Most of us like to think of our home as our own personal oasis, and want to keep it comfortable, clean and tidy. But, no matter how much you clean, there’s one thing that might still be surprisingly unclean: the air. In fact, the air indoors can sometimes even be dirtier than the air outside. Of course, unless there is an unpleasant smell, you probably aren’t even aware of the problem – after all, the dust particles, toxins and chemicals that linger in the air are microscopic and invisible to the naked eye. These invisible enemies can cause allergies, asthma and other health issues. So, what can you do about it? Luckily, there are a few ways to improve the quality of air in your home.
You know how they always say that forests are Earth’s lungs? Well, why not make a mini indoor garden and give your home its own set of lungs? Plenty of plants have air-cleaning abilities, and the best part is that a lot of them are easy to care for. You should keep a few plants in each room – not only will they add to the décor, but will also protect you from formaldehyde, benzene, mold spores and other toxins and carcinogens. Of course, not just any old plant will do. Research and always compare Latin names before buying to ensure you are getting what you need.
Splurge on appliances
The first thing to do is get a powerful vacuum cleaner. There are plenty of options, with different kinds of filters, from water to HEPA. Of course, it goes without saying that filters and bags need to be changed regularly. The next logical step is an air purifier. Research some of the best air purifiers available and determine which one would work best for your home, depending on the size of the space and your particular concerns. Also, don’t forget to change your air conditioner filter regularly. If you live in a particularly humid climate, a dehumidifier might be a good idea, as well.
Mother nature helps
There are several natural air cleaners readily available. For instance, did you know that beeswax candles have air-purifying qualities? Unlike most regular candles, especially scented ones – which actually release more toxins into the air than they clean it, beeswax candles can be a great help in keeping your air clean. They work by releasing negative ions which bind pollutants. They themselves burn without smoke. Bamboo charcoal, like all charcoal, has excellent cleaning properties. Its porous surface traps allergens, bacteria and mold spores. It also soaks up excess humidity, which prevents mildew.
Nothing will be of much help unless you clean your home thoroughly and frequently. The first step is to stop wearing shoes indoors – that way you won’t be tracking dirt inside. Vacuum and dust thoroughly at least every couple of days, and wash your carpets every few months to prevent the dust and dirt from finding its way back into the air. Use a dryer for your laundry to minimize lint. Remove any visible mold using bleach, but be careful not to inhale the spores.
Once you start paying attention, you’ll notice that potentially harmful chemicals are alarmingly common in our households. Avoid scented candles and air fresheners – not only are they intended to simply mask the problem, they also commonly contain unsafe ingredients. Explore green cleaning solutions – nowadays there are plenty of options for all of your needs, and their quality is constantly improving.
It doesn’t take too much effort to improve your air quality significantly. However, you need to become aware of the problem and decide to take matters into your own hands.