Homes can become stuffy places. Toxins that can cause illness are less able to dissipate and escape and so the chance of catching illness is increased when indoors. Then there’s the dust that’s in all of our homes. Ventilating your home and purifying the air is important not just to keep odours at bay but to keep you healthy. Here are a few ways that you can freshen up the air inside your home.
Plants take the carbon dioxide that we breathe and convert it into fresh oxygen, making the air cleaner. They’re also great at fighting off toxins such as ammonia, formaldehyde and benzene. If you haven’t got any houseplants in your home, try sprucing a few of the most popular rooms with some. Plants unfortunately won’t help fight off dust, so remember to dust your plants leaves so that they continue to flourish.
A salt lamp can add to the atmosphere in more ways than one. The crystal mood lights pull moisture out of the air, including allergens and pathogens that could cause illness or an allergic reaction (such as hayfever). You may think that salt lamps have to be turned on in order to purify the air, but they can actually work when turned off too. Adding a few of these around your home could be all you need.
For those that like candles, why not try beeswax? Whilst paraffin candles can release toxins into the air, these natural alternatives help to eliminate contaminants. They give off very little scent or smoke and burn very slowly – so you won’t have to replace them often. Beeswax candles are particularly useful if you have asthma, as they are great neutralising dust in the air.
No shoes in the house
Things that you pick up on the bottom of your shoes will get spread around the house if you wear shoes indoors. This isn’t so much of a problem with floorboards that are much easier to clean, but when it comes to carpets, dirt can often get soaked up deep in the carpet material. This can often include toxins picked up from outside. A doormat can help reduce these toxins by 60%, however you can reduce toxins getting into your house further simply by enforcing a ‘no shoes in the house’ rule.
Open those windows
This is probably the most obvious way of ventilating your home and is always worth doing whilst cooking when you’re most likely to release toxins into the air. That said, if you live in an urban area where there’s a lot of pollution, opening your windows may do more harm than good. In these situations, an exhaust fan is a good purchase for sucking all the bad air outside. Most modern kitchens are now built with exhaust fans. Many people will also fit them in their bathrooms to tackle bad odours – especially if their bathroom doesn’t have a window.