1. Let Some Fresh Air In
Good ventilation is one of the most effective ways to purify the air at home. “It allows the chemicals from things like furniture, mattresses, paint and varnishes to air out, and helps in reducing mould growth and flushing out airborne bacteria and viruses,” says Danielle.
The only caveat is if you live in a high-traffic area, such as next to a busy road. In this case, it may be worth installing a whole-house air filtration system, to remove pollutants and introduce clean air into your home.
2. Swap To Essential Oils
Go for 100 per cent pure and organic essential oils rather than ‘fragrant oils’ as this can be a blanket term for artificial ingredients. “You only need two or three drops; try lemon, eucalyptus or spearmint to cleanse the air,” says natural therapist Sheena Cartwright.
You can buy oils and diffusers from Young Living.
3. Use Bamboo Charcoal Bags
Bamboo charcoal is a natural substance that has millions of tiny, porous holes that act like a sponge, absorbing odours and purifying the air of allergens and pollutants. It also absorbs excess moisture to prevent the build-up of mould and mildew.
You can purchase different-sized bags online and use them anywhere from the bathroom or laundry to inside closets or in the fridge.
4. Swap To Natural Candles
Choosing 100 per cent pure beeswax and soy candles is a healthier alternative to regular paraffin wax candles, as they are chemical-free and produce minimal smoke and soot. Opt for natural fibre wicks, and if you’re buying fragranced candles, check they contain pure essential oils.
Find organic beeswax and soy candles at Sally’s Room, BsaB and Artisan’s Garden.
5. Get Some House Plants
As well as pumping fresh oxygen into the air, house plants can absorb volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are pollutants from household products like fabric softener. “They’re brilliant at purifying air and I see them as the lungs, kidneys and liver of the home,” says Danielle. “Some good ones are the jade plant, areca palm, rubber plant and the snake plant, the latter being particularly good in the bedroom as it releases oxygen at night.”
You can find them at florists like Far East Flora or Noah Garden Centre.