Having clean air to breathe is one of the most important foundations for good health.
Unfortunately, many of us are breathing in contaminates every day via the air in our homes and it may have us feeling congested, tired, and not feeling our best!
I wanted to share 7 ways you ways to improve indoor air quality naturally in your home. Many of these things are FREE and oh so simple. I hope you’ll try some of them and reap the benefits!
7 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality Naturally
1. Take your shoes off.
I’m pretty strict about keeping outdoor shoes off in my home and not only does it help me keep our air quality better, it keeps our floors, carpets, and rugs cleaner too! Taking outdoor shoes off when you enter your home can help keep dirt, dust, and other yucky stuff out of your home.
2. Stop using candles, Fabreze and other air “fresheners”.
These smelly “fresheners” and candles just add toxins to your air that can disrupt hormones, cause headaches, and more. Healthier options are diffusing essential oils and this is a safer candle company you can try.
3. Open your windows when possible.
If you really want to freshen up your space, open the windows to let fresh air in! Indoor air is usually more polluted than outdoor air- so if outdoor weather and air quality permit, open the windows for a few minutes every day.
4. Replace air filters regularly.
If you have a HVAC system in your home you’ll need to replace the air filters on a regular basis. It’s something we can forget easily, so set reminders! How often will depend on your home size, if you have pets, and how many people live in your home.
5. Get your vents cleaned out every 1-3 years.
Dirt, dust, mold, and other irritants can get trapped in your air ducts. Consider cleaning them out every few years! You can hire companies who have all the equipment and know-how to clean the air vents and keep everything running smoothly.
6. Vacuum and dust often.
Carpets and rugs can trap contaminants, dust, and toxins that harm our health and reduce air quality. Vacuuming often (preferably with a vacuum that has a HEPA filter) can help keep your home tidy and indoor air clean. Dust that settles on surfaces in your home can also contain toxic contaminants so wet dusting often (with a non-toxic cleaner of course!) is the best way to reduce exposure.
7. Adopt some air cleaning plants.
House plants not only bring joy and a nice pop of green into your home, they can also clean the air! Pretty much all plants clean the air in some way, but these are approved by NASA as some of the best:
More good news? Most of these plants are easy to take care of, many do well in low light, and some like the snake, pathos, and spider plant are difficult to kill!
Wrapping it Up
I hope you found these ways to improve indoor air quality naturally helpful! If you want to take it a step further I highly recommend getting a high quality air filter. Air Doctor is the air filter I trust most! I currently have two in my home- one in our living area/kitchen and one in our bedroom. You can read my full review here.
Healthy air is so important for overall health, healing, and wellbeing. It’s worth taking the time to make the air in your home as clean as possible!