How to Purify the Air in Your Home

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Mar 23, 2022

How to Purify the Air in Your Home

Whether you’re out and about or chilling at home, the indoor air quality you breathe is important to your health and wellbeing. Things like furniture, carpet, scented candles, and cleaning products can expose your home to harmful toxins that can be a health risk to your family.

In this blog, we’ve pulled together a list of ways you can go about purifying the air in your home for your family’s health and safety.

1.  Essential Oil Diffusers

Essential oil diffusers don’t just ooze out a sweet aroma, they’re also great air purifiers! They disperse the essential oils into the air - filling the home with a nice fragrance that lets you de-stress and unwind after a long day, while cleansing the air of any harmful toxins. Simply place it in a room and let it do its thing, but if you want to take it a step further why not research the other benefits essential oils can have for your health.

2.  Indoor Plants

Thanks to a NASA experiment in 1989, indoor plants are natural air purifiers and can cleanse any harmful toxins in the air of your home. Plants use sunlight and the carbon dioxide we breathe out to photosynthesise, making food for themselves and releasing fresh oxygen for us to breathe. So put one (or twelve) indoor plants all around the home and your family can reap the benefits of breathing naturally high quality air.

3.  Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles ionise and neutralise toxic particles in the air, and release an amazing scent, making them a natural air purifier for your home. They burn at a snails’ pace without releasing any harmful toxins, so you won’t have to worry about replacing them too often. Place them anywhere around the home and breathe in that fresh air.

4.  Open a Window

Here’s a great cheap solution… crack open some windows! Open your windows for a few minutes each day to ventilate your home with fresh air, and alleviate the air of any harmful toxins in your home.

5.  Turn up the Air-Conditioning

Air conditioners are great purifiers by running the air they pull from the outdoors through an air filter. The filter captures any particles lingering in the air and pumps out clean cool air into your home. Just remember to change the filter regularly so that it stays in top condition for purifying the air for your family.

6.  Air Purifier

The fans in an air purifier suck in the air which goes through a filter, removing any dust, bacteria, smoke, viruses and other toxins - and the fan pushes the purified air out into your home. Simply switch it on and check the state of the filters every few weeks to see if they need a bit of a clean to keep doing its thing.

7.  Salt Lamps

Salt lamps contain Himalayan pink salt, which are natural ionic air purifiers that absorb the toxins in the air and neutralises them. These lamps also work wonders by easing allergies, asthma and can even be a mood booster. Their dim orange glow won’t affect your sleep if you plan on leaving it on at night, so you can have peace of mind that your family is breathing good quality air, without disrupting your sleep.

8.  Activated Charcoal

If you’re after something odourless that absorbs and eliminates toxins in your home, you’re in luck as activated charcoal (also known as active carbon) is a natural air purifier. You’d typically find this in the filter of air purifiers so you have a good idea of just how well they absorb odours and harmful gasses. They last for around 3 to 6 months depending on the air quality of your home, after which, simply replace them regularly and carry on breathing fresh clean air.

9.  Vacuum and Clean Regularly

Carpets and rugs are guilty of harboring dust, grime, dirt, and trap any toxins and pollutants lingering in the air. Make sure to give your home a regular clean - from wiping down surfaces to getting into your carpets with your Rug Doctor machine for that extra deep clean.

Stubborn toxins and particles can get stuck so deep within your carpets that a regular vacuum simply won’t cut it. You should deep clean your carpets at least once a year, if not more, depending on the number of people living in the household.

With these 9 ways to purify the air in your home, you’ll have the tools you need to improve the air quality for the health and wellbeing of your family.


Gina Gibbs

Author: Gina Gibbs

Gina is the Business Manager at Rug Doctor NZ. With over 20 years at Rug Doctor, she's dedicated to helping New Zealanders keep their homes clean and healthy. Outside of work, Gina enjoys hiking, reading, and enjoying Vietnamese and Asian fusion cuisine. Oh, and let's not forget her expertise in cleaning up after everyone, especially her two kids!