You might not give it a second thought, but the air you breathe as you walk around your home is full of pollutants. Now, they’re unlikely to cause you too much of an issue really (apart from cigarette smoke), but it’s always nice to know that you’re breathing in clean, healthy air at home.
You can buy air purifiers but we’ve decided to go down the green route and listed below some of the natural ways that will (apparently) purify your home’s air…
Plants are known to have air purifying properties so having them around the house is a great idea for cleaner air, as well as making your home look nice! English Ivy is usually associated with being an outdoor climbing plant, but it can be brought indoors as well, and it’s particularly good as it reduces the amount of benzene in the air. Benzene is produced by inks, rubbers, detergents, paints and plastics, all things often found around the house. Peace Lilies and Chrysanthemums are also good for absorbing benzene.
Whilst having candles around the house can be lovely, they do release pollutants into the air. This is where beeswax candles can help. Most regular candles are made using petroleum and paraffin, whereas beeswax candles burn with little to no scent or smoke and apparently release those healthy negative ions we mentioned earlier. People with allergies and asthma have said that beeswax candles can really help with their conditions, although you do need to check the purity of the candle. 100% pure beeswax candles can also be somewhat expensive!
Smokers should consider getting themselves a Spider Plant for the house. Spider Plants help combat the formaldehyde in the air, a chemical produced by cigarette smoke, as well as foam insulation, plywood and grocery bags. Other plants that can help with this include Bamboo Palm, Azaleas and Mother-in-law’s Tongue.
Research done by NASA found that certain houseplants can remove as much as 87% of indoor pollutants within 24 hours. They recommend having one potted plant of a particular type per 100 square feet. Click here to see more about this information from NASA.
Himalayan Salt Lamps
Now, it’s up for debate whether this actually works or not, but it can’t hurt! According to ‘science’, the technology we use on a day-to-day basis emits positive ions, otherwise known as electric smog. These positive ions are apparently bad for our physical and emotional state and so we need negative ions to balance it out.
Himalayan salt lamps give off these negative ions to help purify the air, and can apparently also help in curing certain diseases, although you can take that with a pinch of… well, you know.
Charcoal might not immediately spring to mind as something that purifies, but it does, and it’s often used in filters to purify water. It can also be used to purify air and for some reason bamboo charcoal is the best kind for making the air cleaner. Moso bags use charcoal and they are said to remove bacteria and allergens in the air as well as removing odours and moisture which can help reduce mold and mildew. They can apparently be rejuvenated by leaving them in the sun once a month.