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Indoor Air Purifying Hacks

By Sara Butler

The indoor air quality of your home probably isn't as great as you think it is. That's because for most people, household products, gases such as carbon monoxide, pollen, mold, and smoke make their indoor air quality poor -- something that can lead to illness.

Fancy indoor air purifiers are nice and can be a good solution, but they're not everyone's cup of tea. Mostly because they're so expensive. Luckily, there are some low-cost, natural, and easy ways you can improve your indoor air quality. Here are a few you may want to try.

Plants

There are some plants that have been proven to remove harmful chemicals such as benzene and formaldehyde from the air. Seriously, NASA did a whole study on it! The snake plant, peace lily, and ZZ plant (also called Zamioculcas zamiifolia) are low maintenance and have been proven to help improve indoor air quality. Other purifying plants include rubber plants, the lady palm, and areca palm. To make a significant impact, you probably need about 15 to 18 plants for a 2,000 square foot space.

So, when in doubt, add a plant!

Dust and Vacuum Frequently

Nothing will help to improve indoor air quality quite like good old fashioned elbow grease. Dander and dust that settles around your home can be easily eliminated by dusting surfaces regularly and vacuuming carpets, where these things tend to accumulate.

Reduce Flames

You may love a good candle or enjoy smudging your home with some sage every now and again, but you should limit both if you want to improve indoor air quality. Burning anything, even candles made for your home introduces chemicals into the air that aren't very healthy for you. If you think you simply can't give up your candle habit, then look for beeswax candles over paraffin-based ones. Studies have shown that beeswax is better than any petroleum-based candle products for your health. Also, consider what the wick is made of since many can contain heavy metals such as lead that are released into the air when burnt.

Open Up Your Windows

Simply opening up the windows in your home for a bit can keep air circulating and fresh, flushing out irritants and pollutants in the process. That is, of course, if the outside air is safe to breathe. Make sure to check your daily weather report to see how high pollutants and pollens will be that day before you throw them open.

Indoor air quality is something everyone should be concerned about. Take steps to make yours better!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sterling, Va.

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