There are many sources of indoor air pollution and some come about simply as a consequence of our daily routines. Daily tasks such as cleaning or getting ready in the morning can release pollutants into the air. Overexposure to these pollutants can cause health issues over time such as respiration issues and skin irritation.
Body fragrances and domestic fragrances release a small amount of pollutants into the air that can build up over periods of time - especially if use is daily.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not ruled domestic fragrances illegal. However, many environmental groups such as Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) warn domestic fragrance users of the undisclosed chemicals linked to short and long-term health effects.
Capri Essentials has put together a list of simple tricks that you can do every day to purify your indoor air and reduce the number of pollutants that may accumulate in your home.
Ventilate your Home
The simplest step you can take to improve indoor air quality is to open your windows! Ventilation is extremely important to keep your home air fresh as reduces moisture and mold buildup. According to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), high humidity and moisture levels can increase the concentration of pollutants. Even during the cold winter months, you should open your windows for 10 minutes a day to circulate in the fresh air.
Avoid Using Cleaners with Toxic Chemicals
Many commercial cleaners contain harsh chemicals that are used to kill germs and bacteria but pollute your indoor air. Certain active ingredients in commercial cleaners release gases or particles into the air that can lead to health issues. Sometimes these released particles can create toxic fumes if they are mixed accidentally. Instead, opt for non-toxic cleaners that are much safer for you and your loved ones.
Decorate your Home with Houseplants
There are many houseplants that help circulate and purify the air due to their oxygen releasing abilities. Some plants can reduce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and other pollutants. When choosing the right plants for your home, consider whether the plant is toxic to animals or not. The spider plant is a great, low maintenance plant that is non-toxic to pets and produces baby buds for easy propagation.
Diffuse Essential Oils
Diffusing essential oils is a great way to add fragrance to your house without using aerosol fragrances or odor neutralizers. Essential oils can be blended together to create a unique smell that invigorates your home. Depending on the potency of the oil, diffuse for 20 to 60 minutes for a quick refresh.
Light Pure Beeswax Candles
Beeswax is a natural ionizer that neutralizes toxic compounds and other contaminants in the air. Like pink himalayan salt lamps, they release negative ions in the air that help balance pollen, dust, dirt, and pollutants that carry a positive charge. Pure beeswax candles are a great alternative to regular candles and warm your home with a sweet honey scent.
Boil Stovetop Potpourri
Stovetop potpourri is the method of boiling herbs and fruits to release an invigorating scent! It’s a great way to use leftover fruit scraps (such as peels and end bits) and herbs without artificial ingredients. Start by boiling 2-3 cups of water into a saucepan. Add your desired ingredients – oranges, ginger, lemons, spices of vanilla or cinnamon. Once your concoction begins to boil, simmer for an inviting, warm scent. You can also do this in a slow cooker.