Do you know that the air inside your home can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air?

Or that your air fresheners may be harming you?

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What do you do to keep yourself and your loved ones healthy?

Some go for regular health check-ups or load up on vitamins and other health supplements. Others prefer to go for their regular runs or to work out at the gym.

However, you may be neglecting the most vital and basic thing for living – the quality of the indoor air that you breathe.

Beware of Sick Building Syndrome

As city dwellers and office workers, many of us spend a hefty portion of our time indoors. Studies have shown that the quality of indoor air can be 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor environments.

This could lead to what is known as the sick building syndrome – a condition whereby occupants of a building experience acute health or comfort-related effects. Often, such illnesses are related to the inadequate filtering of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses circulating in the environment.

To improve the quality of air in your home or office, you should use the safest and most natural ways possible. Here are 6 ideas that you can consider to purify and cleanse the air which you breathe indoors.

1. Ventilate Your Rooms

Ventilate, not hyperventilate.

Use fresh air to your advantage. The amount of time that allergens and toxins stay in the air depends on how quickly fresh air enters the room, so make sure you open your windows and doors to air your home or office at least once a day.

Ceiling fans may also help improve the overall ventilation of your home, as well as cool the air. Be sure to also turn on the exhaust fans when cooking to reduce the amount of chemicals and mould building up in your kitchen.

2. Say ‘no’ to VOCs

Everyday chores such as cooking, cleaning, or even polishing your nails can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are toxic to our lungs and are linked to a variety of health issues.

They are found in many commonly used products such as building materials and furnishings, insecticides, aerosol products, paint thinners, and even moth balls, deodorizers and air fresheners. To reduce your exposure to these toxins, try to only buy products that contain low-VOCs or no VOCs.

3. Clean air-con filters regularly

Did you know that the air filter in your air-conditioning system can help cleanse indoor air?

While the filter may not be fine enough to capture airborne allergens such as pollen, smoke, and mould, it should still help to capture bigger particles such as dirt and dust.

But there is a caveat to this. Regular cleaning of such filters is crucial in the battle for clean air. Clogged air filters must work harder to generate airflow and, in turn, use up more energy and be less effective in cleaning the air. The same principle goes for every filter-based purifier you have in the home.

If the air situation is particularly bad, such as during the haze or high-pollen season, the filter will also require more washing or replacement.

Air fresheners and deodorizing products may contain more harmful substances than you realise. Some air fresheners actually release VOCs into the air.

4. Use indoor plants

Plants are purifiers provided by Mother Nature herself. Try some of these houseplants to help filter toxins from the air in your home or office:

  • Orchids – Orchids may look attractive but they don’t need much attention at all. Just minimal water and lots of sunlight. They help to filter xylene, a pollutant found in glues and paints. What’s more, orchids give off oxygen at night so you can even place them in the bedroom.
  • Palms – Palms are hardy and easy to grow. They filter toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide.
  • Philodendrons – These leafy plants are very easy to care for and need very little attention. They filter xylene, a toxin found in glues and leathers.
  • Aloe Vera – Aloe is known for its medicinal uses like relieving burns and cuts, but it also helps to filter formaldehyde, which is commonly emitted by the resin used in particle-boards.

5. Don’t use air fresheners or deodorizing products

Air fresheners and deodorizing products may contain more harmful substances than you realise. Some air fresheners actually release VOCs into the air.

Rather than trying to mask odours in the home, you should try to eliminate the source of the odours. One good way to naturally eliminate odour in shoes, bedding or even a burnt oven is to sprinkle baking soda on them.

Harsh chemical cleaners and detergents may also introduce a variety of chemicals into your air. Try to eliminate as many of these sources from your home as possible and replace them with safer, natural alternatives.

Also, try to avoid using any product that is heavily fragranced, including shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.

New bedding can contain chemicals left over from the manufacturing process. Play safe by washing before use.

6. Wash all new linen

New bedding, upholstery, pillows and even clothing can contain chemicals that are left over from the manufacturing process, so play it safe.

Always wash and air out new sheets, blankets and towels before using them and allowing your family to use them. Your skin and body will thank you for it.


Purify Your Air Safely and Naturally

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