Clean the air in your home

Air pollution is killing 3.3 million people a year, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. While the air in our homes is unlikely to be life threatening, it can seriously impact your health.

We spend most of our time indoors, where the air may be even more polluted than it is outside, has found.

Cleaning products, electronics, building materials and furnishings can release pollutants into the air. In fact, some products meant to ‘help’ with this problem, such as aerosol air fresheners, are forms of air pollutant and contribute to the problem.

Luckily, there are ways we can help reduce indoor air pollution naturally.

Essential oils
Rather than reaching for nasty chemical sprays to kill off airborne bacteria, try an essential oil diffuser. Some essential oils such as clove, rosemary and eucalyptus can help to reduce the number of allergy provoking dust mites in your home.

Green it up
Decorating your home with indoor plants helps to draw toxins from the air and release oxygen. The best indoor plants for air purification are aloe vera, devil’s ivy, English ivy, peace lilies, snake plants, chrysanthemums, flamingo lilies, Boston ferns, areca palms and spider plants.

Groom your pets
We may love them, but few of us love the dander, dust and dust mites that come with them. You can reduce this easily by regularly washing and brushing your pets, keeping mess to a minimum. Vacuuming your floors and your pet’s bed will also help to reduce air pollution.

Put on the aircon
Air conditioners are better at more than just cooling down your home, they also work as an air filtration system. The filter in your aircon traps particles in the air, removing them from the air in your home. However, this filter needs to be changed or cleaned regularly in order to keep your aircon working well and the air clean.

Take off your shoes
If may sound simple, but you walk pollutants, pesticides, fungi and bacteria into your house every time you leave your shoes on. It’s best to avoid bringing them inside at all by simply slipping off your shoes.

Open a window
Let’s end on something you can do right now, easily, and it’s free. Opening a window, even for a few minutes, brings fresh air into your home and lets polluted air out. Opening multiple windows at once helps with cross ventilation, speeding up the air turnover in your home.

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