I’ve been trying hard to purify the air that Charlie breathes. So I’ve been doing some research. Aside from the portable humidifier and the vaporizer, I wanted to find natural ways to accomplish this.
So yesterday I googled best ways to purify the air naturally, and salt lamps came up. I had no idea what they were. Nevertheless, I googled best rated salt lamps, and up came the company Thrive Market. This is what I ordered.
Salt lamps emit negative ions, which work like natural ionizers that purify and clean the air. They neutralize allergens, dust, pollen, mold, fungus, pet dander and odors. This is known to be very beneficial for respiratory health.
Salt lamps also minimize the effect of positive ions from electro magnetic fields and electronic devices. We can probably all use that advice with all the electronic devices we own!
Since the first salt lamp you see above was 55% off, so $13.49 each, I ordered 2 of them. And I ordered 2 boxes of the bulbs, at $4.29 per box. The round lamp at the end was 50% off, so it was $24.99. They all had 4 and a half star ratings.
I always love free shipping, and it was free over $49.
I’ll let you know what I think of them when they arrive.
Did you know that tea tree oil added to an essential oil diffuser can reduce airborne bacteria?
Note: Debbie tells me that tea tree oil is toxic to pets, so don’t use this if you have pets in your home.
Essential oils like eucalyptus, clove and rosemary have been proven to help reduce the number of dust mites in your house too.
If you like candles, opt for beeswax candles. The science behind this is that particles float in the air around us because they are positively charged ions.
The air is cleaner in the woods, or near a waterfall, for example. This is because nature creates negative ions, which bind to the positive ions, causing them to be heavier and fall to the ground.
Burning pure beeswax candles artificially creates this phenomenon indoors, cleaning the indoor air.
However, burning any kind of candle still sends soot up into the air. To avoid that completely, consider LED candles, which will pollute the air less and reduce the risk of a fire.
But if you want the real deal, go with beeswax candles.
Take your shoes off inside to reduce tracking around all the bad stuff your shoes pick up outside.
Keep your pets groomed, because pet dander, or your pet’s skin cells, can cause you to develop asthma-like symptoms or exacerbate asthma if it already exists. Clean them regularly and brush them outdoors if possible. And vacuum floors and furnishings regularly with a HEPA filter.
If you have central air conditioning you already have a whole-house air filtration system. It pulls the air out of your house to cool it and pumps it back in. Just change your filters regularly.
Clean with non-toxic chemicals. Many store-bought household cleaners contain toxic chemicals. For a greener option, make your own household cleaners using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, citrus juice or essential oils.
I have an entire Pinterest board on recipes for homemade cleaning recipes.
Air purifers can reduce harmful particles in the air. Find out which one is right for you using the EPA’s guide.
Get rid of mold. The fungus releases spores into the air that trigger allergy symptoms. Of course you can often find mold in the bathroom, laundry room or basement.
You don’t need to bleach it away. Here are five ways to kill mold without chemicals.
Air out new furniture. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals that linger in the air, and they are everywhere in our homes. VOCs such as toluene and benzene are found in things like glues, paints, fabrics, construction materials and more.
When you buy a new sofa or armchair, know this: It will emit VOCs, more heavily at first and then taper off. To reduce the harm to your indoor air, air out as much as possible to allow VOCs to escape.
If you can, keep it in your garage for a week, or at least keep the windows in that room open most of the day for the first few months.
Use cooking oils with higher smoke points. In other words a cooking oil that smokes at higher temperatures.
Extra virgin olive oil has a lower smoke point compared to avocado, peanut, safflower, canola, corn and sunflower oil.
If you prefer the taste of olive oil, try a light olive oil that’s been refined and has a smoke point of 486 degrees compared to 410 degrees for extra virgin olive oil.
Since I don’t have a stove, I don’t have this particular problem!
(Much of this info came from MNN.com (Mother Nature Network).
And of course many house plants absorb toxins in the air. So I am figuring out ways to have house plants with Ivy Lou around. I have a couple hanging. And three are in the beverage stand in the corner of the dining space by the French doors.
So far she has not bothered them. I have a peace lily in the bedroom up high where she’s never gone.
And there are many house plants that are not toxic to pets. Go here to check them out.
And finally, you may be wondering why I added the chimes you saw in the top photo. When I was buying a couple of plants at a nursery, I saw these chimes for 40% off. I thought they would fit right in with the plants indoors.
They tinkle softly with the ceiling fan and air conditioning on. I had no idea that sound would be so calming. I love it!
If you’re trying to create an indoor haven for house plants, why not add chimes or little pretties you can hang from the ceiling to add to the ambiance? Having such relaxing objects around you may help to reduce anxiety and stress.
I know I feel so peaceful with the chimes as the background noise in my apartment.