The air inside our homes can often be more polluted than the air outside. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies have found that indoor air pollution levels can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoors. Poor indoor air quality can cause or exacerbate a variety of health problems, including allergies, respiratory illnesses, headaches, and fatigue. Fortunately, there are many simple and effective ways to improve the air quality in your home. In this post, I’ll take a look at some natural ways to freshen the air in your home. Let’s dive in.
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The natural ways to freshen the air in your home
1. Open your windows
The first thing you should do when you want to freshen up the air in your home is to open your windows. This will allow fresh air to circulate and get rid of any stuffy odors. If it’s cold outside, open the windows for a few minutes each day to let the fresh air in. You can also open your windows when you’re cooking or after showering to help clear out any smells and mugginess
2. Using essential oils
Essential oils can be used in a variety of ways to improve indoor air quality. One popular method is using a diffuser to disperse essential oil molecules into the air. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of boiling water and allow the steam to bring the fragrance into the room. Or try placing a few drops on a cotton ball and placing it near an open window or ventilation duct.
Some popular essential oils for promoting healthy breathing include eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, and frankincense oil. Test out different essential oil combinations until you find one that you enjoy. You can also vary the fragrance intensity by adjusting the amount of oil you use. Just be sure not to overload your diffuser or boiling water so that the scent isn’t overwhelming.
3. Keep houseplants
According to a study by NASA, houseplants are great natural air purifiers. They actually help purify the air by absorbing harmful toxins like carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. Some of my favorite air-purifying plants include bamboo palms, pothos, snake plants, spider plants, Aloe Vera, and peace lily. Just make sure to keep them healthy by watering them regularly and giving them enough light.
4. Make your potpourri
Potpourri is a great way to freshen the air in your home. And add a pleasant scent to your home without using synthetic fragrances or candles. To make your own, start with a base of dried citrus peel, herbs, flowers, or spices (think lavender, rosemary, cinnamon, or clove). Then add a few drops of essential oil for extra fragrance if desired. Place everything in a small bowl or glass jar and enjoy the lovely scent as it wafts through your home.
5. Baking soda
Baking soda is not just for baking! This versatile ingredient can also be used to absorb odors and freshen the air in your home. Just place an open box of baking soda in any room that could use a little refreshment—the bathroom, laundry room, or even the refrigerator!
Learn More: How to Make Your House Smell Good Naturally