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Natural Ways to Clean the Air in Your Home

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Cleaning The Air In Your Home

Natural Ways To Clean The Air In Your Home

Indoor air quality is important for our health. It is an important part of our health, and as such, the stewardship of our bodies.

The EPA says:

“Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands…. (Paints, varnishes and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing and hobby products)”

According to the EPA, indoor air can contain 2-5 times more pollutants than outdoor air-regardless of if it is an urban or country community.

Here are some small steps that you can take to help clean the air in your home.

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Cut The Conventional Air Fresheners

They contain formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, 1,4 dichlorobenzene and aerosol propellants, as well as other questionable ingredients, many of which there are no known safe levels for. There are a lot of great ways to make your home smell good naturally.

Switch to Natural Cleaners

Cleaners are a huge source of toxins in household air. Switching to naturally fragranced, and plant based products can help. Fabric softeners are a big one. There are many cleaners that you can make at home. I hope to make share some more of the ones that I use in the future. I highly recommend The Organically Clean Home by Becky Rapinchuk. I also recommend running ingredient through Ingredio to help make sure that they are safe.

Open Up The Windows

Opening up the house when the weather allows is a great way to get clean air in.

Salt Lamps

Himalayan salt lamps are good for a lot of things. For their many benefits you can check out this post by Wellness Mama. One of its benefits is to help clean the air.

Moso Bag

“Made of just one incredibly powerful natural ingredient, moso bamboo charcoal, the Moso Bag is continuously working to effectively absorb and remove odors, allergens and harmful pollutants and to clean and freshen the air. ”

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles burn very cleanly, releasing negative ions into the air. The negative ions can bond with toxins and allergens like dust and dander and effectively remove them from the air.

Paraffin and soy candles release benzene, toluene, soot and other chemicals into the air.

They are easily made, but I do love these from Quiet Light Candles.

Get Some Houseplants

Houseplants are a great way to clean the air in your home, removing benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, ammonia, alcohols, carbon monoxide, and acetone, as well as putting more oxygen in the air.

Diffusing Essential Oils

Essential oils such as cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, thyme, grapefruit lemon, clove, tea tree, pine needle, and eucalyptus have been shown effective at killing viruses, fungi, bacteria and even mold. Before using any essential oil, please be sure to check that they are safe to use around children, pets, or pregnant or nursing women if any of those are in your household. Diffusing essential oils is an effective way to use them.

What do you do to clean the air in your home?

10 thoughts on “Natural Ways to Clean the Air in Your Home

  1. These are all such great suggestions! My husband always has the windows open, but I love using salt lamps and diffusing essential oils! πŸ™‚

  2. Great tips! We try to use toxin free cleaners and keep the windows open as much as possible. I’ve been itching to try a salt lamp!

  3. I have begun to use natural cleaning supplies, like my laundry detergent & my dishwasher detergent but still need to replace my dish liquid. I am going to check out some of your links…

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