Airing Out The House

One way to feel healthy this winter is to prevent our homes from becoming stagnant and smelly. Fresh air will help to clear germs and make everything smell better. Here in Seattle, this was our last sunny day above 50 degrees F. It was time to Air Out The House. But any non-percipitous day will work for you.  I  do this once a month all through the winter and spring. It helps if you start with a fairly clean and dusted house. (but maybe the day after, so you don’t over-do it ;)

This is especially wonderful after a family member has been sick and using a humidifier.

1) Turn off Heater.

2) Bundle up! Of course bundle the kids too, they will love this activity.

3) Open all of the windows.

4) Fans. Bring back last seasons fans or turn on ceiling fans. Some free-standing fans can actually be wedged in the window to bring in fresh air!  In that case, turn it one way to suck out old air for 5 minute sin each window, and then turn it around to bring in fresh for 5 -10 min.  Please be careful you watch your children around fans.

5) While your fans are going, take your rugs outside and bang them. Throw anything washable into the washer. Curtains, small rugs, bathmats, placemats, stuffed animals, throw pillows/cases.

6) Wash the couch! If the furniture has been vacuumed very recently, use a barely damp terry rag (warm water, maybe one drop of a natural cleaner like Dr.Bronner’s a homemade vinegar/lavender solution)

7) De-germ by taking a rag with hot water, vinegar and an essential oil (thyme is best) to your doorknobs and light switches.

8.) Sniff. Hopefully your home now smells like something fresher than sleeping bodies, dog, cat, crusty breast milk, poop, boogers.  But if you like your home to smell like something else entirely, you can make a natural spray with equal parts water and witch hazel plus a few drops of your favorite oils. (Mine: lavender, rosemary, rose.)

9) Drying Out. Close windows, put fans away and turn your heat up high (74F?) for 30 minutes to dry everything out. Don’t forget to un-bundle yourself and the children or they may keel over. ;)

10) Turn your heat down to an ecologically respectable temperature! !C’est Fini

*You get extra credit for stripping the beds beforehand (air out the pillows and mattresses)  and if you schedule to have your heating vents cleaned or change furnace filter.

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Moorea Malatt is the founder of, an online resource for gentle and naturally-minded early parenting challenges. Moorea is an expert in gentle (and early) potty learning, gentle sleep learning and gentle discipline. Moorea is the author of online learning programs, books and blogs. She leads sold-out workshops and provides private phone consults. Moorea is an event speaker in the specific areas of potty, gentle discipline and sleep learning without Cry-It-Out. As a parent, she overcame severe sleep deprivation due to her daughter’s sleep disorder, enjoyed gentle early potty learning tremendously and revels in parenting gently with clear boundaries and respect and consistency. Moorea has 20 years of experience with parents and young children as a preschool teacher, certified postpartum doula, infant and overnight nanny, creative life coach, and religious educator in Jewish, Buddhist and Christian settings. She enjoys horticulture and greening, birding, snorkeling and marine biology, and crafting imperfectly. She cannot cook worth beans, but enjoys a good sugar-free baking science experiment. Moorea also wrote, sang and played guitar on an album of songs called, “Whip It Out: Songs for Breastfeeding“. She was the owner, director and curriculum designer of Genius: A Baby Academy in Seattle before moving to Berkeley, CA where she coaches parents from all over the globe, teaches local classes and is one of three fabulous 3 mompreneurs creating Grow, a new and exciting pregnancy and parenting resource in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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4 Responses to Airing Out The House

  1. Lovely :) One of the things that always freaks me out during the winter is not being able to air out the house. I’ll try to make an effort to do this (ok, I probably won’t be washing couches) at least once this year!

  2. Rebekah says:

    This is a banging idea. Thanks.

  3. Currently it sounds like Drupal is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  4. This is a really good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.

    Simple but very accurate info… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

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