Green ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality

Looking for healthy solutions for a cleaner home? Here are some green ways you can improve your indoor air quality.

With more time spent at home this year, people have started paying more attention to their living spaces. Not only are we redecorating and renovating our houses, but we’re also exerting more effort and spending more money to keep our homes clean and germ-free.

According to recent data, spending on cleaning products has increased by 34% since February, while sales of disinfectants and antiseptics went up by 61%. Cleaning our homes can help to protect us against viruses and infection, but it’s also important to take active steps to purify our indoor air.

Having good air quality can promote better health and wellbeing, and it can also help to make our home environment a lot more comfortable while we’re staying in. Here are a few eco-friendly ways to improve your home’s indoor air quality.

Use a natural air purifier

If you think your indoor air is perfectly fine, think again. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air in our homes can carry different type of contaminants, which include bacteria, viruses, mites, pollen, and animal dander and saliva.

Not only can these contaminants cause allergic reactions, but they can also cause health symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, and digestive problems, among others. To purify your air and get rid of these contaminants you may want to invest in an air purifier for allergies or use a natural and sustainable air purifier such as bamboo charcoal purifier bags.  

These can trap and ionize contaminants to keep your indoor air fresh and clean, and they don’t need electricity or batteries to work. Simply place a bag in every room to eliminate odors and contaminants, and leave it under direct sunlight for an hour at least once a month to reactivate it. 

Bring in some live plants

Potted plants are big this year, as many individuals have become plant parents to trendy plants such as the Monstera Deliciosa and the fiddle leaf fig. Not only do they bring a relaxing, spa-like vibe into your home, but they can also help to clean your indoor air in a natural way.

Certain plants work better to purify the air, so choose potted snake plants, English Ivy, spider plants, rubber plants, peace lilies, or Boston fern when adding greenery to your indoor space. 

Use organic or DIY cleaning products

Using harsh chemicals to clean your home can have a negative effect on your health, especially if you use disinfectants and cleansers with ammonia, formaldehyde, or sodium hydroxide.

Most conventional cleaning products contain these ingredients, so opt for organic cleaning agents, or make your own using the things that you have in the kitchen. For instance, lemon juice can be used to clean and degrease countertops and stovetops, and it also works well as a glass cleaner.

Meanwhile, baking soda can be used as an all-purpose cleaner, while a vinegar and water solution can cut through grime and eliminate most household bacteria without compromising indoor air quality.
Having good indoor air quality can be beneficial for your overall wellbeing.

Try these tips to purify your indoor air and enjoy breathing in clean and fresh air while you’re at home.