Now that we all have to be home, making sure the air we breathe is clean is of tantamount importance. Without realizing it, some of the everyday products we use inside and outside the house can bring the virus in or otherwise "contaminate" it.
Take care of yourself, and your family by using these simple tips to clean the air you breathe at home.
1. OPEN THE WINDOWS
It is the easiest way to improve air quality indoors. Open them even for 5 minutes, and the earlier you do it in the morning, the fresher and purer the air will be. Opening windows, and circulating new air, will reduce the concentration of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) present in cleaning products and even cosmetics, which remain in the air after we use them.
2. GET INDOOR PLANTS
Indoor plants do not just purify the air, they are great decoration and boost our mood, too. It's a triple whammy! Certain plants, such as Palo do Brasil, Gerbera, and Ficus, are so effective that it has been shown that they can eliminate toxic agents such as Benzene, Formaldehyde, and Trichloroethylene.
Sound too good to be true? We truly can't make this stuff up, it's in a NASA study!
Here are some places you can shop for plants online!
3. USE YOUR A/C
Fortunately, for those of us who live in Florida or other hot areas, having central air conditioning is typically commonplace. It also means that we have an air filtration system at our fingertips. Most of these systems use a filter that traps particles. Make sure you are changing the filter frequently!
To get the most out of it, double it up with some Spa. Spa is our home perfume made with 100% Eucalyptus and Mint essential oils. When dispersed through the A/C, the disinfecting and antimicrobial properties of these essential oils* will reach every nook and cranny of your home where the air is circulating.
4. READ LABELS
It is common to use products that are harmful to us without knowing, especially when they're marketed to do the opposite. These effects, however, negate the health and calming results we seek. Make sure your candles are not made from petroleum derivatives like paraffin. Burning paraffin can lead to serious health problems over time, in addition to causing the air in our house to become excessively polluted.
5. USE NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
Cleaning right now is extremely important, and it's also likely happening more often. Whenever possible, substitute harsh cleaning chemicals with other, equally effective and natural products. To fight against grime us white vinegar, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide. Don't forget that there are certain essential oils, such as eucalyptus, mint, or lemongrass, that are proven to have antibacterial and fungicidal properties.* These essential oils are powerful allies when added to household cleaners -- they help clean, and they smell amazing! If you'd rather not add them to cleaners, consider using them in your humidifier or diffuser to disinfect (and fragrantly invigorate) the air.