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We’re always told to throw open the windows or get out in the fresh air if we’re feeling a bit groggy, tired or ill. And it certainly works for dusting off the old cobwebs and feeling more invigorated and enlivened. But how can you mimic that feeling indoors for your own wellbeing too? Pollutants and toxins creep into our house and make our air a lot dirtier than we probably realise. Dust, mould, pet dander, smoke and chemicals can all make the air in your home even grubbier than outdoors. These can cause problems for those with allergies and asthma and even cause headaches, heart and digestion problems. So let’s take a look at some of the ways you can get pure air circulating through your home.
Invest in an air purifier to filter out as many airborne pollutants in your home as possible. The best air purifier will have very high CADR ratings for things such as smoke, dust and pollen. The filters in air purifiers remove all sorts of allergens and will make your air a lot fresher inside. Air purifiers kill germs as they pass through and can get rid of bacteria and odours too. Also look for an air purifier that removes VOC’s too. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. These can be things such as disinfectants, adhesive and varnishes. And if you have a snorer in the house, air purifiers have been known to quiet that kind of beast down too!
Don’t underestimate the power of bringing the outdoors in when it comes to creating fresher air inside your home. Decorating your home with houseplants is a great way to create purer air indoors. Houseplants will suck up any carbon monoxide in your house and work double duty by also releasing cleaner oxygen for you to breathe in too. Golden Pothos, Bamboo Palm and Dragon Tree plants are all great for producing pure air in your house. But if you have pets, do make sure that the plants you choose are safe for your furry friends. Some plants contain toxins that are dangerous for pets.
Keep Floors Clean
Think about how much traffic comes through your house every day with soles embedded in dirt. Keep mats at all entrance points for people to wipe their feet and make a rule of no shoes in the house. Buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter to clean your floors. This will help to clean up pet dander and pollen effectively. And use a microfiber mop to finish your clean, as this will pick up any dust and dirt your vacuum may have left behind.
So, one of the main problems with those pretty tea light candles you might use around your house is that they are made from paraffin. And paraffin contains toxins. The toxins can actually poison the air that you are breathing in. If you want to light your home is a natural, non-toxic way, choose 100% natural beeswax candles. Beeswax also lets out negative ions as it burns. This, in turn, will help eliminate some of the toxins found in your air such as pollen, dust and pollutants. If you live with anyone that suffers from asthma, hayfever or allergies, beeswax candles are a great choice to help reduce the sniffles.