We recently had a bout with a nasty nasty stomach bug that passed from me to my husband. I think it’s safe to say that there’s never a convenient time to be sick, and it’s one thing for a parent to be down, but it’s a whole ‘notha ballgame for a kid to go down. So before the virus could spread to anyone else in my family, I went on a cleaning spree, and I used these three things to help clean the air and naturally eliminate airborne toxins. Two of the three required no effort whatsoever on my part. They are simply a staple in our home and are constantly keeping the air clean. The last one took less than two minutes to finish. You can do these. They’re really that simple.
Did you know that Peace Lilies are one of the most effective household plants for cleaning the air? My lily was originally a gift at a memorial service; you’ve probably either seen them given frequently when someone is sick or needs encouragement. Isn’t that such a beautiful idea–giving something that not only looks lovely but also is helping clean the air at the time of someone’s greatest need? I love that.
NASA did a clean air study to find natural ways to purify air in space stations. The Peace Lily was found to be effective in filtering benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene out of the air. Plus, like all good plants, they recycle the carbon dioxide into oxygen.
This plant is usually in our downstairs kitchen/dining/living area. But if someone is sick and I want a boost of clean air, I’ll move the plant to that person’s room.
Himalayan Salt Lamps are becoming increasingly common to find in your local stores and online. Bonus: they’re relatively inexpensive! In addition to improving air quality (although the Peace Lily is much more effective), they offer a warm orange glow that’s effective for color therapy, and they create negative ions which counteract positive ions produced by electronics and cellular devices. The Wellness Mama has an excellent post about the benefits of the lamp, so instead of rehashing her research, just check out this article: 4 Important Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits for Your Home.
Another great way to clear the air in your home is to simply open the windows. I realize that the level of effectiveness is determined by your outside environment. Here in the mountains, our air quality outside far exceeds our indoor air quality. But in more urban areas, this may not be the case. Regardless, getting air moving in your home and letting all the smells from chemical cleaners and off-gassing furniture and carpet is important and worth it, even if just for a few minutes. We don’t realize how many airborne toxins are circulating in our home, and if we never open the window, we allow those toxins to build on one another and just recycle through our vents. Let those nasty boogers out and some fresh air in. It only takes a couple of minutes to run from window to window to open them, and it makes a huge difference.
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