Would it shock you to know that the air you’re breathing indoors can be up to 5 times worse than the air outside? Neglecting the quality of the air you breathe on a daily basis can result in heightened allergies, asthma, and frequent headaches!
But you don’t have to settle for poor air quality. Here are five simple, natural ways for you to purify the air in your home without purchasing an expensive air purifier.
A Himalayan Salt Lamp: When the 200-million-year-old crystallized salt is heated by the small bulb inside, it releases negative ions which are known to neutralize pollutants in the air. They are sold in many different sizes and shapes, so it’s wise to find a lamp with a weight that is appropriate for the size of the room it will be used in.
Bamboo Charcoal: Charcoal has long been used in our filters to purify water, and it’s also popping up in beauty products everywhere. And charcoal can have the same toxin-removing effects on air. Charcoal air purifying bags are bags made of linen and filled with high-density bamboo charcoal. The porous structure of the charcoal helps remove bacteria, harmful pollutants and allergens from the air and absorbs moisture, preventing mold and mildew by trapping the impurities inside each pore.
Beeswax Candles: Unlike regular paraffin candles that are derived from petroleum, pure beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke or scent. Like the salt lamp, they also release negative ions in the air and may be beneficial to those with asthma or allergies by eliminating common allergens like dust and dander. While they may cost more than traditional candles, beeswax burns much slower so they will last much longer.
Houseplants: We’ve known for ages that plants literally help you breath better by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing clean oxygen. But, according to a study by NASA, certain plants are better at eliminating significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene than others. According to the study, the top workhorse plants for air purification are Golden Pothos, Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Snake Plant, English Ivy, Dracaena, Bamboo Palm, Dragon Tree, Lady Palm and Spider Plant. It’s suggested that you have at least one plant per 100 square feet of home for efficient air cleaning to be accomplished.
House Air Filters: This is a no-brainer, in fact every home with an HVAC has an air filter system. All of the above recommendations are passive processes for cleaning the air. However, moving air through a filter is the only active process to clean the air inside your home. Most people tend to neglect the importance of changing out these filters every 60-90 days......plus it's just a pain to remember each size of filter. That is why you should sign up for a service that will automatically deliver the filters to you:
1) It is a reminder they need to be changed.
2) The correct sizes will come every time.
3) They are the same cost as going to Home Depot or Lowes.
You can check out, Filteright for this type of service.