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Here are some ideas on how to make the air in your home safer.

Indoor Air Quality

Here are some natural ways to help clean your indoor air and some high-tech methods too.

We will start with some relatively low-tech methods and ideas to keep your indoor air cleaner and healthier.

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles act as natural air purifiers. If you love to fill your home with scented candles, avoid paraffin candles, which are petroleum-derived and release benzene, toluene, and soot into the air. Since these candles do more harm than good, opt for beeswax candles that ionize the air and neutralize toxic compounds and other contaminants. 

Pure beeswax candles burn with almost no smoke or scent. They are especially helpful for asthmatics and to remove common allergens like dust from the air.


NASA conducted a study that concluded, “Houseplants can purify and rejuvenate air within our houses and workplaces. Houseplants can help safeguard us from any side effects associated with prevalent toxins like ammonia, formaldehyde, and also benzene.” It’s the best way to counter the impact of pollution indoors, particularly if you have a family member with some respiratory illness.

The best plants to filter toxins from the air are Peace Lily, which prefers moderate sunlight. Another plant that will help is Lady Palm or Broadleaf Lady Palm, which is adaptable but prefers bright, indirect light.

Remove Your Shoes at the Entrance

Take off your shoes! Shoes can carry and track into your home things such as:

  • Dust
  • Dirt
  • Cigarette ash
  • Pesticides
  • Fungal spores
  • Pollen
  • Dust mites, and who knows what else!

To remove your footwear at your doorways has the added benefit of keeping all your flooring cleaner.

Essential Oils

Indoor Air Quality and Essential Oils

In the presence of essential oils like cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, thyme, grapefruit lemon, clove, tea tree – viruses, fungi, bacteria, and even mold cannot survive. Studies from Weber State University show that Thieves Oil has a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria. These oils create an antiseptic that helps keep the home free from germs and help purify the air.

There are many essential oils with antimicrobial properties, and you can use them alone or in a combination of oils. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Eucalyptus/Lavender – smells good and helps you relax, too!
  • Eucalyptus/Geranium
  • Eucalyptus/Lemon
  • Eucalyptus/Lemon/Thyme
  • Lavender/Geranium/Lemon
  • Clove/Cinnamon/Thyme
  • Tea Tree/Lemon

Now A High-Tech Option – Air Purifiers

Indoor Air Quality and Air Filters

We researched a few articles and feel that this one provides a good range of ideas and brings in science but does not get too technical or scientific.

In this article, the author explains two different types of air purifiers – filters and sanitizers. Some purifiers may contain both functions.

These devices will help people who have allergies. The sanitizer purifiers will also reduce the number of bacteria, viruses, and mold that may be floating in your indoor air.

This article also provides some information about whether air purifiers can filter out or sanitize the COVID-19 virus. If you gain insights on this important topic, then this adds to the value of this article.  Click on the link below.

Can air purifiers protect you from COVID-19?

Upper Valley Home Cleaning

If you need some general home cleaning help, then A Clean Vision can be the solution. We have been helping Upper Valley homeowners keep their homes clean since 1993! Give us a call at (802) 295-6065.