Many of us have been living at home more than ever for the past few months. As a result, we’ve been more worried about airborne diseases, smoke, gas, and other contaminants. Even if a virus isn’t your main concern, you may be more cognizant now of keeping the air in your home clean, if for no other reason than you and your family’s comfort.

However, many air cleaning methods require chemicals that do more harm than good. This list of 8 suggestions should help you learn how to clean the air in your house without these products. I’ve included high-end machines as well as cheap DIY solutions to air purification so that you can make yourself and your family safer (and more comfortable) on any budget.


1.   Air Purifier

Air purifiers may be the most expensive suggestion on this list, but they’re a must for people who have family members with compromised immune systems, breathing problems, or a desire for the highest level of cleanliness possible.

Air purifiers reduce smoke and particulate contamination in your air at the same time that they refresh the air in your home so that it never tastes stale. Since airborne contaminants can cause infections, asthma, allergies, or even neurological problems, machines such as the affordable and efficient PARTU HEPA Air Purifier can make your home healthier and cleaner without a hassle.


2.   Carbon Monoxide Awareness

Carbon monoxide is poisonous despite being odorless. Those who have been exposed may have flu symptoms (this includes your pets) and may not even know they need medical attention. Houses with fuel-burning appliances and indoor garages are particularly susceptible.

Install carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping rooms to ensure that this isn’t a problem with the air in your home. Use common sense when parking in your indoor garage and don’t leave the car idling for too long. This is an easy way to build up carbon monoxide pollution in your house.


3.   Ventilate

Ventilation can improve the air in your home at little or no cost. Simply opening a window or installing exhaust fans in bathrooms and other problem areas can improve the air in your home. Water vapor from cooking, showering, and other activities can lead to mold growth if your home isn’t properly ventilated. And mold affects the air in your home, triggering allergies and causing coughs.

Promoting adequate ventilation can prevent these issues and improve the air quality in your home.


4.   Buy Plants

Some potted plants can improve air quality in your home with little effort on your part. Peace lilies, philodendrons, and devil’s ivy are three plants that are known to remove toxins like formaldehyde from your home, just by growing and looking beautiful. They grow well in pots and hanging baskets while they keep your family safe.


5.   Essential Oils

Essential oils have stress-relieving properties, but they can also fight bacteria in the air when used with a diffuser. In addition, they can be added to skin care products or household cleaners for cleansing effects. Use oils like tree oil, clove, and eucalyptus to fight dust mites and airborne bacteria at the same time you battle your stress levels.


6.   Leave Your Shoes Outside

It’s part of Japanese culture to leave your shoes at the door, partly to preserve a difference between the stress of work and the peace of home. However, there’s a reason backed by science to keep your shoes out of the house and it has to do with air quality. Outside in the world, soil, water, and streets have trace amounts of pesticides, bacteria, fungi, feces, and other contaminants that piggyback on your shoes. Even pollen can come in and cloud your air with allergy-causing dust.


7.   Ditch Chemical Cleaners

Many of us poison the air in our homes with chemicals that come blended into common cleaners. We don’t even realize that when we clean our sinks, counters, bathtubs, floors, and other surfaces that we’re polluting the air at the same time!

These toxins can irritate your throat and eyes, but healthy alternatives can relieve you just as quickly. Simple DIY cleaning products made of vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and water can clean just as well as store-bought cleaners with none of the side effects.


8.   Use Your AC

Air conditioning systems offer basic air purification just by running. By cycling the air out of your house and back in, it passes through a filter. This can keep your air fresh, so long as make sure to regularly change the filter.


The Takeaway

These 8 healthy suggestions should help you clean the air in your house without the use of chemical cleaners. Whether you buy an air purifier for someone with compromised sinuses or simply switch to natural cleaners, these strategies can cheaply and effectively help you keep a clean house on any budget.