3 Quick Natural Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

September 21, 2015

We spend a large majority of time indoors – whether our home, office or another type of building. There’s not much we can do for buildings we work in, but the home we live in is in our control. Therefore, we should be conscious of what we use and do in our home to improve the quality of the air we’re breathing in.

A while ago, we wrote an article on improving overall air quality by providing some tips on products to use and avoid. Today, we will show you some quick and crafty ways to naturally improve your indoor air quality.

1. Home Made Beeswax Candles

Did you know that regular paraffin candles are made from petroleum oil? This means these candles increase CO2 levels in the atmosphere, and can release benzene, toluene, soot and other chemicals into the air. Soy candles are derived from GMOs. Therefore, we strongly recommend burning Beeswax candles instead or paraffin candles.

Pros of burning Beeswax Candles:

  • Draws toxins out of the air
  • Releases negative ions. Pollen, dust, dirt, and pollutants carry a positive charge.
  • The negative ions released from burning beeswax negate positive charges in the air.

Learn how to make your own beeswax candles here, or you can buy bulk beeswax candles.

2. Plants as Air Filters

Back to the basics – mother earth has natural ways to combat bad pollutants. There are plants you can keep indoors to help filter air. The best part is they’re all low maintenance and make your home look good.

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

This plant not only clears out benzene and formaldehyde (Formaldehyde is a common chemical that has a strong pickle-like odor. It is currently used in thousands of products as an adhesive, bonding agent and solvent), but also serves as a natural healing gel that soothes burns and cuts!

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Similar to aloe vera, this plant also kills formaldehyde and poisonous gases.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

This is a wonderful plant to place in your bathroom because it filters out the formaldehyde used in tissues, toilet papers and other chemical cleaning products.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

According to NASA, the peace lily is one of the top indoor plants for cleaning air. It breaks down and neutralizes benzene, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.

3. Natural All Purpose Cleaner

Think about it, you spray your chemical all-purpose cleaner everywhere and are literally inhaling it! Here’s a simple, cheap way to make your own all-purpose cleaners.

You’ll need:

  • Water
  • Castile soap
  • Essential oil (about 20-30 drops) of your choice. We like lemon because it’s child friendly, and serves as a degreaser in the kitchen as well.
  • Spray bottle

Pour all the ingredients into your spray bottle, shake well, and store in a cool place.

In essence, you can start improving the air quality of your home with these three simple steps. They’re easy, quick, cheap and fun! Please share this with friends and family to help them improve their home’s air quality as well. Thank you for reading this article!