How To Purify the Air In Your Home

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There Are Many Ways To Naturally Detox Your Home and Purify the Air – What works, what doesn’t.


Plants are one of the most effective and affordable ways to purify the air in your home.  Through the process of photosynthesis, plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen.  They also clean the air of toxins.  While there are many you can choose from, the following are some of the more common species.

In a study done in 1989,  the following 12 plant species were found to neutralize toxins such as formaldehyde, which can irritate the nose, mouth, and throat; benzene, which can cause irritation to the eyes, increase heart rate, or lead to headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion; and Trichloroethylene that can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. 


Barberton Daisy

Available here for under $30


Bamboo Palm

Available for under $40 here

Lady Palm

lady palm

Available here for less than under $25

Chinese Evergreen & Red Chinese Evergreen

Green available here for under $20

Red available here for under $30  

Devil’s Ivy

Costa Farms Devil's Ivy, Golden Pothos with 6.5-Inch Wide Mid-Century Modern Planter and Plant Stand Set, White, Fits on Tabletops, Counters

Found here for less than $9

Flamingo Lilly

Flamingo Lily

Available for under $30 here

Kimberly Queen Fern

Kimberly Queen Fern

Found for less than $32 here

Peace Lilly

Peace Lily

Available here for less than $25

Red Edged Dracaena

Costa Farms Dracaena Marginata Magenta Madagascar Dragon Tree Live Indoor Plant, 14-Inches Tall, Ships in White-Natural Décor Planter

For just over $25 here

Spider Plant

For under $20 here

Varigated Snake Plant

Varigated Snake Plant

Available here for under $20

Weeping Fig Tree

Found here for around $20 

Other air purifying plants can be found here.

Bamboo Charcoal Bags/Filters

Charcoal can have the same effect in removing toxins from the air.  Many are found in burlap bags and can be replaced at a low cost.  They soak up odors and remove toxins in the air you breathe.

Products 4Future Activated Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifying Bags

A four-pack for $24 here

Moso Charcoal Air Purifiers

MOSO NATURAL Stand-Up Air Purifying Bag 300g. Odor Eliminator, Odor Absorber for Closet and Bathroom.

Available for $11 here

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax candles can help ionize the air and neutralize toxic compounds and other contaminants.

Telosma Natural Beeswax Tea Lights

TELOSMA 12pcs Natural Beeswax Tealight Candles - Organic Candle Natural Scent Smokeless Clean Burning

12 pack here for under $16

 Votproof Beeswax Candles

500 Votprof 100% Pure Beeswax Taper Candles ( 6 1/4") Natural Honey Scent

500 – 6 1/4″ tapers here for under $85 

Mountain Rose Herbs Oregon Beeswax Candles

4 1/2″ h x 1.5″ w here for $7.25

Essential Oils

Essential Oils like Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Oregano, Rosemary, Tea Tree, and Thyme are very effective at killing viruses, fungi, bacteria, and mold.  Studies from Weber State University have shown that Thieves Oil has almost a 100% kill rate against airborne bacteria.  It is made up of a blend of  Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, and Lemon, Pine Needle, and Thyme oils.  These can be put in a room diffuser for maximum distribution.

Pure Enrichment Essential Oil Diffuser

Pure Enrichment PureSpa Essential Oil Diffuser - Compact Air Deodorizer with 100ml Water Tank, Mood-Boosting Ionizer & Optional Color-Changing Light - Lasts Up to 7 Hours with Auto Safety Shut-Off

Available here for under $30


Essential Oil Diffuser by Smiley Daisy- Whisper-Quiet Cool Mist Humidifier - Enjoy Aromatherapy Experience with Your Favorite Scented Essential Oils (Walnut Brown)

Found here at under $40 


URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser, 2 Pack Aromatherapy Diffuser for Essential Oils Portable Cool Mist Humidifier with Adjustable Mist Mode 7 Colors LED Lights and Waterless Auto Shut-Off for Home Office

2 Pack for $41 here

Essential oils are available from these companies

Edens Gardens Essential Oils
Mountain Rose Herbs Company Essential Oils
The Essential Oil Company
Plant Therapy

Water Fountains

Aside from providing stress relief and being natural humidifiers, Water Fountains produce negative ions that help clean the air.  Dust is attracted to negative ions thus reducing the pollution in the air of your home.

 Mariposa Tabletop Fountain

Available here for less than $100

Smudge Sticks

Research has proven that burning sage removes a whopping 94% of bacteria in the air. When the researchers tested the air a day later, it was still clean. The best method for this is called “smudging.” You take a bunch of dried sage, twist it into a stick shape, then light one end of the “stick” on fire and then blow it out.

Purple Canyon Smudging White Sage 3-Pack

Buy it here for less than $9

Soul Sticks White Sage Smudge Sticks

Get a 6 pack here for under $13

Salt Crystal (Himalayan) Lamps

Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Healing Touch says, “salt crystal products tend to reduce airborne irritants, pathogens and allergens by pulling water vapor out of the air. Himalayan pink salt is a natural ionic air purifier that pulls toxins from the environment and neutralizes them.” 

Supposedly, the claims of Salt Lamps purifying the air don’t hold up under scientific studies.  While they will improve mood with soft lighting, they will not purify the air by emitting negative ions.

You’ll have to make up your own mind on this one.

The Body Source Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan Salt Lamp 6-8” (4-7 lb) with Dimmer Switch - All Natural and Handcrafted with Wooden Base and an Extra Bulb

Find it here for less than $25

Written by Douglas K. Johnson – Life, Health and Wellness Coach, Herbalist, Nutritionist, and Author


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Published by Douglas Johnson

I am a Life, Health and Wellness Coach, Herbalist, Nutritionist, Author & Chef

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