You can still keep your home feeling airy and fresh, even with the windows closed for the season. Not only will your home be smelling great, but trying these fresh air hacks will also help with allergies, asthma and energy levels.
Come late February, it’s normal to get a bit stir crazy from feeling stuck inside a stuffy house. Want to have indoor air that feels as clear and rejuvenating as a breezy spring day? Try these hacks!
1. Get an Air Purifier.
Did you know there’s more air pollution inside homes and businesses than outside of them? That’s why it’s important to purify the air in your home (especially if you have furry family members). Head to your local home supply store to get an air purifier. These machines can be a slight investment (running anywhere from $130 to $800), but it’s worth the price. Air purifiers help to eliminate dust, reduce carbon dioxide levels and increase air circulation in your home.
2. Decorate with a Spider Plant, English Ivy or Peace Lily.
If an air purifier is out of your budget, just call upon good old nature! Having more green plants in your home can help keep the air clean and fresh. There are actually specific plants that will do the job. A few houseplants that remove harmful chemicals are English Ivy, Spider Plants or the Peace Lily. (If you get a Peace Lily, make sure to keep it up and away from pets as it can be toxic to them).
3. Test out the “vinegar and water” trick.
This one is simple. Place a shallow bowl of white vinegar in a room overnight. It will absorb any offensive odors the same way that baking soda does, and you’ll wake in the morning to a clean-smelling space.
4. Simmer some citrus and spice in the kitchen.
This trick doesn’t necessarily clean the air, but it does make it smell great! Throw lemon halves, orange peels, vanilla or almond extract, a stick (or tablespoon) of cinnamon, cloves, or other spices into a pot of simmering water on the stove. This infuses the house with an inviting aroma and will add moisture to dry air.