purify your air naturally:
Would it surprise you knowing the air you are breathing in your home is worse than the air outside? Poor air quality is not a surprise when it comes to being indoors. Although it was to me when I first found out. After all, many home heating systems recycle the air that is already inside the home. The air in our homes can result in allergies, asthma, and constant headaches. However, that is not all! Poor air quality can even affect your digestive system.
When I first found this out, I was pretty taken aback. All I could think was that I needed to find ways on how to purify the air in my home.
what should you leave behind?
- Harsh, and common, chemical-laden household cleaners. Many cleaners most commonly used in households contain VOC (volatile organic compound) ingredients. This includes ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde. Chemicals such as those may cause dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, nausea, and more.
- Scented candles and incense. The scent of many candles are neuro-toxic. This means that the chemicals used are harmful to our brains, lungs, and nervous systems. Plus, they can cause developmental difficulties in children.
- Dusty curtains, fans, filters, and surfaces. Keeping your home free of dust can really reduce potential allergens! Routinely clean your filters and wipe down surfaces.
what to use instead:
- Organic or homemade household cleaners. One of my favorite, and most simple, cleaning recipes uses lemon essential oil, warm water, and vinegar.
- Candles made from beeswax, coconut wax, hemp, or soy. Not only are these candles made from natural ingredients, they often are scented with essential oils. Essential oils contain many beneficial and healing properties!
- Air-purifying plants. At the top of the list: English Ivy, Golden Pothos, Boston Fern, Dracaena, Bamboo Palm, Dragon Tree, and Peace Lily.
- Himalayan salt rock lamps. The crystallized salt, when heated by the bulb inside, releases negative ions which are known to neutralize pollutants.