According to research, the air inside our homes is often times more polluted than the air we encounter outside the home. Varnishes, paint, and commercial cleaning chemicals are just a few of the items that can contribute to the increased levels of toxins in our homes. But it’s not all gray skies and bad news (thankfully).

There are several steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home, and the good news is that none of them will break the bank.

1. Open windows

One of the simplest things you can do to improve the air quality in your home is to open windows where possible to let in fresh air. With doors and windows closed most of the time poor circulation often results in poor air quality. So get into the habit of leaving windows open when you’re home to let fresh air in.

2. Use Himalayan salt lamps

Himalayan salt lamps are known for doing wonders when it comes to purifying the air in a room. The salt in the lamps attracts moisture so when the lamp is off it pulls moisture from the air. Once the lamp is turned on the lamp emits a soft vapor that helps purify the air using the moisture it collected while off.

3. Use a diffuser and essential oils

Diffusers are a good way to use those essential oils you’ve purchased or are planning to purchase. Using essential oils, diffusers are able to emit soft vapors into a room leaving the air lightly scented. The essential oil you use will determine the additional benefits you will be able to derive from the oil. Peppermint works well as an air freshener while tea tree oil does wonders for combatting mold. For help selecting the right oils for your diffuser read this article.

4. Burn clean candles

Clean burning candles are a much better alternative to traditional paraffin wax candles that can leave more soot and toxins behind. To improve the air quality in your home, consider switching to candles made of beeswax or soy wax. One of our recent articles discusses the specifics you should consider when trying to figure out which candles to buy for your home.

5. Decorate with plants

Plants are a wonderful way of purifying the air in your home, mainly because in addition to improving air quality plants also have the added benefit of improving aesthetics as well. Choose the right plants and you get twice the bang for your buck – fresh air and a beautiful space. Check out this post for some recommendations on what plants to choose for your space.

6. Use air purifiers

Air purifiers are another good choice for improving air quality. As the name suggests, they purify the air by helping to eliminate pollutants and other microorganisms. They are useful for removing allergens, dust mold, dander, second hand smoke, and odors from the air thereby improving its quality.

7. Clean with non-toxic chemicals

Many commercial cleaners – especially aerosols – emit toxic fumes and contain harmful ingredients that only serve to worsen the air quality in the home. What’s worse, many manufacturers don’t even list all the ingredients used. This means you are better off creating your own organic cleaners that freshen the air and clean without leaving harmful toxins behind.

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