How To Purify Air In Your Home
You may think you’re safe from air pollution when you’re home, but knowing how to purify air inside the house is just as critical when it comes to protecting your health. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution can be just as hazardous to your health as outside air pollution.
Toxins in the air in your home can come from a variety of sources, such as pesticides, cigarettes, building materials, and even those sweet-smelling air fresheners. You may think you’re freshening up your home, but many of these products have been known to release harmful chemicals into the air.
If you spend a lot of time indoors, it can be scary learning that toxins and contaminants can lurk where you eat and sleep. However, there is hope! Keep reading and learn more about how you can purify the air inside your home with these five easy steps.
Home Purification In 5 Easy Steps
- Improve your home’s ventilation
Chemicals and allergens inevitably get stuck inside our homes, so the first step is to look for ways to increase ventilation.
Probably the easiest way to help with ventilation is to open your windows occasionally. Even by opening your windows for five minutes a day, you’re helping reduce the amount of moisture in your home and reducing the number of chemicals and allergens that build up.
- Buy some houseplants
Houseplants are natural air purifiers because they naturally filter toxins in the air. Experts suggest placing a plant every 100 square feet in your home for maximum air purification. And as a bonus benefit, some research suggests plants help improve your mood and reduce stress!
Some of the best plants to buy when it comes to home purification include spider plants, Lady Palms, peace lilies, snake plants, gold pothos, dragon trees, weeping figs, chinese evergreen, and aloe plants.
- Switch out your candles
When you burn beeswax candles, they become natural air purifiers and neutralize any lurking contaminants in the air.
Opting for beeswax candles is a much better decision than burning candles that contain paraffin. Paraffin is a type of petroleum, and when you burn a candle that contains paraffin, you’re releasing soot and other harmful chemicals into the air.
- Don’t wear shoes inside
Just by taking off your shoes, you can reduce toxins in the air by 60 percent. All the dirt, germs, and pesticides you picked up walking around outside collect on your shoes. And if you don’t take your shoes off inside the home, you’re tracking allergens throughout your house.
- Oils For Cleansing Air
Oil diffusers are another effective home purification solution. Various essential oils can clean the air and even kill off viruses, bacteria, and dust mites. Some essential oils to try include cinnamon, eucalyptus, clove, lavender, and lemon. You can add essential oils to your diffuser to purify the air or simply add a few drops to your soaps and detergents to breathe the difference.
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