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How to Purify the Air in Your Home

By Gfl

We all know that spending time outdoors, whether that be in your garden or at the park, is very beneficial to our health. Getting fresh air is fantastic for improving our physical and mental health.

With the emphasis on outdoor air, the quality of the air inside our homes is often overlooked. The air we breathe at home is just as important as outdoors air. Unfortunately, there are quite a few things that can degrade your home’s air quality.

So how can you make sure that you’re not breathing in harmful chemicals, dust, and allergens when relaxing at home? Follow these 5 tips to clean up the air inside your house and live a healthier life!

Maximise airflow

One of the first and easiest things you can do to start purifying your air is to open your windows occasionally. Simple as that! Keeping your windows for even just 5 minutes a day can help lower the concentration of toxic chemicals in a room.

Try to develop the habit of opening your windows everyday. And when you clean, hoover, or do anything that might lower the air quality of the room, keep the windows open. Having proper air input and output will get help get rid of toxins or allergens.

Not only will you start expelling those unwanted particles from your home, you’ll also get that breath of fresh air that you need! It’ll revitalise you and your home, and give the energy boost that you sometimes need.

Spruce up your home with plants

The next step you can take towards a cleaner home is to bring a bit of the outdoors indoors! Now you probably already know that plants improve the air by taking in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. But did you know that some plants also remove certain pollutants too?

These chemicals include benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene. And the less of these in the air, the better. Placing a few houseplants throughout your home will drastically improve the air quality.

Not only are plants great natural air purifiers, they add a bit of character to any room. Plants can play an important role in establishing the look and feel of your home, so you can get creative! And for those without a green thumb, there are plenty of plants that are low maintenance: spider plants, snake plants, ficuses, and succulents just to name a few.

Give your heating a good cleaning

An important thing to check on when you set out to purify the air in your house is your central heating system. Grab your vacuum cleaner and duster and clean your radiators to protect yourself from allergies.

As you heat your home, warm air rises and travels around the room. As it cools, cold air falls back down and returns to your radiator to be warmed up once again. Along the way, it takes dust with it, which can collect on the inside of your radiators.

On a more serious note, make sure to have your boiler and the rest of the system inspected and serviced regularly. A fault in the system could leak dangerous carbon monoxide so be sure to keep everything in check.

Not only will regular maintenance and cleaning of your central heating ensure your home is safe, you’ll maximise its efficiency and lower your heating bill.

Go natural

There are several, natural ways you can purify the air. Compared to synthetic fragrances, these are much better for you since they don’t contain harmful chemicals and are environmentally friendly to boot!

Bamboo or activated charcoal are often used in water purification, is increasingly found in beauty products. Now, they can even help remove toxins from the air in your home. Charcoal air purifying bags eliminate bacteria, allergens, and odour from the air—these work fantastically well in small, enclosed spaces such as a wardrobe or a car.

If you like to light up a few candles in the evening, it’s time to turn to natural beeswax candles. These burn much cleaner and slower than paraffin candles. They don’t release harmful petroleum byproducts and instead ionise the air to neutralise the floating toxins.

Be careful of how you clean

Another step towards cleaner air is to stop using harsh chemical products in your day to day life. Cleaning supplies, soaps, and detergents usually contain toxic chemicals that are easy to overlook.

Now is the time to make the switch to more eco-friendly natural options. There are many green cleaning supplies available, ranging from dishwasher tablets to shower cleaners. If you are more into DIY solutions, you can always create your own!

With a careful eye on how you clean, you’ll reduce the amount of harmful pollutants floating around in the air you breathe. You’ll also diminish the harmful impact you have on the Earth!

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