Chemical-free ways to purify the air in your home

Updated: May 31, 2020

As I’m writing this, we are still amidst a global pandemic and many people are stuck indoors. I thought, what better timing to write about air quality in our homes than when we are spending so much time inside of them!

You spend so much time in your home, so ensuring the air quality is pure and safe is essential to your overall health.

Check out a few of the ways I purify the air in my home, naturally!

Indoor Plants

Many houseplants have been found to filter the air of harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene, to name a few. Houseplants are typically low-maintenance, so if you, like me, have a “black thumb” (aka- you kill any plant you own) then these are great for you! I have a pothos plant in my bedroom. Other popular houseplants are the snake plant, dracaena, and the spider plant.

Essential Oils

Diffusing essential oils not only purifies the air, but they smell great, too! Essential oils offer a myriad of health benefits- I love diffusing citrus oils to purify the air during the day (such as lemon, grapefruit and orange) and then I diffuse lavender and eucalyptus oil while I sleep. You always want to use a cold diffuser and don’t heat the oils because they lose many of their antibacterial and antimicrobial properties when heated. Not all essential oils are created equal- go for therapeutic- grade or “food grade” essential oils to ensure they are safe for you and your family.

Beeswax Candles

Throw out your paraffin candles- those things release contaminants when they are burning! (I seriously can’t believe the FDA still allows companies to sell paraffin candles… but I digress). Beeswax burns clean and has actually been shown to clean the air as it burns. Beeswax produces negative ions when it burns, and those ions neutralize pollutants in the air. Beeswax also burns