December 20, 2011

Keep Your Winter Air Filtered and Clean

Snow falling, cold wind blowing. The furnace clicks on. Uh oh! What about all the dust that collected in the air ducts over the year?

Here’s a simple solution to keeping the dusty and even moldy muck from spewing into your air. Make your own washable filters!

Find an old 100% wool sweater; perhaps at your local Salvation Army and wash it in hot, hot water and simple soap in your washing machine. This is not a time to worry about the delicacy of the sweater. We want it to felt up good and thick, even shrink.

The idea is to tease the fibers into felty submission. Then dry it in a hot dryer. This will further the felting process. Once the sweater is thick and misshapen, measure the perimeter of the register (the opening on the floor where the heat blows out) and cut the sweater to fit neatly into the opening. The best part is that you don’t need to hem the ends since felted wool doesn’t fray.

It will make a tidy filter that allows the free flow of hot air while offering a hygienic filter.

This wool filter is as good, if not better, than any pre-made filter and is easily tossed into the washer monthly, so you and your family can breathe freely. When the furnace first comes on in the cooler months, clean the filter more often, perhaps even have a few of them already made and ready to fitted.

In your little girl’s room, choose a pink sweater. In your son’s, blue. Simple solutions for a healthier life…made by you. Our health is in our hands.

by Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom. If you yearn to learn, contact Joette Calabrese at for a free, 15-minute SKYPE or phone session and find out if homeopathy is a good fit for you and your family’s lifestyle strategy. For a download of our new, printer-friendly First Aid Chart, go to and find it in the “Free Downloads and Articles” box. Don’t forget to check out all the information on Joette’s upcoming system designed for moms. Just click Yearn to Learn.

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