How to Clean the Air at Home – How to Remove Toxins and Breathe Easy

You may not think much about how to clean the air in your home, but poor air quality can be a real health hazard. Breathing in toxins at home or at work can cause eye, nose, and throat irritations which can lead to headaches, feeling dizzy and chronic exhaustion. Toxic air is a real problem for people who suffer from asthma, particularly in children and the elderly. It is important to learn to how to clean the air at home.

Breathing in toxins in the air has been linked to people suffering from

  • Body aches and pains
  • Feeling anxious or nervous
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Being unable to concentrate

Over time, this exposure can lead to respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease or even cancer.

Sources of toxins:

  • carpets treated with chemicals
  • house cleaning products
  • health and beauty aid products
  • gas and electric ovens
  • paints with VOC’s
  • couches and chairs sprayed with fire retarding chemicals

Learning how to clean the air in your home can be a daunting task at first. A natural clean air system can be a welcome addition to your home, and help breathe easy again. Below are some tips on how to clean the air at home, or office. Disclosure: We are a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review. We tested and reviewed the products here. We are independently owned and the opinions expressed here are our own.

Himalayan Salt Lamps

Have you ever enjoyed the fresh air after a summer storm, breathing in the cleansing air? Or why you feel revitalized after spending time near the salty ocean water? It is because negatively charged ions surround waterfalls, serene mountain tops, and seashores. Salt cleanses the air.
Himalayan Salt lamps are large chunks of pink Himalayan Salt that have been hollowed out. A small light bulb is then put in, usually from the bottom.

It is very important that you only get a lamp made with pure Himalayan Salt, not rock salt. These lamps are made with pure, food grade salt crystals. It is the same kind that some use for seasoning their food.
When a Himalayan Salt Lamp is turned on, the bulb warms the salt. This causes the salt to releases negative ions that remove toxins from the air. Himalayan Salt lamps purify the air much the same way an ocean breeze refreshes your soul. They also emit a warm, relaxing light, much like a campfire.


Beeswax Candles

It is true that regular paraffin candles are petroleum based and can release toxic chemicals like benzene, toluene, soot and others into the air. Do not use these types of candles, they do harm the indoor air quality of your home.

However, Pure Beeswax Candles burn with almost no smoke or smell and actually clean the air by releasing negative ions. These negative ions bind with toxins and remove them.

People who suffer from asthma or allergies can especially benefit from burning Beeswax candles. They are very efficient at eliminating dust and dander from the air.

Compared to paraffin candles, Beeswax candles also burn slower, and last longer.

Beeswax Candles can be purchased at


Bamboo Charcoal Bags


Bamboo charcoal is bamboo that is cut and dried for a few weeks. After it drys, the bamboo is then put in a hot kiln for about two weeks, and turns into bamboo charcoal.

While in the kiln, the bamboo charcoal develops millions of tiny holes. The holes have the ability to absorb moisture, odors, and toxins in the air. Bamboo charcoal can remove chemicals, allergens, and other harmful pollutants from the air.
For decades charcoal has long been used water purifiers, and lately in beauty products, and even toothpaste. Bamboo charcoal has the same toxin-removing ability on household air.

Air purifying bags are that are made of linen and filled with high-density bamboo charcoal can be used to purify the air in your home. They remove bacteria, harmful pollutants and allergens from the air and absorbs moisture. They bamboo charcoal bags prevent mold and mildew growth by capturing the toxins inside each pore. You can recharge the bamboo charcoal by putting the bag in the sun once every 30 days.

Bamboo Charcoal purifying bags are available at


Essential Oils

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Essential oils are made by taking the flowers, leaves, stems, roots, seeds, bark or other parts of aromatic plants and either distilling or pressing them. They are vigorously fragrant. You have experienced the benefits of essential oils if you have ever had the pleasure of smelling a rose or lavender plant. Different essential oils have different chemical makeups, smells, and affect to your body.
It has been well documented that essential oils have been found to help ease the symptoms of those who suffer from allergies and upper respiratory tract infections. A 2011 double-blind study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine concluded that subjects that use of the six essential oils below experienced significant improvement in relief from coughing, hoarseness, and sore throat.

  • Chamomile – The flowers are commonly used in to make tea, because it has a calming effect. This is a really good essential oil to use because of the variety of problems it may help you with. Chamomile essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties can relieve nasal congestion. Use it to relieve allergies, common colds or respiratory infections.
  • Peppermint – This is another versatile plant is used a herbal tea. It is known to relax the body and mind. Use peppermint to help allergy and respiratory infection symptoms. It has both antibacterial and antiviral properties, and can also suppress coughs.
  • Eucalyptus and Lemon Eucalyptus – Eucalyptus creates a cooling sensation when inhaled, and provides the sensation of improved breathing. It is also used as an expectorant, helping people get rid of mucous. Lemon eucalyptus is used to relieve congestion from allergies.
  • Basil – This essential oil has antimicrobial properties that can help people with respiratory and ear infections. Studies have found basil oil to fight strains of bacteria that are drug resistant. Unfortunately antibiotic resistance is on the rise according to the medical community. More people are using essential oils as an alternative therapy for infections and other health problems.
  • Tea Tree Oil – This anti-inflammatory oil is also highly antimicrobial and is now frequently included in household cleaners. When applied to air filters, tea tree oil has been shown to kill some strains of bacteria within minutes. Tea Tree oil can be diffused to reduce mold. Allergy sufferers will be sure to benefit from Tea Tree Oil.
  • Lavender – You have probably seen the purple flowers of the lavender plant used in many produces due to its wide array of benefits. Lavender essential oil has a calming effect. Those who are anxious or have insomnia can benefit from lavender oil. Lavender essential oil eases allergic symptoms by preventing inflammation. People who enjoy lavender essential oil also report an increase in their ability to cope with stressful situations.

To use essential oils to remove toxins, you would place them in a diffuser. A diffuser is much like a cool mist humidifier.

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18 thoughts on “How to Clean the Air at Home – How to Remove Toxins and Breathe Easy

  • January 11, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    Hi James,

    Thanks for sharing this. I have a diffuser at home and I am not sure how to use it with the essential oil. Do you mix it with water? If yes, by how much?

    I drink Chamomile Tea and you are right about it. It does help you relax which can also affect your sleep.

    • January 12, 2018 at 12:01 am

      I put water in first, then add 2 drops of wssential oil per 100 ml of water.

  • January 12, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Breathing in toxins can be so detrimental to your health and many people never even know they have been subjected to it. You have educated us here on some of the ways we can easily come in contact with toxins.

    I personally like the salt lamps. It definitely makes me feel such a difference when I use one. Thanks for sharing.

    • January 12, 2018 at 2:27 am

      I agree. Some people won’t even know what is making them sick. Thanks for stopping by.

  • January 12, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Thank you for this valuable article!

    With the flu as prevalent as it has been in East Texas (where I live) this season, I have been constantly covering my home in Lysol… which is actually full of toxins!

    After reading your post, I am very interested in incorporating a Himalayan Salt Lamp into my home! I will definitely go check them out!

    Thanks again!

    • January 12, 2018 at 5:59 am

      You are very welcome.  We’ve had our share of the flu here in Pittsburgh as well. Stay healthy! 

  • January 13, 2018 at 1:29 am

    I enjoyed reading about your thoughts on healing. I especially am interested in the Salt lamps. I hear wonderful things about Himalayan salt lamps. I have book marked your sight and when i purchase one I will come back and do it through your link. Good information! Thank you.

    • January 13, 2018 at 6:17 am

      Glad to hear it Danae’ ! Thank you.

  • January 13, 2018 at 2:17 am

    Thanks for a great post. I have a family of people who have allergies. This includes my husband, myself (dust and pollen), and both my children. We use filters but it never feels like its enough so I appreciate getting this information because I haven’t even been thinking about these other toxins that I should consider. I did check out your links for the salts, but do you have a specific type/brand you are very fond of? Thanks

    • January 13, 2018 at 6:42 am

      Hi Kayla, I have a few Himalayan Salt lamps at my home and also at work. The ones I have bought also are also the top choice on

  • January 13, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Hello very informative, for years I had to put up with breathing in polluted air and never knew how to change this toxic cycle it followed me to work, at home, friends homes, in cars, everywhere, now no more out of all the suggestions you stated I personally prefer the Himalayan Salt lamps simply because of the look.

    Essential oils typical are the ones I would feel more comfortable traveling to work with the Eucalyptus and Lemon Eucalyptus seems to be more appealing to me because of the cooling sensation it creates when inhaled.

    Thank You for the information and Have a great Day

  • January 13, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Thank you for this information.
    I believe that I have poor air quality in my home, because often I have nose and throat irritation.
    When i go outside and take some deep breaths of fresh air, I feel better.

    What you are listing, as to what can happen when one is breathing toxic air, it fits on me.
    It is specially difficult to breath during these months, when I have to stay inside and have the windows closed.

    Maybe that the Himalaya Salt lamp could be my solution.
    I like it very much, it’s both cosy looking and having health benefits, a perfect lamp in my home.

    • January 13, 2018 at 6:37 am

      Raynold, I am sorry to hear that you are suffering, I hope you can find some relief. Another thing that can be helpful to some people is adding houseplants to their home. Spider plants and aloe plants are supposed to help. Good luck.

  • January 13, 2018 at 6:05 am

    Great post James!

    We have around 4 salt lamps at last count haha! Can never have too many I don’t think. Toxins are every where and I would also throw in the EMF’s from TV’s, computers, ipads etc. All bad for the body.

    Love your website, right up my alley. Thanks for a great post.


    • January 13, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Thank you Kev. I was just thinking about the ill effects of TV’s, with them getting larger and larger all the time. Electromagnetic fields are a problem. There are a host of EMF PROTECTION products out there.

  • January 14, 2018 at 10:54 am

    We are struggling with the flu virus at the moment there has been a terrible outbreak of it so we are trying our hardest not to catch it as it is lasting for a while leaving a nasty cough behind:(.
    The salt lamps look amazing do they really work? very beautiful also look relaxing:)
    I have never heard of bamboo charcoal bags, very interesting i may have to try them.
    I have tried the oils and swear by them they are very good.
    Nice information you have given:)

    • January 14, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Sharon, 

      That flu virus is a real pest. While I do believe Hinalayan Salt lamps do remove toxins, they unfortunately can’t do anything for you once you jave the flu. They migjt create a nice relaxingglow while you ride it out. Gell netter soon!


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