Simple Actions You Can Take for Cleaner Air in Your Home

Beige table lamp on table with chair in room
Deborah deMoulpied

Many of us have been spending an unusual amount of time at home. And we’ve been bombarded with messaging about washing and sanitizing our spaces. But what about the air we’re breathing on a daily basis in our homes?  These simple actions will result in cleaner air in your home.

  • Open windows, ventilate
  • Remove shoes
  • Wet mop & dust
  • Use HEPA filters or Central Vac
  • Test for radon in water & air
  • Don’t burn candles, but if you do, make sure they are unscented
  • Don’t use PVC shower curtains
  • Avoid dry cleaning that uses PERC (perchloroethylene)
  • Reduce use of products that emit volatile organic chemicals
  • Go fragrance-free
  • Use carbon catchers
  • Have house plants to absorb chemicals
  • Ventilate during cooking
  • Use safer cleaning products (see the Healthy Cleaners database at
  • Have chemical-free mattresses
  • Avoid flame retardants
  • Use natural bug repellents, no pesticides
  • Keep house clean & dry
  • Use pump sprays instead of aerosol
  • Store paints, solvents, and auto products safely
  • Avoid particle board products
  • Use air purifiers if necessary
  • Wear a mask while working on home projects

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