Many people are concerned about outdoor pollution and the effects it has on the environment and our health, but not everyone stops to think about indoor air pollution inside their own homes.
Bad quality air in our homes can aggravate asthma and allergies and can even make us sick.
Luckily if you don’t want to dish out the cash for a pricey air purifier, I have 3 easy (and cheap!) ways to purify the air in your home!
What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?
Some things that can affect indoor air quality that are easy to detect are pet dander, dust and mold.
There are also many air pollutants that can be in your home that you aren’t aware of. Things like pesticides and car exhaust fumes can actually come into your home through windows or your ventilation system and get trapped there.
The materials your home and furniture are made from can consist of chemicals that can cause indoor air pollution such as formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzene, toulene, lead and asbestos.
Using chemical cleaning products and air fresheners will also release harmful chemicals into the air which contribute to poor air quality inside the home.
3 Easy Ways To Purify The Air In Your Home
Beeswax candles purify the air in your home by releasing negative ions. Dust, dirt, dander and pollutants carry a positive charge which allows them to float though the air.
Negative ions attach themselves to the positive ones which makes them too heavy to remain airborne.
Once they fall to the ground or onto a surface, they can be easily sweeped up or wiped away.
Read here to find out why you should never use paraffin wax candles.
House plants look beautiful in any home and they’re also a cheap and easy way to cleanse and purify the air!
House plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the air. They also have been shown to remove pollutants such as formaldehyde, toulene, benzene and trichlorethylene.
Some plants that are best at purifying indoor air include spider plants, ivy, dracaenas and snake plants.
Essential Oil Diffuser
Diffusing essential oils in your home has many benefits, one of which is purifying indoor air.
Much like beeswax candles, essential oil diffusers release negative ions which as you now know, rids the air of pollutants.
Most essential oils have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that are effective at combatting indoor air pollutants.
Be sure to use high quality oils and if you have small children be sure to research which oils are and are not safe for little ones.
Thanks for reading! What are your favourite ways to freshen the air in your home?