My urge to clean up the air inside my home began when I heard the statistic that indoor air pollutants are often 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels, with some cases exceeding 100 times that of outdoor levels! I was like, “Whoa!” when I learnt this, and immediately began searching for ways to help reduce that level so that my body wouldn’t continue receiving all these toxins through the air I was breathing.
It does make sense that indoor air would be more polluted as you don’t get that constant air flow through the house, and the space is smaller and more confined, preventing new air from continually moving in and out.
In today’s chemical laden world, we are exposed to toxins all the time, and it’s almost impossible to avoid them completely (you’d have to live in a sterilised ball for the rest of your life!). But I do my best to reduce the amount of toxins and pollutants I come into contact with on a daily basis, to help minimise the toxin-load on my body.
Using an indoor air filter can be a great help in reducing toxins hiding in the air, but some other natural methods to assist in minimising you and your family’s exposure to chemicals in the air inside your home include:
Indoor plants make great air purifiers as they’re really effective at filtering out the air in your home and converting it into clean air filled with oxygen for you to breathe. They also brighten up the place and bring a little bit of nature into the home (which is what I love most about them).
Salt lamps are made from Himalayan salt crystals and release negative ions into the air, which can bind with toxins and help remove them from the air. They are also a beautiful light source, and act a little like a night-light as they give off this beautiful pinky-orangey glow (which I find very comforting and soothing at night). If I need a light source at night for reading, salt lamps are what I turn to as the natural orange glow doesn’t disrupt sleep hormones like fluorescent or blue lights do (and it’s very relaxing which is what you want when you’re about to go to bed).
When lit, the salt crystal naturally clears the air of allergens like pet dander, pollen, smoke, and other air pollutants. What’s more, it dilutes odours so you can breathe easier.
You can keep the lamp lit for as long as you like (I usually leave it running all day and all night) to maintain this purifying effect.
Paraffin candles are derived from petroleum and can release chemicals like soot, toluene, benzene and other chemicals into the air when lit. These types of candles should be avoided as they do more harm than good to the quality of the air inside your home.
On the other hand, pure beeswax candles burn with nearly no scent or smoke and actually clean the air by releasing negative ions into it, just like the salt lamps do.
People with asthma or allergies will find beeswax candles especially helpful as they’re quite good at removing common allergens like dander and dust from the air. Beeswax candles also last a lot longer than paraffin ones because they burn at a much slower rate.
Diffusing essentials oils like cinnamon, oregano, pine needle, rosemary, thyme, grapefruit, lemon, clove, and tea tree in the home creates and environment where viruses, fungi, bacteria and even mould cannot survive. It’s a wonderful way to help keep the home free from germs as well as purify the air.
Activated Charcoal (Particularly Bamboo Charcoal)
Bamboo charcoal makes another fantastic natural air cleaning option. I’ve mentioned before how charcoal makes an excellent teeth whitener, and what’s even more amazing is it has an incredible toxin-removing effect on air.
Simply place some activated bamboo charcoal in burlap bags around the home, then sit back and watch how they do wonders for removing toxins and odours from the air.
What makes bamboo charcoal so effective is its porous structure which helps remove harmful pollutants, bacteria, and allergens from the air, while also absorbing moisture which helps prevent mildew and mould by essentially “trapping” impurities inside each pore. What’s more, things like paint, carpeting, furniture, air fresheners, chemical cleaners, rubber, and plastics can emit harmful toxins such as chloroform gases, formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia, but by using this charcoal, it can help to reduce the amount of these toxins in the air. Placing the bags in sunlight once a month may help to rejuvenate the charcoal, and you can reuse the bags for up to around 2 years, where after that you can simply pour the charcoal into the soil around plants to help retain moisture and fertilise them.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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What natural ways do you use to help keep your indoor air clean? I love hearing new ideas! Share your awesome tips below!
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