6 Ways for Better Air Quality at Home

The market is filled with ‘air fresheners,’ promising to make your home smell more citrusy or flowery. However, the fragrance can be a dangerous illusion. Instead of purifying indoor air, they worsen it by adding more pollutants and harmful chemicals.

Fortunately, though, you can do something to reduce the pollution inside your home and infuse delightful scent the natural way. Here’s how to achieve it.

1. Skip Aerosols and Synthetic Fragrances
Aerosol sprays, such as deodorants, hair sprays and household air fresheners, can fill your home with toxic chemicals. Be careful with using household cleaning agents with artificial fragrances, as well as other types of synthetic home fragrances. Many of these products contain phthalates, which are known as chemical-disruptor chemicals.

2. Choose Household Cleansers Wisely
To avoid adding more harmful chemicals, purchase detergent-based and biodegradable products that doesn’t have the words ‘caution,’ ‘flammable’ and ‘danger’ on their label. This means that the products are made of natural ingredients and are safe for everyday use.

3. Clean Air Filters and Vents Regularly
Air-conditioning filters that are not cleaned regularly can trap dust, pollen and allergens. They can be easily cleaned in some AC systems, but if yours are difficult to access, have it cleaned professionally.

4. Scent Your Home With Essential Oils
These are more natural options than air fresheners and impart the same wonderful scent in your home—not t mention its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help improve air quality. Good variants to try are eucalyptus, citrus, peppermint and thyme. A nice pick for the bedrooms is lavender, which gives off a very mild scent that promotes relaxation.

5. Decorate With Potted Plants
Plants help filter out pollutants while adding aesthetic beauty to your home—that’s hitting two birds in one stone! A potted small palm tree helps remove formaldehyde—a toxin commonly found inside homes. Aloe vera can clear away formaldehyde and benzene, but needs to be placed in an area where there’s direct sunlight. Gerber daises also require a lot of sunlight, but are effective in reducing trichloroethylene—a common toxic chemical found in dry cleaning products.

6. Let Natural Air In
Unless it’s horribly cold, which is almost impossible to happen in Singapore, open the windows and doors for a few minutes every day. For better and faster air circulation, run your fans for a while. This will reduce and let out accumulated indoor pollutants.

Polluted air is harmful that even a short exposure can cause headache, drowsiness, dry eyes and skin rashes. Children, as well as those individuals sensitive to chemicals, are more likely to be affected by air pollutants. So, make sure to keep your indoor air purified to ensure healthy living with your family.

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