryer. That means you're carrying these chemicals with you all day and sleeping with them all night long. Combine quats with all the other fragrances, colors, and preservatives found in fabric softeners, and you've got yourself a wearable chemical cocktail that sticks to your clothes, pollutes the air in your home, and gets dumped right into your local water source with every wash.
The great news is that avoiding fabric softeners doesn't mean you have to wear stiff clothing or sleep in scratchy sheets. You can use vinegar in the washer and wool dryer balls instead to help soften your clothes and linens naturally. Wool contains a natural oil called lanolin that is released from its fibers when heated by your dryer. As an added bonus, if you want to naturally scent your clothing, just put a few drops of your favorite essential oils right onto your wool dryer balls before each cycle. Most wool dryer balls are about the size of a baseball and can be purchased online, or you can make them yourself by balling up and felting some 100% wool yarn.
Chemical bleaches and stain removers might be effective at removing stains, but they are harmful for the environment, harsh to breathe in, and can damage your skin if you accidentally come into direct contact with them. Did you know that you can actually remove stains by drying your clothes and linens out in the sun? Even some of the most stubborn stains can be bleached out in a sunbath. The next time you have a rough morning and spill your coffee on your shirt, don't sweat it. Save yourself the cash, time, and hassle of dealing with stain removers by simply hanging your stained fabric outside in full sun after it's just come out of the washer. Usually, two to three hours will do the trick. Keep in mind that sun bleaching is often more effective when the fabric is wet, so even if you don't want to wash the whole thing, wet down the stained area before hanging your fabric out in the sun to get the best results from this all-natural, chemical-free, age-old stain removing method.
Fortunately for conscious consumers, new all-natural laundry detergents are being added to the market all the time. You can find a small selection at almost any grocery store, and if you're someone who enjoys an occasional DIY project, you can even make natural laundry detergent yourself! There are all sorts of easy DIY laundry soap recipes online, so you can experiment as much or as little as you please to find whatever concoction works best for you.
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White Lotus Home is committed to helping the environment: from aiding our local communities, promoting green farming practices nationally, to supporting global green initiatives on a global level. Our focus is to educate the world on the importance of living in a healthier home and the benefits these changes bring to our health. We believe that we can make a difference in the green and organic bedding industry by setting an example for others. We believe that quality and fair value are more important than low prices and a quick profit. We are opposed to the exploitation of the planet and all its inhabitants. Above all, our people, products, and business practices are social, politically and environmentally responsible. We wish all homes could be White Lotus Homes! With more people than ever are looking for ways to bring natural, chemical-free products into their homes, White Lotus Home is here to help you create your own organic home environment.
Here are some of the steps we take as a company:
Our entire line of products is crafted by hand from natural and organic materials. We offer both standard and custom products, giving you the flexibility to choose exactly what you need for your home.
We proudly manufacture in the United States, supporting local workers and the local economy. We utilize American-grown fibers and fabrics whenever possible. We are proud members of the Made in America Movement.
We have dozens of retail partners that bring natural, handcrafted products across the USA and Canada.
Have a great organic bedding idea? Want to extend your product line to branded, high-quality natural and chemical-free goods without the hassle of investing in a new manufacturing operation? Our Private Label Program can bring your dreams to reality.
We carry beautiful hardwood furniture designed and manufactured in the United States.
It’s never too young to go green. A full product line is available for the smallest members of your family, from organic cribs, organic toddler mattresses, organic sheeting, and more.
We offer bulk discounts for large orders, nonprofit services, special events, and more.
Additionally, we offer special rates for hospitals, medical practitioners, yoga and massage practitioners, hotels, bed & breakfasts, and commercial properties.
Each year, we make monetary donations to a range of local and national nonprofit organizations.
We give back to the community by donating boxes and supplies to local schools and organizations for special projects.
Every family has its own story. We understand the investment that can go into purchasing substantial items such as natural mattresses and bedding. Each year, we raffle off or give away bedding, pillows, and more, many to families in need. We also offer financing options --- we feel strongly that natural, healthy options should never be out of your family’s reach.
With our Free Delivery & White Glove Service, White Lotus Home keeps the Earth in mind, whether that means grouping together deliveries for the lowest environmental impact or driving hybrid vehicles whenever possible.
We are active in expos and shows that cater to those interested in handcrafting, green goods and services, and wellness. Look for us at Green Festivals, the International Esthetics, Cosmetics, & Spa Show, and organically-minded shows across the United States. Hosting a local green show, festival, or media event? We welcome any information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We support fair labor practices. All of our manufacturing takes place in our New Jersey facility by workers paid a living wage and benefits. Whenever possible, we source our fibers and fabrics from GOTS-certified providers.
Our natural fibers are all certified by the leading agencies in the organic industries, from GOTS, Oeko-Tek, the USDA Organic Seal, and more, giving consumers the peace of mind that your purchase will be safe and nontoxic.
White Lotus Home always looks for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, from reducing paper waste, recycling, and cleaning with only non-toxic cleaning agents.
A White Lotus Home product is built to last. Rather than pumping out inexpensive, disposable items, we handcraft mattresses and bedding that can stand the test of time, reducing waste. Our All-Latex & Wool mattress has a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty, as well as customers who have used and loved their mattresses for upwards of 30 years!
Did anybody say house calls? Our organic bedding professionals can visit your home to help you find the mattress that will work in your individual home. This is a great option if you’re looking to fit a custom piece.
One word: upcycling! We are always looking for ways to repurpose materials and reduce waste. Our toss pillows are great examples, utilizing scrap materials that would otherwise be thrown away to craft a durable, comfortable product for your home.
We are a clearinghouse for Green, Organic, Natural, and Recycling information. With dozens of contacts in the Organic industry, we may be able to assist in your search.
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How have you and your family made changes to your house and routine? What is your goal for reducing toxins in your home? White Lotus Home will be happy to help you there!
We believe that we can make a difference in the green and organic bedding industry by setting an example for others. We believe that quality and fair value are more important than low prices and a quick profit. We are opposed to the exploitation of the planet and all its inhabitants. Above all, our people, products and business practices are socially, politically and environmentally responsible.