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How to Clean the Air in Your Home Naturally

26 April

Learn how to clean the air in your home naturally.  These simple natural products will help remove odors for a fresher smelling home.


Odors in the house can be a huge hassle, for a variety of reasons. Odors can stem from many sources, and what's worse, they can often linger in the air. 


It is important to eliminate odors as soon as possible for several reasons. This is why it is very important to learn how to purify the air in the house.





For one, a bad smell in the house can make your home uncomfortable to live in, and during a time where we are all at home much more, an uncomfortable home simply will not do. 


Additionally, odors can cause health problems such as headaches if they are too pungent and pervasive. 


How to Clean the Air in Your Home Naturally


Even if your house is not odorless, it is still important to clean your air. Bad stuff such as dust and bacteria can linger in the air, so it is important to continuously freshen it.


Following are some tips and tricks to show you how to clean the air in your home. There are plenty of natural solutions that will help you eliminate the bad smell in the house, and keep your fresh and clean.


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How Can I Purify The Air In My Home Naturally?


There are many methods you can use to help purify the air in your home. From chemicals and solutions to simple cleaning, there are all sorts of ways to keep your home smelling fresh. 


If you are wondering how to clean the air in your home naturally, worry not as there are plenty of natural solutions that you can use.


To start, make sure you have an adequate amount of ventilation to let fresh air in and bad air out. This will also allow the odors in your home to naturally waft out, allowing you to effortlessly improve the smell of your house.


It is important to remember that every home, and the circumstances behind an odor, are different. As such, you may need to try a few tips and tricks before the odor is gone. 


However, if you keep with it you will find the perfect solution on how to purify the air in your home naturally.





Does Vinegar Purify The Air?


Vinegar, and more specifically white vinegar, is a great tool to use when you want to purify air in the home. There are several ways that you can use vinegar to help naturally clean the air in your home. 


For starters, you can easily deodorize a room by simply placing a bowl of vinegar into a corner and letting it sit for a few hours. The key here is to ensure that the bowl is out of reach from pets and little ones while it works its magic.


If you want to deodorize an entire house, simply simmer a pot of vinegar on a stove. After a while, your entire house will smell and feel much better with the power of vinegar.


How Does White Vinegar Remove Odors?


White vinegar is mainly composed of water and acetic acid. The amount or percentage of acid in the vinegar varies depending on brand and its intended purpose. 


The acetic acid does wonders at pulling odors out of the air and eliminating the bad smell in the house, leaving behind fresh and pure air in your home.


Learn more about how to clean with vinegar.


Does a Bowl of Vinegar Absorb Odors?


As previously mentioned, setting a bowl of vinegar into the corner of a room can help to absorb and eliminate odors. For larger rooms, you might try placing several bowls of vinegar strategically around.


It is important to keep the bowls out of reach of pets and little ones, and allow the vinegar enough time to work. You should figure on letting the bowls stay out for several hours, but it is best if they are able to work overnight.


Does Boiling Water Clean the Air?


Unfortunately, boiling water does not clean the air on its own, nor will it help to reduce a bad smell in the house either. 


Unlike vinegar, boiling a pot of water will not lead to cleaner air. However, you can add herbs and essential oils which can help to purify air in the home.





What Can I Boil to Sanitize the Air?


There are many solutions that you can boil to help sanitize the air. As previously mentioned, bowling vinegar can help to eliminate odors in the air. 


Further, you can use herbs and essential oils in boiling water to help naturally purify the air in your home, and replace it with a fresh smell of your choosing.


Check out this fall simmer pot recipe to get ideas for boiling herbs to make your home smell good.


What Essential Oils Clean the Air?


There are several essential oils that you can use to clean the air in your home, either by boiling them with water or by using a diffuser. Personally, my go-to oils are Defender, Shield, and Support oils.


The Defender blend from Simply Earth is a blend of Cinnamon (leaf), Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Clove (bud) essential oils.  It's similar to Thieves Oil.  These oils can make your home smell good and kill germs in the air.


The Shield blend from Mountain Rose Herbs is similar to Thieves Oil, too.  It's a blend of Clove, Rosemary, and Lemon essential oils.  It's not quite as medicinal smelling as Defender, and it works really well to get rid of odors in the air naturally.


Support blend from Mountain Rose Herbs is a blend of organic lemon essential oil, organic tea tree essential oil, organic frankincense essential oil, manuka essential oil, organic oregano essential oil, and organic rosemary essential oil.  It has more of a medicinal scent, but it's excellent for removing odors in the air.


To use essential oils to refresh the air, diffuse 3 to 5 drops per 100 ml of water in your diffuser.  Diffuser for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.


I have this basic essential oil diffuser.  It's plain, but it works really well.  For larger spaces, Simply Earth has a diffuser that holds 200 ml of water.


However, what you prefer is ultimately up to you. I recommend buying a few to sample in terms of smell and effectiveness in your home.





Will a Bowl of Baking Soda Absorb Odors?


Simply put, baking soda can absolutely help absorb odors. A favorite trick of homemakers for decades, a bowl of baking soda in a strategic location can do wonders for eliminating any bad smell in the house.


From fridges to bathrooms, a simple bowl of baking soda will help you to quickly and easily purify air in the home. For best results, leave the bowl of baking soda sit for several hours, or until you notice the smell is gone. 


If the smell persists, or decreases only slightly, consider throwing out the baking soda and filling up another bowl, and repeat as necessary.


What's more, you don’t just have to limit your baking soda strategies to just a bowl, you can sprinkle baking soda around the house to help eliminate tons of odors.


 Sprinkle baking soda in trash cans, in the bathtub or toilet, and on pet stains to quickly absorb odors and help purify the air in the home.


Learn more about cleaning with baking soda.


Houseplants That Purify The Air


Houseplants are great at purifying the air in your home and keeping it fresh, and there are plenty of house plants to choose from! It is recommended to have two plants for every two hundred square feet in order to purify air in the home.


Plants such as lilies, bamboo palms, ivy and daisies are all great plants to keep the air in your home clean and purified. If you are wondering just how to clean the air in your home with plants, it is very simple.


Just place plants in areas with high foot traffic or where bad smells in the house tend to originate from. From there, through photosynthesis, the plants will take in carbon dioxide and produce fresh oxygen. 


Through this process, the plants will be removing toxins and bad smells from the air and providing you with fresh and clean air. What's more, houseplants are great decorations to have around your house, and that is not even to mention all the benefits that come with maintaining a plant.


Further, house plants are passive odor eliminators and you do not have to change them. The only thing you need to do is water them to keep them working great and purifying air in the home.


Many families deal with a bad smell in the house, and many don’t know how to clean the air in your home naturally. With this simple guide, you can help to purify air in the home and keep your house smelling and feeling fresh.





Beeswax Candles


When you burn a beeswax candle, they act like a natural air purifier to clean the air.  Beeswax produces negative ions when you burn it.  They attach to positive ions in the air, including toxins, odors, pollen, dust, and mold.  This neutralizes odors naturally.


Beeswax doesn't hold a scent well, so I burn plain beeswax without any scent or essential oils.  


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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.

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