Worried about the seasonal allergies running in the family? Have you thought about how to purify the air in your home? Here are 5 simple things that you could do right away!
Yes, the air outside isn’t good enough to breathe. And yes, there is a lot of pollution. But it is possible that the air inside your house could be worse. Paints, toxic fumes from your drain cleaner, soot and many other contaminants in the air inside your home could make your family (specially kids) allergic, asthmatic, prone to headaches – basically, rather sick.
So while you clean your home thoroughly, make sure the air is fresh too. Here’s how you can achieve this, using simple methods that are au naturel as well.
1. Air the house:
Yes we know the air outside is polluted. And we do not mean you get the smog indoors. But early in the morning around sunrise, air your house for an hour or so to get the fresh air of the morning circulating in your home. This will get the CO2 and the pollution out of airtight windows as well. Your house will not just smell fresh, but also be cooler through the day. And I think it’s worth for these couple of reasons.
2. Get some plants to clean your home:
We learnt early on in school that plants help you breathe better by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing clean oxygen. If NASA is to be believed, certain plants are better at eliminating significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene than others. According to the study, the top workhorse plants for air purification are Golden Pothos, Peace Lily, Boston Fern, Snake Plant, English Ivy, Dracaena, Bamboo Palm, Dragon Tree, Lady Palm and Spider Plant. It’s suggested that you have at least one plant per 100 square feet of home for efficient air cleaning to be accomplished. Fresh and clean air through the day!
3. Light some beeswax candles:
A lot of us are fond of burning tea lights and candles. But we tend to forget that regular paraffin wax candles are made of a petroleum derivative that emit a considerable amount of smoke over a long period of time. But beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke or scent. They also release negative ions in the air and may be beneficial to those with asthma or allergies by eliminating common allergens like dust and dander. Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy. They also may protect against germs in the air, resulting in decreased irritation due to inhaling various particles that make you sneeze, cough, or have a throat irritation. While beeswax candles may cost more than traditional candles, beeswax burns much slower so they will last much longer. Cost-benefit analysis therefore favors beeswax candles over the wax ones.
4. Get a Himalayan salt lamp:
Salt lamps are simply large pieces of pure Himalayan Salt with a small bulb inside. They can be solid pieces of salt or decorative baskets filled with large crystals of salt. Himalayan salt lamps are made from pure, food grade, Himalayan salt crystals and can even be powdered to use as salt in recipes if needed. Like beeswax candles, salt lamps are natural negative ion generators. Positive ions are often created by electronic devices like computers, TVs, microwaves, and even vacuum cleaners and can often exacerbate problems like allergies, stress and sleep trouble. Negative ions can neutralize positive ions (they bond together) and help cleanse the air.
The unique combination of salt and a light source in salt lamps are what cause the negative ions. Salt is hygroscopic, meaning that it attracts water to its surface and this water evaporates quickly due to the small amount of heat from the light source (this is also why salt lamps tend to sweat and appear wet in humid climates). The negative ions are generated during the evaporation process. Since things like airborne bacteria, and allergens often carry a positive charge, they can be neutralized by negative ions, therefore cleaning the air. What’s more, they look really pretty too and can be used as night-lamps in a kids’ room.
5. Invest in an air purifier:
An air purifier is a device, which removes contaminants and pollutants from the air. It works like any filter by sucking in the air, passing it through cleaning mechanism, giving you clean air. Unlike water which is chemically treated, air is not purified chemically but filtered. MoonBow air purifiers are powered by Puri 5 Technology to make the air fresh up to 99.985%. While choosing an air purifier, one must look at the following USPs which will give you the maximum benefits. One such brand which encompasses all of the below is ‘moonbow’. Take a look at the 5 stages of it’s performance:
- Pre Filter: captures large particles of visible dust, human hair etc.
- Time Hepa Filter: traps all allergens and air born contaminants down to 0.3 microns
- Activated Carbon Filters: filters out odors and other VOCs
- UV lamp: destroys microorganism such as germs, viruses, bacteria and fungi
- Refreshing Energizers: generate negative ions making the air at home close to environment and removing VOCs, pollen, cigarette smoke etc.
Follow this recipe to scent your house with a pot-pourri that can be made on the gas stove: Put the peel of an orange and the peel of a whole lemon with 3 large cinnamon sticks in four cups of water and bring to a simmer on low flame. Keep this warm and re-light the gas when it begins to cool down. You can keep adding more water to this mixture. After about five days of use, it can be used to mop the floor in the house to disinfect and add fragrance.
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