Now more than ever, disinfecting the interior of your home is crucial. We spend nearly 80% of our time in enclosed spaces that are increasingly well insulated and the quality of the air we breathe has a significant impact on our health. Many microorganisms, bacteria, dust mites and pollens are present on surfaces, textiles and objects, and eliminating them is a real challenge. There are many ways to purify and sanitise your living spaces, but not all are created equal. We have selected the most effective and natural ones for you.

Open the windows

This is definitely the most obvious solution. Interior air is generally more polluted than exterior air (between 5 and 7 times) and it is essential to air out regularly. Adequate ventilation removes volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that accumulate in the air. Regular ventilation also reduces the humidity and temperature of rooms to prevent the growth of microbes or dust mites. Here are some rules to observe for proper ventilation:
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Voici quelques règles à observer pour une aération adéquate:
  • Fully open the windows for at least 15 minutes a day, if possible several times a day if you spend a lot of time at home: the stronger the air current, the faster and more efficient the air renewal.
  • Ventilate all year round, even in winter. In general, we tend to ventilate less in winter to preserve heat, but this is a mistake. Opening the windows for a few minutes will make the air less humid and more healthy.
  • In summer, avoid opening the windows at the hottest times of the day for greater efficiency.
  • Remember to air out after a DIY session, a shower or preparing a meal.
  • The main advantage of this solution is that it’s natural and only takes a few minutes a day. Get into the habit!
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Buy some houseplants

Paints, detergents, deodorants, solvents, etc.: there are many sources of pollution in our homes, but the good news is that you are not alone in your fight against them. Studies carried out in France (Phyt’air) and the United States (NASA Clean Air Study) show plants's ability to purify certain substances present in the air.

Naturally, you don't need to turn your home into a forest, but investing in a few depolluting plants will add a touch of decoration while protecting your health.

Good to know: there is a wide variety of houseplants. Some absorb different compounds and others can cause allergies. So, before buying your plants, it is important to find out about their effects and make sure that you vary the species. It is also generally advisable not to put plants in the bedroom.

Trust in nature

Faced with the proliferation of bacteria and microbes, we often turn to a multitude of chemical cleaning products. Under the guise of effectiveness, they can contain allergins and be harmful, irritating or even corrosive substances. There are even some specialised products that we do not need on a daily basis. Here are some proven natural alternatives:
  • Black soap is ideal for washing floors and sanitising all surfaces and coverings. Better still, it can be used as a stain remover or insecticide and it smells great!
  • Lemon juice: citrus fruits are your friends. An excellent and natural anti-infectious, antiseptic and antiviral agent, it also has a pleasant odour and allows you to clean your home easily.
  • Cider vinegar: even more effective than white vinegar, you can use it to clean small surface areas or dilute it to clean your floor. Don’t worry, the smell disappears quickly and you can even use it for cooking.
  • Tea tree essential oil. A perfect complement to black soap, it will deodorise, disinfect and eliminate viruses, fungi and other microbes thanks to its antibacterial action.

The power of steam

All these solutions are simple and natural, yet powerful in the fight against microbes. They reduce environmental pollution and prevent the proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms in your home. However, some objects such as mattresses or sofas harbour a large number of pests and are difficult to disinfect thoroughly without damaging them. There are only two solutions: chemical products, which are not without health consequences, or steam.

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It is important to consider the power of water as an indispensable element of life that has greatly contributed to the improvement of the health of populations. As steam, it can be extremely effective in eliminating microorganisms, provided that it is properly controlled.

In the case of Laurastar DMS, water heated to 160°C transforms into 100% gaseous steam which, once released, possesses exceptional power. DMS penetrates deep into fibres and gets into the smallest crevices of objects to disinfect and sanitise naturally, eliminating up to 99.9999% of viruses and bacteria.

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