If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you know just how important clean air can be. Other people who aren’t so sensitive may not be aware that the air in their home can be far more polluted with dust, mold, pollen, bacteria, and viruses than the air they breathe on city streets! Read on for the best ten air purification steps to clean up the air quality inside your home.
Ten Tips for the Best Air Purification
Green Your Cleaning Products
One of the worst sources of home and office allergens comes in the form of everyday cleaning products. Sprays and aerosols are particularly bad for air quality, and most mainstream cleaners contain toxins that stay trapped inside rooms and air vents for years. If it’s got a poison warning on the bottle, it’s not safe to breathe it in, either. Switch to eco cleaning products. Or even better, make your own!
Stop Using Paint, Glue, Nail Polish, and Nail Polish Remover Indoors
If you must use paints or adhesives, try to do your work outdoors or in a ventilated shed. At the very least, leave a window open until the smell of your nail polish remover has thoroughly aired out.
Use Onions Against the Worst Odors
Cut onions have an amazing ability to absorb chemical aromas and poisons from the air. Chop up an onion and leave it out on a dish for a day or two after painting or using cleaning chemicals.
Install a HEPA Furnace Air Filter
A HEPA filter is made up of special cloth-like fibers that filter particles out of the indoor air. They do wonders for the air quality in your home and I’d highly recommend them for anyone suffering from allergies especially. i
Ban Cigarettes, Perfumes, Candles and Incense from Your Home
Candles, cigarettes, and even fireplaces all emit chemicals that can cause allergic reactions and damage sensitive respiratory tissues. Perfume and incense are equally harmful.
Vacuum More Often
Carpets hold a huge volume of dust, mold spores, and trapped allergens. Some vacuums do a better job than others, so make sure you have a powerful vacuum that picks up particles that affect air quality.
Get Rid of Broadloom Carpet
Of course, even better than vacuuming is cleaning under your carpets and beating them out – something that can’t be done to broadloom. Wall to wall broadloom is terrible for allergy sufferers because it traps all kinds of dirt, dust mites, mold, pollen, and dander within and under the rug that can never be cleaned properly.
Wash Pets and Change Bedding Often
Many allergy sufferers can still have pets as long as they are vigilant and careful about keeping them clean. Dogs can get espeiclly dirty, and should be washed every few weeks ideally. Cat litter should be cleaned every day or two and changed weekly. Pet beds (or furniture, if they sleep on the couch) should be vacuumed often.
Try an Ionic Air Purifier
Negative ions have been shown to have a profound impact on air quality and human health. A negative air ionizer or a natural salt lamp helps pull particles like dust and bacteria out of the air and may help to relieve headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and nausea.
Keep Potted Plants
Plants are the original, natural home air cleaners, filtering toxins out of the air and increasing oxygen levels. Spider plants are particularly good at filtering chemicals and fumes out of the air, and they are easy to care for and maintain.
Trying even a few of these tips will help clean up the air quality at home or at work and can go a long way to strengthen immunity, relieve cold and allergy symptoms, and ensure greater clarity, peace of mind and productivity.