Sometimes it’s hard to realize that the air in our home is stale, musty, or even smelly. We get used to the smells in our house pretty quickly, until one of our friends walks inside and politely, but not-so-subtly, covers their nose. On a good day, the air in your home is filled with toxins, dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens. Fortunately, there are many ways to clean the air in your home without using harsh chemicals or smelly sprays.

Air Purifier with a HEPA Filter

As far as cleaning the air goes, air purifiers are the simplest method. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you will certainly benefit from plugging in one of these machines. An air purifier is essentially a vacuum cleaner that sucks up the contaminants in the air that are causing you to sneeze, cough, and wheeze. You won’t realize how dirty the air is in your home until you pull out the HEPA filter and see just how black it is. The results might shock you.


Houseplants are more attractive and much cheaper than air purifiers and they are amazing at filtering the air in the house. Indoor plants are recommended by none other than NASA, which suggests placing a variety of houseplants throughout the house, especially in small areas where there is less airflow. These toxin-eating plants will brighten up your room and even improve your mood! Common air-purifying houseplants include spider plants, devil’s ivy, dracaena, rubber plants, and peace lilies.


We’ve been talking about cleaning the air, but much of what is floating around your face is picked up by your feet and flung upwards. There’s a lot to be said about vacuuming the floors and carpets. Just because you don’t see crumbs or dirt on the floor, it doesn’t mean that pet dander, hair, or other small contaminants aren’t sitting there waiting to attack your sinuses and lungs. Vacuuming is essential to mitigating the contaminants in your home.

A Simple Wash and Dry

Do you own a pet? Is your home next to a construction site? There are many factors that contribute to unhealthy indoor air. An array of contaminants and toxins will float through your vent, your windows, and your front door and land softly inside your home. But they’ll also be carried inside by your clothes, hair, shoes, and purses. If you’re starting to notice that the air in your home is dry and dusty, toss your curtains, cushion covers, and other textiles in the washing machine. And while you’re at it, give your doggy a bath!

The best way to keep air contaminants at bay is to regularly clean your home. Homestead Maids provides full-service house and residential cleaning in Toronto. Contact us today!