You might be wondering “How can I purify the air in my home naturally?” without or aside from using other man-made air purifying machines. Well, here are some effective yet affordable options for you that I’ve researched and tested on my own. Read on!
Growing Indoor Plants
One of the most popular ways to naturally purify the air in your home is by growing indoor plants. This method is considered making your home look more beautiful and aesthetic so it’s a win-win situation.
If you are plant beginner, here are some easy-to-take-care-of ones that I’ve handpicked due to some basic research:
Fiddle Leaf Fig
It is known for its large, glossy violin-shaped leaves – one of the most interior design favorites. This plant loves bright and indirect sunlight, requires once (or twice) watering per week depending on the season, and dust wiping-off to optimize its purifying function.
You know when to water it when sticking your finger in the soil and the top one inch is dry.
It also goes by other names like “Swiss Cheese” or “Window Leaf” plant, known for the unique leave shape.
It likes indirect sunlight. You’ll also have to wipe the dust off its leave and spray mist on the plant occasionally.
This medium-sized plant is super-easy to care for, known for its fresh lily flower and beautiful leaves. They’re on NASA’s top list of plants that purify the air because they’re known to reduce the levels of toxin in the air.
Also known as “Mother-in-law’s Tongue”.
This is the most popular indoor plant for air purifying ability, featuring a clean structure and going really well with the minimalist lifestyle.
They basically grow anywhere and don’t require much sunlight or water to survive, which is great for beginners.
Unlike ordinary candles, this releases no scent nor smoke when burning. Instead, it provides negative ions to help clean the air.
This is another effective way to purify your indoor air.
It is also considered a good way for people who are suffering allergies or asthma to breathe more healthily and easily since these negative ions can eliminate dander, dust, and other common allergens as well.
Basically, bamboo charcoal has a ton of little pores in it so, what it actually does is bringing in all of the toxins, allergens, pollutants, and other bad stuff in the air. They trap it inside and keep your indoor air cleaner.
Bamboo charcoal is commonly sold in small fabric bags that can last up to 2 years as long as you recharge them and take care of them properly.
Don’t worry, it’s very easy to use.
You just need to put these bags out in the sun when you first get them and then place them in your room. Done!
Himalayan Salt Lamp
Not just breathing issues but Himalayan salt lamps are also known for their wonderful benefits in solving your sleeping problems, like insomnia.
Similar to bamboo charcoal, it emits negative ions that supposedly fight against electromagnetic radiation and fight fatigue, sluggishness. It is naturally ionized air which you then breathe at night, allowing you to awake refreshed and perhaps even help with allergies.
That’s all the best ways to naturally purify indoor air but take note that it only works if you’re living in those areas with low to medium pollution levels.
For heavily polluted cities or areas, you have to combine them with one of these methods below:
As its name implies, this is a machine that helps clean the air by removing impurities such as odors, bacteria, smoke, and dust.
But not all air purifiers can eliminate such bad things in your home. To get those benefits, you need to make sure the machine features HEPA filters and activated carbon filters.
As a basic rule of thumb, the more the filter built in your air purifier, the more bad-smells, gasses, and allergens can be absorbed. If you can choose, go for a heavier filter because it will last you longer.
While becoming an indispensable home appliance to beat the scorching heat of summer, an air conditioner can purify your indoor air by filtering and disinfecting pollen, dust, and other environmental allergens.
By reducing the level of humidity, it controls the growth of mold and mildew.
Other researches also point out that air conditioners can create a cleaner and healthier atmosphere to breathe, even if you’re living in areas where air quality is poor.
In other words, it reduces allergies and asthma.
This is probably an expensive investment but it’s worth it because vacuum cleaners help remove a huge amount of pet hair, dust, and debris out of your house.
These elements, in fact, are things that keep your allergies or asthma worse. So, by eliminating them as much as possible, the indoor air will be cleaner to breathe while your allergy symptoms will be decreased significantly.
Not to say that regular carpet vacuuming helps prolong your carpet life as well.
I highly recommend this machine for people who are suffering allergies or have pets in your home.
Learning the best ways to purify your indoor air is essential because of the fact that indoor air is 5 times worse than the air outside.
Neglecting the air quality might lead to allergies, asthma, and illness in the long term. That’s why I hope the listed natural air purifying methods above will help you breathe better and live healthier.