20 Natural Ways To Purify Your Indoor Air that Work

Is toxic indoor air choking your airways and making your respiratory system vulnerable?

Considering buying an air purifier to combat this invisible “air pollution”?

If you are looking to ‘Purify indoor air naturally’, you are in the right place.  In this blog, you will get 20 easy tips to make your indoor air toxin-free.

20 Natural Ways to Purify Your Indoor Air

Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp

Himalayan pink salt works as a natural air purifier by drawing from the indoor air and neutralizing them.

Most of the salt crystal products squeeze water vapor out of the indoor air and reduce airborne bacteria, pathogens, and allergens in the process.

You should keep a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp in your room, at your work desk to breathe toxin-free air. It adds a beautiful countryside effect to your home interiors.

The Himalayan salt lamp can naturally glow without disrupting your sleep quality. The lamps remain effective even when turned off because of their built-in salt crystal.

Beeswax Candles

All candles have a soothing fragrance, right?

Wrong!

Only candles made from beeswax are natural and help purify your indoor air too!

If the aroma of scented candles mesmerizes you, select one with zero paraffin and contains no petroleum and VOCs.

Paraffin wax candles releases toxic chemicals like toluene, benzene, and soot into the indoor air. It is best to stay away from them.

Instead of these artificially fragranced candles, light beeswax candles daily and keep air pollution at bay.

Beeswax candles work as great ionizers to neutralize airborne contaminants and toxic elements.

Apart from improving indoor air quality, they burn slowly, so they need fewer replacements. High-quality and pure beeswax candles are scent or smoke-free.

Houseplants

Houseplants are the smartest solution to indoor air pollution challenges.

Even NASA recommends them!

People having respiratory conditions are most benefitted by keeping indoor plants. You have to take care of different lighting and water requirements of the houseplant varieties.

NASA’s findings suggest that houseplants can purify and revitalize the air within our home and office by eliminating potent VOCs like formaldehyde, ammonia, and benzene.

You should ideally keep a houseplant at 100 SqFt of your home to receive the maximum air-purifying effect.

The most effective toxin-removal houseplants are Broad-Leaf Palm and Lady Palm, which thrives in bright and filtered light. Peace Lily comes a close second, which prefers moderate lighting conditions.

The Golden Cane Palm, Bamboo Palm, or the Butterfly Palm, grow well in filtered, indirect light and can be kept anywhere your house. You should ideally place them in the recently painted or carpeted rooms.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal, popularly known as activated carbon, is a powerful indoor air purifying tool.

It’s loaded with high absorptive properties and has no odor.

Activated charcoal helps remove toxins from indoor air by absorbing it and helps you breathe fresh air.

Proper Ventilation

Having proper ventilation in your house is crucial in keeping the air pollution at bay.

Instead of keeping your windows open for hours, we recommend you to install trickle vents to recycle and purify the stale indoor air.

Install exhaust fans in the kitchen and restrooms to remove bad smells and push airborne contaminants out of your home.

Most of us like a hot shower in winter, make sure you vent the excess moisture out as it can trigger mildew and mold growth.

You should make sure the kitchen is adequately ventilated with chimney or exhaust fan in place. Your cooking stove emits enough Nitrogen Dioxide to elevate indoor air pollution level multifold.

Essential Oils

Looking for natural air fresheners?

Essentials oils can help.

You can diffuse essential oils or topically use it as suggested by doctors to eliminate fungi, bacteria, mold, and viruses. The ones popular with strong air-purifying properties are cinnamon, oregano, rosemary, grapefruit, clove, thyme, lemon, and tea-tree.

Recent studies from Webster State University have revealed that Thieves oil, a perfect antiseptic blend of raw essential oils like cinnamon, pine needle, eucalyptus, thyme, grapefruit, and lemon, has over 99.96% kill rate of airborne viruses and bacteria.

You can add a few drops of it to detergents and soaps to make it chemical-free and natural.

Want to your rooms to be germ-free? Put a few drops of Thieves oil to a large bowl with lukewarm water and let it sit for hours to treat indoor air naturally.

Keep Shoes Outside

Develop the practice of taking your shoes off while entering your home. The dirt carried by your shoe sole can have fungi, pesticides, pollen, feces, and harmful bacteria.

When you walk inside the house with your shoes on, you supposedly carry a host of deadly diseases.

Taking them off when you come inside will not only keep your floors clean and germ-free but indoor air toxin-free as well.

Keep Your Pets Well-Groomed

Pet dander – the microscopic skin flecks can leave its mark everywhere in a house with pets.

It can be the precursor of different chronic diseases like asthma and other acute respiratory syndromes.

Frequent exposure to it can worsen your already existing asthma.

Regular cleaning of your pets and brushing off their dead skin cells outdoors can make your home dander-free. You should also clean your furnishings or floors at regular intervals with a HEPA-based vacuum cleaner.

Keep the AC On

If your home is centrally air-conditioned, a whole-house air filtration process is already functioning to control the pollutants.

A powerful AC sucks air with extra moisture out of the indoor environment, cools, and pumps it back in. You need to change its filter regularly to ensure it keeps on trapping and filtering airborne particles effectively.

The more you replace it, its lifespan increases.

Before buying an AC, thoroughly research on the brand, compare with other brands with similar features, and read filter-change guidelines.

Go for Organic or Natural DIY Cleaners

Did you know that a majority of the store-bought floor and tile cleaners carry VOCs and other toxic chemicals?

Regular exposure to such toxicity can irritate your lung, windpipe, throat, eye, and nose.

It’s safer to make your own DIY home cleaners using natural ingredients like baking soda, citrus juice, essential oils, and vinegar. If you want to buy them – check the SAFE Label ones here.

Get a HEPA Air Purifier

These can effectively trap toxic airborne particles, purify the air, and release in the home environment.

If your child has a chronic cough, asthma, or other respiratory conditions, you should definitely install one. Check EPA’s guide to find out the right one for your home. Here are 7 tips to buy an air purifier.

Want an air purifier for smoke? Check out how you can choose the right one for cigarette smoke, wildfire or secondhand smoke here.

Bust Mold

Check for mold in the damp areas of your home.

This deadly fungus releases a specific microorganism, known as mold spore, that can cause chronic allergies.

Mold thrives in wet and dark places with excess moisture like your laundry room, bathroom, or basement.

Instead of bleaching them away, take these 5 steps to eliminate mold with zero chemicals.

Air Your New Furniture

Air out your brand-new furniture.

Newly purchased furniture contain VOCs or volatile organic compound which can stay airborne for a long time.

Chemicals such as benzene and toluene are commonly found in paints, glues, fabrics, building and construction materials, and many more.

Be aware of this fact while buying an armchair or sofa, safeguard yourself from possible VOC exposure. It will taper off after getting released heavily for a few days.

Use your garage to store newly bought furniture at-least a week till its VOC effect dies down. When you bring the furniture inside, keep the windows open for a few months for better air circulation.

Use Cooking Oils with Higher Smoke Points

Cooking oils with higher smoke points are preferred to avoid the concentration of airborne contaminants.

Cooking oils generating fume in lower temperatures can fill your kitchen with smoke and lasting smell of burnt oil.

The smell floats through your house and triggers persistent cough, headaches, and other respiratory syndromes.

So which ones should you choose?

Extra virgin olive oil generates lower smoke compared to peanut, safflower, avocado, corn, sunflower, and canola oil.

If you like the olive oil taste, you can use the refined or lighter version of it. It has a smoke point of 486 degrees Fahrenheit higher than 410 degrees for extra virgin olive oil.

Get Bamboo Charcoal

Charcoal is gaining popularity for its increased use of purifying water and making beauty products for skin nourishment.

Charcoal has also been used for cleaning indoor air by removing toxins. Moso air purifying bags are linen made and filled with bamboo charcoal with high density.

Charcoals can absorb excess moisture from indoor air and prevent mildews or mold from spreading in your home.

Its porous structure helps it to trap viruses, bacteria, and other airborne particles and make your indoor air clean.

Energize your bamboo charcoal by putting the bag under direct sunlight once in every month. You can find different varieties of Moso bags in Amazon.

Ditch your Carpet

Do you want to give a touch of grandeur in your interior by placing a wall-to-wall carpet?

Reconsider your decision as it may release VOCs and toxins in the indoor air without your knowledge.

Chemicals used to manufacture carpets may emit volatile organic compounds such as formaldehyde in its off-gassing process.

VOCs are released in high percentage at the time of fitting the carpet on the floor. It will keep on releasing low levels of VOCs for many years.

Apart from that, carpets trap dirt, dander, and dust mites as well.

If carpets stimulate your aesthetic sense, go for plastic-lined carpets instead of linen ones as they make it harder of pollutants or strains to penetrate.

Prefer Low-VOC Paints

Paints keep emitting toxic gases for months after its application. It may appear to be completely dry and smell-free, yet the toxicity doesn’t fully go away.

These are volatile organic compounds or VOCs containing harmful chemicals like acetaldehyde or formaldehyde.

Go for “low-VOC” paints, waxes, varnishes, and other less-toxic chemicals.

Keep windows open to shunt out the smell and use exhaust fans to get rid of toxic gases.

Never leave the paint containers open as its strong smell may irritate your respiratory system.

Fix Leaks ASAP

Fix leaky pipes or water outlets to stop mold from spreading.

Rainy session with humidity can add excess moisture in the indoor air, which may trigger mildew and mold.

Dampness without mold is also harmful to your health as it increases the risk of coughing, wheezing, and aggravate asthma symptoms.

Get your building foundation, basement, backyard, bathroom, kitchen, and basement thoroughly inspected to catch leaky points and excess moisture.

If you find water logging or dripping in any of these areas, fix it immediately.

Kick Dust Mites Away

The accumulation of dust mites triggers dust allergies.

These tiny pests survive and thrive in excess moisture. They live in pillows, mattresses, bedding, stuffed toys, carpets, and upholstery and feed on our skin.

Try the below steps to fight and thwart dust mites:

  • Use a dehumidifier to control humidity levels and keep it less than 50%
  • Steam clean and vacuum your furniture.
  • Replace linen carpets or padded rugs with plastic-lined ones or colorful straw mats.
  • Use dust-mite-proof bed covers and wash them in hot water regularly.

Slay Second-hand Smoke

Smoke from tobacco products such as Cigar, Cigarette and others are one of the biggest contributors in making air impure in a home. Second-hand smoke is the amount of smoke inhaled by non-smokers.

You are affected by it, even if you don’t smoke.

The moment you come in contact with a smoker, you are affected.

Just have a dedicated place for smoking in your home. It could be the porch or the sit out area. Basically any area that’s well-ventilated.

Key Takeaways

“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” – Lao Tzu.

You should follow the same principle in cleaning your home air.

Start slow, take baby steps to make your home clean and fresh.

SO, which one tip did you try? Let me know in the comments below.

10 Air Purifying Indoor Plants for Your Home (They are Feng Shui friendly too!)

Do you know that Feng shui and air purifying indoor plants are closely connected?

Indoor plants add beautiful colors to your home décor, purifies indoor air by eliminating toxicity, and harness positive Chi in your home.

Once you get these precious gifts of nature into your home, you actually start practicing Feng shui!

Why Air Purifying Indoor Plants are Good for You

Various scientific studies have proven that air quality and plants have great co-relation, which is undeniable. NASA tested a few air-purifying house plants to measure their air-purifying capacity in 1989.

The NASA study reinforced that houseplants play a significant role in purifying indoor air.

Since childhood, many of us have grown up being environment-conscious and plant lovers. Unlike our ancestors, we spend most of our time indoors without having any exposure to nature and fresh air.

Fortunately, indoor houseplants are a great solution to this problem. They eliminate toxins from indoor air and attract positive life force energy (nature qi) into our home air.

Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants as per Feng Shui

The majority of the air purifying indoor plants thrive in well-drained and moist soil.

Remember to check the excess moisture in your potting soil before watering. Overwatering may cause root-rot and shortening the lifespan of your plant.

In this blog, I share my favorite indoor plants that help purify your indoor air while harnessing Feng shui’s energy at the same time.

Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

We love pothos because they are less fussy and require low maintenance.

You can easily care for these beautiful, hard-to-kill houseplants. Pothos won the hearts of millions of plant lovers because of its forgiving nature and beautiful heart-shaped leaves.

A touch on those glossy and colorful leaves will rejuvenate your senses and fill your heart with kindness. You can easily cascade the slender branches of your pothos from a hanging basket.

Keeping this lovely plant on or above your eye level invites positive wood energy in your home.

Light: Moderate to low. It survives in indirect light

Water: Let the pothos soil dry out between watering.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)

Z.Z. is popularly known as the plant of eternity or emerald palm. It has a striking appearance with long branches, waxy and thick leaves.

This plant is highly tolerant of droughts as its stems can hold plenty of water for it to survive.

The ZZ plant is an ideal choice if you are a newbie houseplant keeper. It adds green shades to your home and is considered auspicious for new beginnings (Zen).

It will harness positive energy to help you sustain and shine through the difficult times.

Light: Moderate to bright indirect light is ideal for your ZZ’s growth. It can tolerate and survive in low light.

Water: Allow its soil to dry between the period of watering.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree (Ficus lyrata)

If you want to experience the fascinating journey of a houseplant, go for Ficus Lyrata or Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree.

Its finicky nature will teach you kindness, compassion, patience, and love for something outside your comfort zone.

The fiddle leaf fig tree also imparts wisdom if you open your mind and senses to it. You will need to provide regular care and constant attention to your fussy green partner.

It will thrive in the right amount of watering, sunlight, and T.L.C. If you want to add a dosage of self-care in your life, keep this beautiful houseplant in your home’s knowledge (Gen) area and feel the difference.

Light: Full sun to filtered yet bright sunlight is ideal for your fiddle leaf. Try to keep it close to the east-facing window of your living room.

Water: Remember to keep its soil moist but not damp. Water the plant only when the top half of the potting soil seems dry. Put your fingers 2 inches inside and check the added moisture.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The snake plant got its name for its twisted sword-like leaves with sharp edges. It’s fondly known as “Mother-in-law’s tongue” (it’s razor-sharp😊).

This popular houseplant not only splendor in your home décor but attracts positive energy as well. Fibers extracted from snake plants can be used to make bowstrings, which reinforces its role in our protection.

Unlike other houseplants, snake plants emit oxygen at night, making it a clear winner in the air-purifying houseplant category. You should keep one in your bedroom to thwart negative energies and get indoor air oxygenated.

Light: It’s highly tolerant of any lighting condition. Moderate to bright indirect light is preferred. Survive and thrive equally well in low lights.

Water: Don’t overwater to save your snake plant from root-rot. Let its soil dry out between watering.

Gerbera Daisy Plants (Gerbera)

All houseplant enthusiasts love Garbera due to its wide-eyed, strikingly beautiful blooms. It also improves your home air quality. The gorgeous flowers bring good luck as per feng shui.

Flowers represent positivity in feng shui, unshackle the stuck projects, and bring luck back on your side. Your feng shui aspiration guides you to choose the right color of Garbera Daisy.

Different colors represent important life aspects.

Red denotes inspiration and passion. Yellow signifies a grounded attitude and excellent health. Pink and purple mean self-love and abundance.

Remember to take good care of your Garbera even when it is not flowering.

Light: Filtered and bright sunlight is ideal. A sunny east-facing window will help your Garbera to flourish.

Water: Excess water in the potting soil may slowly kill the plant. Water your Garbera only when you find the top half of the soil to be dry. Keep your Garbera hydrated by misting its leaves with water.

Rubber Tree Plant (Ficus elastica)

Rubber plant of Ficus elastica is another low-maintenance houseplant. The broad, thick, and glossy rubber plant leaves add wood elements to your home as per feng shui.

The wood element is known for its curative properties and reflects growth in your life. Additionally, a rubber plant can light up the dark corners of your home by harnessing a positive life force.

Light: Thrive in moderate to bright but indirect light. Rubber plants can survive in bright direct light as well.

Water: Though you need to keep the soil moist, overwatering can kill the plant.

Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis)

Orchids are famous for their exquisite blooms. Moth orchids are no exception, and it emits oxygen at night as well. You should keep this orchid variety in your bedroom.

It’s a common practice to keep orchids as per feng shui and instill romanticism in your life.

If you are single in search of a suitable life partner or having sleepless nights, adding orchids will thwart such negative influences from your life.

Never make the mistake of considering your orchid dead when it’s not flowering.

The plant is very much alive and needs your constant love and care. Feng shui recommends you to be patient and take great care of your orchid.

Your patience and faith in feng shui will pay off by bringing positive life changes.

Light: Keep your moth orchid in front of an east-facing window. Ensure it gets indirect yet bright light for fast growth and beautiful blooms.

Water: The potting soil of moth orchid should have good drainage. Water your orchid when the soil is arid.

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

You can easily care for your spider plant and propagate by cutting its cute and tiny spiderettes. Before you even realize it, your spider will start sprouting offspring near its root.

Spider plants teach us how to be generous in our daily lives.

Motherly nature makes her abundant and caring. We learn to connect and share our love with our loved ones and friends from the spider plant.

You can spread kindness and generosity by gifting spider plants to someone you care for.

Because of its generous nature, the spider plant is considered auspicious to place in your home’s Prosperity (Xun) and Wealth corner.

Light: Thrives in bright and indirect sunlight.

Water: Keep its soil moist but keep considerable gaps between watering periods.

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera)

Monstera or Swiss Cheese Vine adds a style statement to your home persona.

It removes toxins from indoor air and is an excellent addition for the Recognition (Li) and Fame corners and area of your home.

Monstera and its lush green outlook represent wood elements as per feng shui that can boost your fame with persistent effort.

Light: Bright to moderate indirect sunlight is required for Monstera to grow.

Water: Avoid dry spells by keeping the soil moist and providing good drainage.

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

White is the color of peace. Peace lily signifies peace because of its white-colored flower, and its shape has resemblance with original lily.

This beginner-friendly houseplant can tolerate low maintenance and is not fussy about sunlight.

The name itself harness high positive energy and establishes peace in your home. The delicate and glossy green colored leaves invoke feng shui wood elements.

If you place peace lily in any of its 8 Bagua, it improves growth prospects in your professional and personal life.

Light: Peace lily flourishes well in medium indirect light.

Water: Avoid chlorine or any chemical-based fertilizer. Water regularly to avoid dry spells.

Which air purifying plant do you have in your home? Is it an indoor plant that’s also a Feng shui-favorite? Let me know in the comments below!