Your home is supposed to be a dependable refuge from the hectic outside world, but what if your house isn’t the safe harbor you thought it was? Oftentimes the air you breathe in your homes is more polluted than the air just outside your windows. The invisible indoor toxins can cause all sorts of health conditions, including respiratory disease, heart disease, and depression.
The Environmental Protection Agency considers polluted indoor air to be one of the top five potential hazards to human health. With most deluxe air purifiers costing hundreds of dollars, keeping indoor air clean can be a costly proposition.
Here are some cheap, natural ways to help keep the air in your home clean and healthy.
The air in your home is chock full of positive ions, which play an important role in how the human body takes in oxygen.
Unfortunately, positive ions also collect allergens and other pollutants and keep them suspended in the air, making them more convenient for humans to breathe in. These freeloading allergens hitch rides on positions ions, and oftentimes the destination is you.
Beeswax Candles Purify Air
Consider firing up some air purifying beeswax candles, which are one of the only known natural methods for producing negative ions.
Emitted into the air when the candle is burning, negative ions have the ability to separate the allergens caught up in all those positive ions, thus making the air in your home safer to breathe. Beeswax candles perform this important task while giving off a pleasant honey scent.
Avoid Petroleum-Based Cleaning Products
The very chemicals you use to help rid your house of grease and bacteria can actually contribute significantly to the overall air pollution inside your home.
Though the labels don’t always say it, many of your most frequently-used cleaning supplies rely on petroleumbased chemicals to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to fighting all those grease stains. Using such products releases volatile organic compounds into the air, which definitely contribute to indoor air pollution.
Fortunately, there are plenty of plant based cleaning solutions—like those offered by Seventh Generation—which will get the job done without introducing copious volatile compounds inside your home. Clean your house with the clean stuff.
Due to their ability to absorb toxins when they breathe, certain kinds of houseplants can be effective natural air purifiers. Seeing a potential use for plants’ air-filtering talents in future missions in space, NASA measured the air-purification ability of a wide variety of plants. Their top three scorers were: English ivy, Spider plant, and Golden Pothos. Keeping copious plants such as these around your house can greatly reduce the pollutants and chemicals in the air.
Keeping the air in your home clean doesn’t have to cost a fortune, nor does it require a lot of work on your part. You’ll love the end result. Simply follow these tips and the inside of your house can be better to look at and better to breathe. +