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Five ways to purify the air in your home

Keeping air clean indoors this summer

In Alberta, with summertime also, unfortunately, comes wildfire season. In preparation for poor air quality conditions, we have compiled a few simple ways you can ensure the air quality in your home stays up to snuff.

  1. Beeswax candles -- A 2009 study at South Carolina State University determined that paraffin-based candles emit harmful chemicals like toluene and benzene, which can cause dizziness, skin irritations, and nausea if used in excess. Beeswax candles, such as those made by YYC Beeswax, did not emit any such pollutants in this study.
  2. Himalayan salt lamps -- Beyond their mystical appearance, Himalayan salt lamps are said to improve air quality by producing negative ions. They can be found at Community Natural Foods.
  3. Air purifiers -- Portable air purifiers, such as those found at London Drugs, can help improve the air quality in the room by filtering out airborne contaminants like dust and odours. For house-wide impact, be sure to change the filter in your furnace as well.   
  4. Clean frequently -- Vacuuming (especially on carpets and plush furniture), cleaning counters, washing sheets, and scrubbing toilets with increased vigour can help reduce pollutants in the home. Organic laundry detergent from Claudia’s Choices, bulk Castile soap from The Apothecary in Inglewood, and the Auntie Rachel's product line from Hope Cleaning are all local, sustainable, and harsh-chemical-free options to add to your arsenal.
  5. Plants -- In addition to precious oxygen, some indoor plants can also purify the air. Stop by Greengate Garden Centres for a potted Peace Lily to add a touch of green to your home.

Our thoughts are with those affected by the forest fires, and the brave firefighters who are working to control the blaze this summer. In addition to the suggestions above, Health Canada recommends breathing through a damp cloth or surgical mask when the smoke gets too severe.

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