Here’s some news you can use – there are many common sources that contribute to the level of air pollutants inside your home. The culprits include some paints, carpeting, air fresheners and household cleaners. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that indoor air pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoor air pollutants. That’s the bad news.
But the GOOD news is that Mother Nature has a knack for keeping things clean, and it’s pretty easy to harness her power to help keep your home filled with fewer pollutants and more smiles.
Here are three simple things you can do to bring the outdoors in and make your home fresh & clean:
- #1 – Plant a Peace Lily
In the late 1980s, NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America conducted the Clean Air Study, which found that some common indoor plants – like Peace Lilies – can naturally remove pollutants in the air. Some of the pollutants that plants help eliminate include benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. If Peace Lilies aren’t your thing, other air-purifying favorites from NASA’s list include English Ivy and Variegated Snake Plant.
- #2 – Make an All-Natural Window Cleaner
Using essential oils from fruits and plants is a great way to clean your home and leave it smelling freshy fresh. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy shares this simple Window Cleaner recipe:
-Three drops of Lemon
-Three drops of Peppermint
-White distilled vinegar
Add the lemon and peppermint to a spray bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. Shake up the cleaner before every use. For a change of scent, substitute the lemon with lime, grapefruit or orange. The Fresh Wave gang is a BIG fan of essential oils. None of our products (as in ZERO) contain harsh chemicals or fake scents. Our odor elimination magic is made possible by two things – water and plant oils.
- #3 – Put a Cork In It
If it’s time to update your home flooring, consider an eco-friendly option like cork. Harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree, this sustainable material has gained popularity in recent years because of its durability and green characteristics. Cork is hypo-allergenic, so it won’t attract dust. It’s also anti-microbial and moisture-resistant, making it the enemy of icky things like mold and mildew.
How do you rely on Mother Nature to make your home fresh & clean? Share your ideas and tips with us.