Improve your indoor air quality

With the transboundary haze a current and recurring issue in Singapore, it is time to talk about indoor air quality. Haze or not, we spend more than 12 hour a day indoors, and so we felt it was fitting to piece together an indoor air quality toolkit on our SaferSkin Pinterest page.

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Besides avoiding air fresheners, perfumes, fabric sprays and insecticide indoors, there are some ways to improve the air quality in your living space. While an air purifier with a HEPA filter helps significantly, having air cleaning plants around the home help filter  common volatile organic compounds (VOC), as discovered by NASA in the 80’s. Best Denki has a good guide on buying air purifiers here. Also worth reading is this article by Channel NewsAsia on best and worst performing air purifiers in Singapore. Do note that air purifiers that emit ozone might not be a good idea in the case of haze, as explained here by the US Embassy in Beijing.

Beeswax candles and Himalayan crystal salt lamps are also said to be able to purify the air, with the former giving off the scent of honey, and the latter providing a comforting warm glow when switched on. A quick search online will show beeswax candle retailers, be sure to go for pure beeswax where possible, and Himalayan crystal salt lamps are available at some of the shops at Bras Basah Complex at ground level. You might find the salt lamp sweating on humid days, so it’s good to err on the side of caution and house it on a plate.

Of course it’s very important to keep the body well hydrated, and make sure to consume lots of fruit and vegetables to keep healthy and stave off any health ailments. And other than keeping yourself entertained with the television or online reads, why not snuggle up with a book on natural living, in this case we are recommending Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life, and don’t forget comfortable pillows or cushions, ideally ones that are hypoallergenic and natural, meaning no toxic chemicals. See this Apartment Therapy post on natural pillow alternatives.

Remember to always keep a stash of N95 or HEPA-filtered masks in your first aid kit. The cloth or paper ones are good at filtering out bigger particles, but where chemicals and PM2.5 particles are concerned, it’s best to invest in a mask with a HEPA filter, like TOTOBOBO or an N95 mask by 3M. TOTOBOBO is available on their website and on Qoo10, while N95 masks are available at pharmacies islandwide.

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