Do you know that you can actually purify the air without an air purifier?
I’m sure by now we know the benefits of clean air to our living.
If you happened to missed that, do check out my entry on the benefits of clean air.
As we all know, air purifiers can be one expensive device for certain families and due to that, I had compiled a list of actionable steps that you can take to purify the air without an air purifier.
7 Actionable Steps You Can Take Now
#1. Clean your home regularly
No doubt about this.
The best way to ensure that your air is clean is the foundation of ensuring your home is clean.
To get started, you will need a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter which is capable of removing 99.97% of particles that are greater than or equal to 0.3 micrometers surrounding you.
Once you are done with all the vacuum work, you should wipe the floor and household items.
If you still find your home air is not clean, you can consider wiping the wall as well.
Remember that the foundation to keep your air clean is to keep your house clean first.
#2. Increase ventilation
No, I don’t mean opening your windows here.
If you are staying in certain Asia countries with high air pollution rates, it is even more advisable not to open your windows.
Instead, what I mean here is to install a trickle vent where this small hole at the top of your window will allow natural clean air into your home and send polluted air out from your home.
It is not rocket science and again, you can find these trickle vents from Amazon as well.
#3. Shoes Off at the Main Door
Do you know how much dirt your shoe can bring to your home?
The shoe that wears outside could possibly step on mud, dirt, cigarettes, you name it.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of wearing shoes at home and even if I want to wear a shoe at home, it will be a separate shoe or slipper.
Hence, I strongly discourage shoes at home and you should place them at your main door.
#4. Power Up Air Conditioning
Air conditioning is not just function to cool your surrounding temperature, but it also helps to circulate clean air.
If you find your home air is kind of contaminated, you can try powering up your air conditioning and see if the situation gets better.
One note to take is that you will need to ensure the filter of your air conditioning is clean in order for it to clean your surrounding air.
#5. Stop Smoking Inside
This is common sense.
Smoking produced polluted air and if you are doing it inside your home, you have a long way to get clean air.
Therefore, just take your smoking activity outside your house and it is encouraged to do it far far away.
This applies to your family members and your guests as well.
#6. Get Rid of Your Carpet
If you are a carpet lover, you have to know that they are a toxic sponges and you should clean them often.
Even worse if you have a carpet at the door, that particular piece should be clean all the time.
Another consideration is to replace that with a doormat.
There is a finding from an EPA study is that you could potentially reduce 60% of the dust and chemicals at your home simply by using a doormat and not wearing shoes at home.
#7. Clean All Your Filters
The filters of your air conditioning, heating, and ventilation help to trap dust and chemicals.
If the filter itself is already dirty and unable to further absorb these chemicals, there is no way it will help you to further clean your surrounding air.
Therefore, open up all your electrical stuff that has filters in it and start cleaning them.
5 More Natural Ways to Clean Your Surrounding Air
#8. Beewax Candles
One of the natural ways to purify the air is to use Beeswax candles.
This method will fill your home with scented candles which can be uncomfortable to certain individuals.
However, if you are comfortable with the smell, it can be very helpful to your health as it does not only improve the air quality but also remove certain chemicals such as dust from the air.
#9. Salted Lamps
Another great natural air purifier is Himalayan salted lamps.
How these lamp works are that it will absorb water and particles from the air and then utilize the heat from the salted lamp to release cleansed water vapor back into the air.
On top of that, it can also function as decoration at home since the orange glow can be quite interesting looking.
Even though it is needed to be turned on in order for it to work effectively, you will be surprised that the whole works as well when it is turned off.
Activated charcoal is one of my favorite methods to get rid of bad smells.
It is very absorptive where it can eliminate toxins from the air and best of all, it is odorless.
As a result, it can function not only as an air purifier but also by removing bad small around your surrounding.
One of the ways to purify the air is to make use of plants and particularly for this is houseplants.
According to NASA’s study, it is stated that “Houseplants can purify and rejuvenate air within our houses and workplaces, safeguarding us from any side effects associated with prevalent toxins like ammonia, formaldehyde and also benzene.”
If you are a big fan of a houseplant or home deco activities, you are encouraged to put at least one plant at every 100 square feet of your home for the efficiency of cleaning the air.
#12. Essential Oils
Essential oils are made from distilled or pressed from the leaves, stems, roots, or other parts of aromatic plants.
It is one powerful natural way to purity air where the presence of it could eliminate bacteria and mold.
On top of that, it is also found to be useful for allergies and upper respiratory tract infections.
It is also shown from studies from Weber State University that Thieves Oil has a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria.
The thing about essential oil is that it has a scent and might not be suitable for everyone.
It is not necessary to invest in an expensive air purifier to clean the air at home.
Besides, even if you have an air purifier at home, you should also consider the 7 actionable steps as having a cleaner environment helps your air purifier to do the job better.
Let me know if you have tried these methods to purify the air without an air purifier at home below.